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49ers snap count: Tomlinson provides upgrade over Beadles

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49ers snap count: Tomlinson provides upgrade over Beadles

SEATTLE – The 49ers’ defense got a lot of work on Sunday, and now it must bounce back on a short week to face the Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers’ defense was on the field for 82 plays, including penalties, and 38 minutes of the team’s 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The 49ers return to action Thursday night to face teh Rams at Levi's Stadium.

Defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner both played 67 snaps or 82 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps. Defensive backs Dontae Johnson, Rashard Robinson and Jaquiski Tartt played every every snap.

Guard Laken Tomlinson made his first start after being acquired in an Aug. 31 trade from the Detroit Lions. He allowed two quarterback hurries to provide the 49ers with an improvement over Zane Beadles, who ranked last in the NFL among guards after Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 49
Running back – Carlos Hyde 40, Kyle Juszczyk 17, Matt Breida 9
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 42, Pierre Garçon 39, Trent Taylor 21, Aldrick Robinson 12, Victor Bolden 1
Tight end – George Kittle 43, Garrett Celek 16, Logan Paulsen 5
Offensive line – Joe Staley 49, Trent Brown 49, Daniel Kilgore 49, Brandon Fusco 49, Laken Tomlinson 48, Garry Gilliam 1

DEFENSE
Defensive line – Arik Armstead 67, DeForest Buckner 67, Earl Mitchell 50, Solomon Thomas 48, Aaron Lynch 30, D.J. Jones 23, Elvis Dumervil 22, Tank Carradine 21
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 81, Ray-Ray Armstrong 68, Eli Harold 28, Brock Coyle 6, Dekoda Watson 1
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 82, Rashard Robinson 82, K’Waun Williams 54
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 82, Eric Reid 52, Jimmie Ward 38

SPECIAL TEAMS
Coyle 25, Watson 25, Mostert 22, Adrian Colbert 21, Elijah Lee 19, Celek 18, Asa Jackson 16, Bradley Pinion 14, Harold 14, Johnson 13, Robinson 11, Tartt 11, Breida 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Armstrong 10, Bolden 8, Paulsen 7, Taylor 7, Juszczyk 7, Reid 5, Zane Beadles 3, Robbie Gould 3, Staley 3, Brown 3, Kilgore 3, Fusco 3, Gilliam 3, Buckner 3, Armstead 3, Carradine 3, Mitchell 3, Ward 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB C.J. Beathard

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Lorenzo Jerome, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster (ankle), OL Erik Magnuson, DL Xavier Cooper

Rookie LB Fred Warner is setting the tone for 49ers, but he might be a little too loud

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Rookie LB Fred Warner is setting the tone for 49ers, but he might be a little too loud

When the 49ers selected inside linebacker Fred Warner of BYU in the third round of the draft, it was easy to see how he fit into the team's plan with the degree of uncertainty surrounding Reuben Foster.

While Foster remained away from the team’s offseason program for five weeks, Warner felt a need to get up to speed quickly if he was needed to be a starter for Week 1 of the regular season. Warner said he was determined to learn as quickly as possible at whatever position he lined up.

“They want consistency over a guy who can make a play here and there,” Warner said on The 49ers insider Podcast. “Because if you’re a liability and you’re out there missing assignments, stuff like that, that’s going to get you cut. You have to be able to retain this information very quickly and be able to produce on the field and put a good product out there. That’s the biggest thing.”

The 49ers consider the middle linebacker (mike) and weakside linebacker (will) positions as nearly interchangeable. The major difference is the mike position is the player who communicates in the huddle. Malcolm Smith is lining up with the first team at mike, while Foster is at will. Warner is leading the second team at mike.

Foster joined the 49ers’ offseason for the final four weeks after a judge dismissed two felony charges of domestic violence. Warner knew all about Foster, the player, before meeting him as a teammate.

“He’s a very physical player, and something I didn’t know about him that I know now, he’s probably the smartest guy in the room,” Warner said. “This dude has the memory of an elephant. He doesn’t have to write notes down. He just retains things very quickly. And I think that’s what allowed him to play at such a high level as a rookie last year, aside from his physical talent.”

Warner has also learned a lot from Smith, who played six NFL seasons before sitting out last year with a torn pectoral.

“We’ve worked after practice on man coverage on tight ends and running backs.,” Warner said. “Even though that might not be something we touch on in practice or a meeting, he just wants to touch on that with me because he said, ‘If you can do this, you can play on any team in the NFL.’ “

One of the few critiques of the rookie during the offseason program is that Warner, who said he was a quiet kid as a youngster, has been a little too loud.

“He’s very smart and he plays like it on the field,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during the first week of OTAs. “He doesn’t hesitate. He’s a rookie out there, but he’s calling the plays maybe even too loud because I can hear him from the offensive side. But, he doesn’t mind speaking up. He’s confident in what he’s doing.”

Warner said he wanted to win the confidence of his teammates, so that might have contributed to his increased decibel level.

“I want to make sure that when I get in that huddle and I’m talking to these guys, that they know that I know what I’m doing and I’m ready to go,” Warner said. “I’m the one who’s going to set the tone in the huddle before the play even happens.”

Former 49ers lineman Keith Fahnhorst, 66, passes away

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Former 49ers lineman Keith Fahnhorst, 66, passes away

Keith Fahnhorst, who played 14 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and started on two Super Bowl-winning teams, died on Tuesday. He was 66.

Fahnhorst was among a large group of players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl championship team that gathered at Levi’s Stadium in October in a celebration of Dwight Clark. Fahnhorst and Clark were teammates for the 49ers’ Super Bowl-titlle teams of 1981 and 1984. Clark passed away on June 6 from ALS.

Fahnhorst, who was in a wheelchair during his trip to the Bay Area last season, battled many physical ailments since his career ended in 1987. He was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and underwent a kidney transplant in 2002. Fahnhorst was also later diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

A second-round draft pick of the 49ers in 1974 from the University of Minnesota, Fahnhorst was a mainstay at right tackle as the organization struggled in the mid-to-late 1970s, then found success in the 1980s under coach Bill Walsh.

“Everybody knew they could count on Keith,” Walsh said in the 2005 book, “San Francisco 49ers: Where Have Gone?”

Fahnhorst appeared in 193 regular-season games, ranking behind only Len Rohde among offensive linemen in 49ers history. He started 170 games, including all 10 postseason games in which he appeared. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team and was selected as a first-team All-Pro after the 1984 season. He was a two-time winner of the Bobb McKittrick Award for best representing the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the longtime 49ers offensive line coach.

Keith Fahnhorst and his younger brother, Jim, were 49ers teammates for the final four years of Keith’s career. Jim Fahnhorst, a linebacker, played for the 49ers from 1984 to 1990. Neither Keith nor Jim Fahnhorst played for any NFL team other than the 49ers.