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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

49ers' Kendrick Bourne, NFL stars not fans of league's escrow proposal

49ers' Kendrick Bourne, NFL stars not fans of league's escrow proposal

With each passing day, the concerns over the coronavirus grow.

For the sports world, that means uncertainty. Will the games be played as scheduled? Will there be fans in the stands? What will revenue look like?

On Tuesday, the NFL reportedly made a financial proposal to the Players Association, and it didn't sit well with the latter group.

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported, citing sources, that the NFLPA told its board of representatives that the league is proposing to put 35 percent of players' 2020 salary into an escrow account.

Pelissero relayed a response from an NFLPA executive Don Davis.

As you can imagine, the idea of not getting their full salaries didn't sit well with the players, including 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.

Raiders right tackle Trent Brown weighed in.

Several other NFL stars, including newly minted $503 million-man Patrick Mahomes, shared the same reaction.

The NFL reportedly wants to cut the preseason from four games to two games, and the NFLPA later voted that no preseason games be played.

It's clear the two sides have a lot to work out before training camps open later this month.

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49ers' George Kittle voted top NFL tight end over Chiefs' Travis Kelce

49ers' George Kittle voted top NFL tight end over Chiefs' Travis Kelce

Who's the best tight end in the NFL?

While many feel strongly on the subject, there really are only two acceptable answers. You can bicker back and forth as to who is superior between 49ers tight end George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, but they're clearly in a tier unto themselves.

If you're partial to the intricacies of route-running, Kelce might be your choice. If you like a bruiser who contributes in all aspects of the offense, Kittle surely is your guy.

If there is a separation between the two, it's by hairs. Don't take my word for it. More than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players recently voted on the top 10 players at 11 different positions for the upcoming 2020 season, and the top two tight ends were separated by the slimmest margin of any position group.

To the delight of 49ers fans, and the ire of those of the Chiefs, Kittle came out on top. Just barely.

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After the first round of votes, ESPN's Jeremey Fowler reported Kittle and Kelce sat at a dead-even split. Additional voting and follow-up calls were required, which ultimately tilted the result in Kittle's favor.

Just like Kelce, Kittle was ranked as high as No. 1 at the position, but no lower than No. 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski was the only other player to receive a first-place vote, but last I checked it's 2020 and not 2015.

"Consecutive 1,000-yard seasons make Kittle a top contender, but his blocking and intensity helped earn him nearly half the first-place votes," Fowler wrote. "Where Kittle beats everyone is at the line of scrimmage and with the ball in his hands, as he forced a league-high 20 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus."

The voters were full of compliments for Kelce, but Kittle's mentality, leadership and scheme flexibility proved to be the tie-breakers.

"Be on the field, and see how he elevates the play of everyone in the offense. It's tangible," one NFC coordinator said. "He lifts everyone up."

"The passion on tape is unmatched," an AFC executive explained. "He's got that dog in him. More competitive than Kelce."

"Unreal passion, energy, toughness, blocking," said another executive.

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Kittle might have won the vote, but last time he and Kelce were on the same field, the Chiefs tight end got the better of him, both in the box score and in the Lombardi Trophy department. Of course, if Kittle isn't called for that questionable-at-best offensive pass interference penalty, it might be a completely different story.

In any case, there's no shame in Kelce being ranked below Kittle, nor would there be if it was the other way around. They're both extremely special players, and it's not a coincidence that their teams arguably are the two best in the NFL.