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49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

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49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

Here is the entire offensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Started at quarterback, and though his stats were pedestrian, Smith played pretty well. He completed 14 of 26 passes for 179 yards. He also had three other catchable passes fall incomplete in the first half. Those plays could've gone for big yardage. . . . He made a couple plays with his legs on the opening drive, including his second-effort plunge on a fourth-and-1 play. . . Picked up a third down that led to a field goal in the third quarter with a 12-yard scramble on a third-and-8 situation to the Seattle 34. . . . He made a good through with a pass-rusher in his face to hook up with Michael Crabtree for 41 yards on the drive that produced the game-winning field goal. . . He finished with 22 yards rushing on five carries, including a kneel-down at the end of the game.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started at running back and played 46 of the team's 68 offensive plays. . . Gained 83 yards on 23 rushing attempts, including a 4-yard touchdown run to cap the opening drive. Gore also caught one pass for 13 yards.
24-Anthony Dixon: He did not see any action on offense as he saw all of his action on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He played 23 offensive snaps and had a fine day with a career-high 73 yards rushing on just 12 carries. Hunter also added an 11-yard reception . . . Showed tremendous vision to cut back with little opening for a 10-yard gain in first quarter.
44-Moran Norris: Suited up for the game and played one snap of offense as Bruce Miller's backup.
49-Bruce Miller: Started at fullback and played 34 snaps -- exactly half of the team's offensive plays. . . Miller caught one pass for 3 yards. . . . Made block on cornerback Richard Sherman while Gore scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. . . Made block on linebacker K.J. Wright on Gore 11-yard run in third quarter. . . Upended defensive end Red Bryant with a cut block to help Hunter pick up 15 yards on final play of the third quarter. . . On kickoff coverage, he made initial hit on dangerous return man Leon Washington to drop him at 19-yard line with 2:52 remaining in the game. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Played two snaps of offense during the third-quarter drive that led to the 49ers' only TD. . . He was on the field for Gore's 4-yard TD run in the third quarter, and got enough of Wright to slow him down from being a factor on the play.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played 39 snaps and for the first time in his career he was out there regularly in two-receiver sets before sustaining a head injury. . . He caught just one pass for 4 yards, but had a good day filling in for return man Ted Ginn. Williams averaged 20.5 yards on two punt returns, and he averaged 28.7 yards on three kick returns. . . Helped set up the field goal that gave the 49ers a 13-10 lead in the third quarter with a 36-yard punt return. . . . Was knocked out after Seahawks' Michael Robinson hit him in the back while Adrian Moten went helmet-to-chin after Williams slipped to the turf in the fourth quarter on a kickoff return. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: He started and played 58 snaps in the game. . . He was the game's leading receiver with five catches for 85 yards. . . Mistimed his jump and could not come down with what would've been a nice catch on a well-thrown deep pass from Smith in the first quarter. . . . Made good leaping pass for a 27-yard gain on first play of third quarter. . . Shielded cornerback Brandon Browner to make jumping catch of a 41-yard pass from Smith and then held onto it after going to the ground hard. The play set up the game-winning David Akers field goal. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: He played 21 snaps in the game and was not a factor. He was targeted twice, as he caught one pass for 9 yards. . . Penalized for an illegal block in the back on a run play in which Gore got to the 1-yard line in the third quarter. . . Called for offensive pass interference in the fourth quarter. . . . The 49ers informed him of his release from the squad Tuesday morning. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: He played one snap from scrimmage and was part of the 49ers' coverage teams on punts and kickoffs.
19-Ted Ginn: Inactive (left ankle).Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: Started as a second tight end, and was playing nearly every snap until he sustained a potential season-ending jaw injury in the first quarter. . . He went to the ground while trying to make cut block on Wright, and got inadvertently kneed in the head by Leroy Hill, who was attempting to leap over Walker to get to the ballcarrier. The impact knocked Walker's helmet off as he sustained a suspected fractured jaw. It is not known whether Walker will be available for the playoffs. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: Entered after Walker's injury and played a total of 20 snaps from scrimmage. . . . As a lead blocker on his first play, he got block on Hill to help Gore pick up 6 yards. . . Block on defensive end Chris Clemons allowed Hunter to get to the outside and pick up 6 yards in third quarter.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played every snap. He caught four passes for 54 yards. . Got behind cornerback Richard Marshall but juggled deep pass near the sideline and did not get both feet in-bounds in the first quarter. . . . Dropped a second-quarter pass on a crossing route that would've been a first down. . . Did good job to keep feet in-bounds on fourth-and-2 play that went for 16 yards in third quarter. . . . Made a similar catch for 17 yards two plays later. . . Made one-on-one block of defensive end Red Bryant as Gore picked up 6 yards to his side in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started and played every snap at center. He had a very good game as a blocker and executing the silent count. . . Quarterback Alex Smith followed behind him and left guard Mike Iupati to pick up 1 yard on a fourth-and-1 sneak in the first quarter. . . . Made block on defensive tackle Alan Branch as Gore picked up 2 yards up the middle on third-and-1 in first quarter. . . Made double-team block and then got to the second level to block Hill on a Gore 11-yard run. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: He reported as an extra blocker on two offensive plays.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive (coaches' decision). (Follow on Twitter @DanielKilgore67)
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard and played every snap. . . . Good block on defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to seal back side on Gore's 14-yard run in the first quarter. . . He picked up linebacker Leroy Hill on a blitz, but Hill drove him back and dropped Smith for a 4-yard loss on what was essentially a coverage sack. . . . Made block at linebacker level to enable Hunter to pick up 24 yards on a third-and-1 play at end of first half. . . Made powerful blocks on David Hawthorne and safety Kam Chancellor on Gore's 4-yard TD run in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle, and had a very good game in pass protection. . . . Was able to stretch out defensive tackle Red Bryant, allowing Hunter a cutback lane for a 10-yard gain in first quarter. . . .Lined up as a tight end on the right side and made good block on Clemons on Gore's 4-yard touchdown run. . . . Stuck with block on Hawthorne as Hunter picked up 15 yards late in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: Entered the game twice in the third quarter as an extra blocker.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle, and had a solid game in run-blocking and pass protection. . . . He was called for the 49ers' only false start of the game, as he and Staley moved at the exact same time to draw a flag in the third quarter. . . . Went straight to the second level to get block on Hawthorne on a Gore run of 11 yards in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played every snap. . . . Quarterback Alex Smith followed behind him and Goodwin to pick up 1 yard on a fourth-and-1 sneak in the first quarter. . . Made block at linebacker level to enable Hunter to pick up 24 yards on a third-and-1 play at end of first half.
78-Mike Person: Inactive (coaches' decision).

