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49ers snap count: Wide receiver inconsistency seen in loss to Seahawks

49ers snap count: Wide receiver inconsistency seen in loss to Seahawks

SANTA CLARA -- After wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders exited with a rib injury in the first half, the 49ers had a difficult time finding any production from the passing game.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was under constant pressure and did not consistently deliver the most catchable throws. The 49ers’ pass-catchers struggled, too, with five dropped passes, according to Pro Football Focus, though it seemed like more 

The 49ers' passing game struggled without Sanders and tight end George Kittle in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night that dropped San Francisco from the ranks of the unbeaten.

“They’re our two best playmakers, so it definitely takes a toll,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.

The 49ers suited up six receivers, and rookie Deebo Samuel provided the team with their only threat in the passing game.

Samuel played 73 of the 49ers’ 88 offensive plays. He caught eight passes for 112 yards. He had one drop, along with Marquise Goodwin and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Kendrick Bourne caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, along with a two-point conversion, but he dropped two throws from Garoppolo.

Bourne saw the second-most action among the 49ers’ receivers. He was on the field for 62 snaps.

Dante Pettis played 33 snaps and did not catch a pass while being targeted three times. Goodwin played just 12 snaps and did not catch a pass on the three times he was targeted, either.

“His forearm, I think, was cramping up,” coach Kyle Shanahan said when asked if Goodwin was injured. “Something with that, but he returned.”

Richie James was the sixth receiver to suit up for the game, but he did not see any snaps on offense. He was relegated to 19 snaps on special teams.

On defense, the 49ers’ depth on the line is dwindling.

The 49ers have been able to keep their defensive linemen fresh with a rotation involving eight players. On Monday, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead got a full night of work, playing 70 and 69 snaps, respectively. They also played 13 snaps apiece on special teams.

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The 49ers’ depth took a hit on Monday when defensive end Ronald Blair sustained a potential season-ending knee injury. Starting nose tackle D.J. Jones also left the game early with a groin injury.

Here is a look at how much everyone on the 49ers played Monday night on offense, defense and special teams:

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 88
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 88
Running back – Tevin Coleman 44, Kyle Juszczyk 41, Matt Breida 25, Raheem Mostert 19
Wide receiver – Deebo Samuel 73, Kendrick Bourne 62, Dante Pettis 33, Emmanuel Sanders 26, Marquise Goodwin 12
Tight end – Ross Dwelley 80, Garrett Celek 12, Levine Toilolo 12
Offensive line – Laken Tomlinson 88, Mike Person 88, Mike McGlinchey 88, Joe Staley 88, Weston Richburg 77, Ben Garland 11
Did not play – QB Nick Mullens

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 74
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 70, Arik Armstead 69, Nick Bosa 61, Solomon Thomas 29, Sheldon Day 25, Dee Ford 23, Ronald Blair 14, D.J. Jones 9
Linebacker – Fred Warner 74, Dre Greenlaw 71, Azeez Al-Shaair 8, Elijah Lee 4
Defensive back – Jaquiski Tartt 74, Emmanuel Moseley 74, Richard Sherman 74, Jimmie Ward 73, K’Waun Williams 59, D.J. Reed 2, Tarvarius Moore 1

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 35
Moore 30, Mark Nzeocha 27, Lee 27, Marcell Harris 23, Mostert 21, Richie James 19, Ward 18, Mitch Wishnowsky 16, Tartt 16, Celek 15, Moseley 13, Buckner 13, Armstead 13, Reed 13, Kyle Nelson 10, Bourne 10, Thomas 10, Greenlaw 9, Day 8, Al-Shaair 8, Warner 7, Williams 7, Blair 7, Chase McLaughlin 6, Daniel Brunskill 5, Person 5, Tomlinson 5, McGlinchey 5, Richburg 5, Juszczyk 5, Bosa 3, Pettis 2, Jones 2, Goodwin 1, Ford 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
K Robbie Gould
CB Ahkello Witherspoon
RB Jeff Wilson
OL Justin Skule
DL Jullian Taylor
TE George Kittle

49ers Mailbag: Could Terrell Suggs be staying in the NFC West?

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49ers Mailbag: Could Terrell Suggs be staying in the NFC West?

The 49ers have established good depth this season and have managed to keep rolling despite 15 players going on injured reserve since training camp.

The defensive line has been an area of great depth since the additions of Dee Ford in a trade and Nick Bosa in the draft. But that unit has taken some recent hits.

The possibility of the 49ers adding some depth leads off this edition of 49ers Mailbag:

I do not see any possibility – or reason – for the 49ers to put in a roster claim for 31-year-old cornerback Janoris Jenkins. But Terrell Suggs is a different story.

The 49ers have seen their depth at edge rusher diminished with season-ending injuries to Ronald Blair and his replacement, Damontre Moore. Also, Dee Ford is not expected to play in the final three games of the regular season. Ford’s hamstring injury could carry over into the postseason, too.

Therefore, it would make sense for the 49ers to make a claim for Suggs, whom the Arizona Cardinals waived on Friday. The problem is that the 49ers are No. 31 in the priority claim list. So, 30 teams would have to pass on Suggs.

As if a reminder is needed, the list of teams in front of the 49ers in the order of waiver claims includes the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. It would not shock me if either (or both) put in claims for Suggs to prevent the 49ers from getting him. (If that were the case, and no other teams submitted a claim him, Suggs would end up with teh Rams.)

