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Snap count: Hyde, Bowman play less, face uncertain futures

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Snap count: Hyde, Bowman play less, face uncertain futures

INDIANAPOLIS – Running back Carlos Hyde lost playing time to the “hot hand,” and linebacker NaVorro Bowman spent time on the 49ers’ sideline to remain “fresh.”

Two of the 49ers’ well-known veteran players with uncertain futures beyond this season saw their least-amount of play time for the season on Sunday in the team’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Backup running back Matt Breida played 35 of the 49ers’ 72 offensive plays, while Hyde was on the field for 33 snaps. Third-string running back Raheem Mostert played four snaps.

Bowman, who usually plays every snap, was on the field for 58 of the 49ers’ 76 offensive plays. Brock Coyle, who did not start, played a season-high 25 snaps on defense.

Coach Kyle Shanahan explained his decisions after the game.

“Really, we have three backs that are up,” Shanahan said. “And we try to give them all carries and go with the hot hand. We felt like Breida was the hot hand at the time.

“(Bowman) had a stinger during the game so he went out for a little bit there. We also had plans to take him out of a couple of series throughout the game just to make sure to keep him fresh.”

Bowman confirmed he sustained a mild stinger, but he said the condition did not keep him out of action.

Hyde is in the final year of his original four-year contract and is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season. Bowman appears unlikely to be back on the 49ers next season with salary and bonuses scheduled to pay him $9.45 million in 2018.

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

OFFENSE
(72 plays)
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 72
Running back – Matt Breida 35, Kyle Juszczyk 35, Carlos Hyde 33, Raheem Mostert 4
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 63, Marquise Goodwin 55, Trent Taylor 35, Aldrick Robinson 22, Victor Bolden 3
Tight end – George Kittle 40, Garrett Celek 32, Logan Paulsen 3
Offensive line – Joe Staley 72, Trent Brown 72, Daniel Kilgore 72, Brandon Fusco 72, Laken Tomlinson 72

DEFENSE
(76 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 67, Solomon Thomas 66, Arik Armstead 53, Earl Mitchell 47, Aaron Lynch 22, Elvis Dumervil 22, D.J. Jones 16, Xavier Cooper 12
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 58, Ray-Ray Armstrong 57, Brock Coyle 25, Eli Harold 24
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 72, Rashard Robinson 62, K’Waun Williams 55, Ahkello Witherspoon 6
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 76, Jimmie Ward 76, Lorenzo Jerome 20

SPECIAL TEAMS
(34 plays)
Coyle 29, Elijah Lee 24, Celek 23, Mosert 23, Harold 21, Bradley Pinion 18, Pita Taumoepenu 16, Bolden 16, Johnson 15, Paulsen 15, Asa Jackson 13, Breida 13, Tartt 12, Kyle Nelson 11, Jerome 11, Armstrong 10, R.Robinson 9, A.Robinson 7, Ward 7, Juszczyk 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Armstead 6, Mitchell 6, Jones 6, Garry Gilliam 5, Zane Beadles 5, Robbie Gould 5, Witherspoon 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Taylor 4, Williams 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB C.J. Beathard

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne
DB Eric Reid (knee)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Adrian Colbert (hamstring)
LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
OL Erik Magnuson

 

NFL rumors: Rams trading Brandin Cooks to Texans for second-round draft pick

NFL rumors: Rams trading Brandin Cooks to Texans for second-round draft pick

The Los Angeles Rams' rebuild continues.

After releasing former All-Pros Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews during free agency, the Rams continued their roster overhaul by reportedly agreeing to send wideout Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans in exchange for several draft picks, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, citing a source.

LA has been dealing with salary cap issues, trying to find money to pay franchise quarterback Jared Goff, all-world defensive lineman Aaron Donald, defensive back Jalen Ramsey and the other 49 players needed to fill out an NFL roster.

The team still ends up taking a dead cap hit on Cooks in 2020, but at least removes the remaining four years of his deal from the books.

With the departure of offensive weapons Gurley and Cooks along with Matthews’ defensive presence, it will be a very different LA attack the next time the team takes on the 49ers.

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After four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Cooks struggled through injuries and inconsistency on his way to just 583 receiving yards in 14 games during the 2019 season.

ProFootballTalk reported Thursday that the team already took a financial hit by holding onto Cooks this far into his contract.

With the 49ers aiming to defend their title as NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks remaining strong and the Arizona Cardinals fleecing Bill O’Brien and those head-scratching Texans for DeAndre Hopkins earlier this spring, there’s a clear new team at the bottom of the NFC West.

If we end up getting an NFL season in 2020, expect the division’s doormat to be in Tinseltown.

NFL Draft 2020: Why 49ers could trade up to No. 5 for Jeffrey Okudah

NFL Draft 2020: Why 49ers could trade up to No. 5 for Jeffrey Okudah

The NFL draft demonstrates to fans just how bold their team’s general managers can be.

Those willing to take a risk and try to move up in the first round sacrifice significant draft capital in exchange for a chance at a home run.

The 49ers happen to be one of those select few teams possessing multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft, giving GM John Lynch an opportunity to make a big splash.

One potential way Lynch could extend San Francisco’s championship window is by fortifying the secondary with Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah, writes Bleacher Report’s Marcus Mosher.

In this trade, the 49ers make the bold jump up to secure the former Ohio State Buckeye. But with the 49ers lacking in trade capital this year, they could send picks No. 13, No. 31 and another 2021 third-round selection. 

The 49ers have a win-now roster and could use a stud cover man to pair with Richard Sherman. Okudah is one of the best players in the draft and would give the team another versatile corner who could be used in both man and zone coverage. 

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Okudah is the consensus top defensive back in this year’s draft, combining length to disrupt the passing game with top-line speed, putting up a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Niners came up just short of hoisting the Lombardi trophy in February, despite holding dynamic gunslinger Patrick Mahomes to just 286 yards passing and the lowest postseason quarterback rating of his career.

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Okudah could provide an immediate impact in the secondary on the other side of Richard Sherman, but should the team sacrifice both of its first-round draft picks to fortify a position that is lower on the list of needs for Lynch’s roster?

Many fans likely rather would see the team grab one of this year's seemingly endless crop of talented wide receivers at No. 13 and then waiting and nabbing a cornerback later like TCU product Jeff Gladney at No. 31 overall.

We’ll find out just how bold this 49ers' front office wants to be in exactly two week’s time.