49ers snap count: Wide receivers washed away against Patriots

49ers snap count: Wide receivers washed away against Patriots

SANTA CLARA – In the absence of Torrey Smith, the 49ers on Sunday used five different wide receivers.

It was difficult to tell.

Only two of the 49ers’ wideouts caught passes Sunday in the 49ers’ 30-17 loss to the New England Patriots at Levi’s Stadium.

On this day, Chris Harper and Quinton Patton ranked fifth and sixth on the team in receiving. Harper had two receptions for 35 yards, while Patton caught two passes for 17 yards. Patton played 54 snaps, while Harper was on the field for 33 offensive plays.

Afterward, 49ers coach Chip Kelly admitted the 49ers are far from being a team that offers an abundance of threats in the passing game. Smith missed the first game of his NFL career on Sunday due to a shoulder injury.

“That’s just not what we’re built for,” Kelly said. “Torrey wasn’t in (the game). We don’t have a go to wide receiver that’s going to elicit double coverage and then all of a sudden you’re going to get single matchups across the ball and then we can line up in empty sets all day long and throw the ball all over the lot. That’s just not the way we’re built right now.”

Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley started and played 42 snaps. He had six passes thrown his way but was held without a catch for the first time this season. Kerley remains as the 49ers’ top receiver this season with 40 catches for 424 yards.

Harper played 33 snaps, while rookie Aaron Burbridge was on the field for 29 plays and Rod Streater saw action on seven plays.

Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:

62 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
54 -- WR Quinton Patton
46 -- TE Vance McDonald
42 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
40 -- RB Carlos Hyde
33 -- TE Garrett Celek, WR Chris Harper
29 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
13 -- RB DuJuan Harris
9 -- RB Shaun Draughn
7 -- WR Rod Streater
4 -- TE Blake Bell

75 -- LB Nick Bellore
74 -- DL DeForest Buckner, SS Antoine Bethea
72 -- FS Eric Reid, CB Tramaine Brock
65 -- CB Jimmie Ward
57 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
54 -- LB Eli Harold
42 -- LB Gerald Hodges
41 -- DL Quinton Dial
38 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
37 -- DL Ronald Blair
35 -- CB Rashard Robinson
26 -- DB Jaquiski Tartt, LB Tank Carradine
14 -- CB Keith Reaser
12 -- LB Michael Wilhoite, DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
5 -- CB Dontae Johnson
3 -- DL Mike Purcell
1 -- LB Shayne Skov, DB JaCorey Shepherd

Special teams
26 -- Johnson, Skov
21 -- Bell, Wilhoite
17 -- Burbridge, Streater
15 -- Draughn, Bellore
13 -- Tartt, Shepherd
11 -- Kyle Nelson, Bradley Pinion, Celek, Reaser
10 -- Jerod-Eddie
9 -- Ward
8 -- Buckner, Dial
7 -- Phil Dawson, Reid, Brooks
6 -- McDonald, Harris
5 -- Marcus Cromartie, Kerley, Blair, Purcell
4 -- Brock
3 -- Andrew Tiller, Garnett, Brown, Staley, Beadles
2 -- Dorsey
1 -- Harold, Carradine

Did not play
QB Blaine Gabbert
C Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
OLB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
T John Theus
WR Torrey Smith (shoulder)
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DT Chris Jones

49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues


49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

The 49ers named Dustin Little head athletic trainer Tuesday, locking in one of the final pieces of their new strength and conditioning and athletic training structure. 

After 17 players spent time on injured reserve during the 2018 season and 24 players the season prior, the 49ers sought change. The team fired longtime head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and head of strength and conditioning Ray Wright. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both identified streamlining the two programs as an offseason priority. 

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” Shanahan said after the season ended. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

“We consulted with some other teams,” Lynch said a few months ago. “Organizations in some other sports, looking for the right answers, and trying to put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. We’re just trying to get that deal right."

Hiring Ben Peterson as the head of player health and performance several weeks ago was the first step of that process. Peterson and Little will work together closely, as the 49ers model their structure after the NHL and NBA. 

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“We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group,” Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. 

“Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard.”

Little comes to Santa Clara after spending more than five years in Denver in a variety of roles, including as an assistant athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation. 

49ers sign punter Justin Vogel as potential replacement for Bradley Pinion

49ers sign punter Justin Vogel as potential replacement for Bradley Pinion

After losing punter Bradley Pinion in free agency last week, the 49ers signed someone to take his place.

Or, at least, they signed a player who must withstand a likely competition to take his place.

The 49ers on Tuesday signed punter Justin Vogel, 25, who had an impressive rookie season with the Green Bay Packers but was cut after the team drafted punter JK Scott in the fifth round.

Vogel (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) originally entered the NFL in 2017 after signing with the Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent from Miami.

He appeared in all 16 games and posted a club-record with a net average of 41.6 yards. He was named as a Pro Bowl alternate after also recording a gross average of 44.4 yards.

The Cleveland Browns claimed Vogel, but released him before the start of the regular season. He did not appear in an NFL game last season.

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The 49ers are expected to add another punter to compete with Vogel during training camp.

Pinion last week signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.