As for Jenkins, whom the New York Giants waived on Friday, whose spot is he going to take? Not Ahkello Witherspoon. Not Emmanuel Moseley. And Richard Sherman is due back soon. The 49ers have a good thing going, and I don’t see them going after Jenkins.

Both Suggs and Jenkins – and the rest of the football world – will find out on Monday. That’s when the waiver-claiming period ends for both players.

While in his 30s, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan always stayed with the hot player. He turned 40 on Saturday. My guess is Shanahan will be the same person into his early-40s.

In recent weeks the hot running back was Raheem Mostert. He leads the team in rushing yards (608) and rushing average (6.0). He has never started a game in his NFL career, but when the 49ers were in a do-or-die situation against the New Orleans Saints, Mostert was on the field.

That tells you all you need to know.

The 49ers believe Mostert is one of the best special-teams players in the NFL. I tend to agree with that assessment. He is now producing like one of the top running backs in the league, too.

So, yes, with the more he’s asked to do on offense, the more it seems he is pulled away from special-teams coordinator Richard Hightower. But he still has a role on special teams.

Last week against the Saints, Mostert played 38 snaps on offense and was on the field for 16 plays of special teams. He is playing a little bit less on special teams than typical, but the 49ers still him use in that phase of the game because he is so darn good.

That’s a difficult one, but I think the price might be too high to retain Arik Armstead on a one-year franchise deal.

Remember, this is a team that hopes to be able to sign DeForest Buckner and George Kittle to long-term extensions.

It’ll cost the 49ers approximately $18 million to place the franchise tag on Armstead. Unused cap money rolls over, so that would be $18 million fewer dollars to pay out elsewhere.

As for cap casualties, I don’t see any way the 49ers can retain running back Jerick McKinnon at his scheduled salary. And there is no way they will keep wide receiver Marquise Goodwin whatever the price.

The reason the 49ers have kept both Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard behind Jimmy Garoppolo is because they honestly believe they are among the team’s 53-best players. They view Mullens and Beathard as valuable assets to the organization.

Also, remember, only 46 players suit up for games. So it really does not matter if they keep a player at another position on the 53-man roster because that player would not be suiting up for games, anyway.

Certainly, Robert Saleh will get some attention for head-coaching openings. His work as 49ers defensive coordinator should get him in the door as a candidate, and he will undoubtedly be impressive in the interview process.

Two individuals who could be candidates to become offensive coordinators with play-calling responsibilities are passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur and run game coordinator Mike McDaniel.

Shanahan declined to grant permission to Green Bay for LaFleur and Arizona for McDaniel to hire those two assistants because he considered those coaching positions to be lateral moves. The head coaches in both of those places call the offensive plays, just as Shanahan does with the 49ers.

I do not believe the 49ers are going to breeze through this game because of the injuries, as well as the difficulty of bouncing back from such an emotional victory. Also, the Atlanta Falcons are playing better football. It is not going to be easy.

It will be difficult, no doubt.

But I think you also have to look at the players who have been lost for the season due to injuries. Here’s how I rank the importance of the players lost to season-ending injuries:

1, Nose tackle D.J. Jones
2, Center Weston Richburg
3, Linebacker Kwon Alexander
4, Edge Ronald Blair

The remainder of the guys on injured reserve were not going to be big factors down the stretch of the season.

Those four listed above are all very good players, but I believe as long as the rest of the injured guys who are going to miss the game Sunday – Richard Sherman, Jaquiski Tartt, K’Waun Williams, Jullian Taylor and Ford – can return in time for the playoffs, the 49ers should be fine.

Dante Pettis, I would assume, will be in uniform. He has been cleared to play after sitting out two games with a knee injury. Jordan Matthews was signed this week to be the 49ers’ sixth receiver, so I would not envision him suiting up for the game.

49ers activate Kentavius Street off IR to take D.J. Jones' roster spot

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49ers activate Kentavius Street off IR to take D.J. Jones' roster spot

After missing the first 29 games of his NFL career due to a knee injury sustained in a pre-draft workout, 49ers defensive lineman Kentavius Street is set to play in his first game in nearly two years.

The 49ers activated Street off injured reserve Saturday to take the roster spot vacated when defensive tackle D.J. Jones was placed on injured reserve. Jones is out for the season with a severe high-ankle sprain.

“It’s something I’ve been preparing for for a while now, so I’m extremely excited for the opportunity,” Street said this week about the likelihood he would be activated to the 49ers’ 53-man roster.

Street is a versatile defender who can line up at any position along the 49ers’ defensive line. He will be counted on to be a rotational player and provide depth. The 22-year-old primarily played defensive end during the offseason program and training camp, but could see more action at defensive tackle.

“The great thing about our defense is, whether you’re inside, outside, playing on the tight end, playing on the guard, it’s relatively the same," Street said. "It’s just a bigger person in front of you. It’s not really much of a change.”

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Jones started 11 games at nose tackle before sustaining the season-ending injury on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Street was expected to be a second- or third-round draft pick 2018 before he tore his ACL during a workout with the New York Giants. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list. Street experienced discomfort in training camp and was moved to injured reserve one day after the team’s cut to 53 players.