Snap count: 49ers' rookie running backs watch the veterans

Snap count: 49ers' rookie running backs watch the veterans

SANTA CLARA – Rookie running backs Joe Williams and Matt Breida have made strong bids for roster spots. But on Saturday night, the 49ers wanted to see what the veterans could do.

Williams entered the game late and played only four snaps of offense. He carried once for 1 yard. Another designed run play was aborted when a Denver Broncos defensive lineman got into the backfield so quickly he forced a fumble before the handoff could occur.

Breida, an undrafted rookie from Georgia Southern, did not see any snaps on offense in the 49ers’ 33-14 loss to the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said the plan all along was for Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs to see a lot of action after neither played in the exhibition opener.

“We’re trying to give them a chance to compete,” Shanahan said. “We see it in practice each day, but in games you want to see what guys do breaking through those arm tackles and see how they perform.

“We have a tough competition at back. If you rotate them every series, you don’t really give anyone a chance to show what they are. We try to do it that way. I’ve really tried to do it that way my entire career. You try to select which games you’re going to try to give guys a number of carries, so you have enough when it’s all said and done after four to try to make a decision.”

The 49ers’ run game was non-existent against the Broncos. Starter Carlos Hyde gained 26 yards on eight attempts. Bibbs managed 6 yards on four carries, while Hightower was thrown for minus-1 yard on three rushes.

In the exhibition opener last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Williams gained 60 yards on seven carries, while Breida rushed for 40 yards on 11 tries. Raheem Mostert, the 49ers' leading rusher (15 carries, 89 yards) in the exhibition opener, was limited to just four plays on special teams.

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

OFFENSE
Quarterback – *Brian Hoyer 24, C.J. Beathard 20, Matt Barkley 4
Running back – *Carlos Hyde 20, Tim Hightower 14, Kapri Bibbs 10, *Kyle Juszczyk 6, Tyler McCloskey 5, Joe Williams 4
Wide receiver – Louis Murphy 23, *Marquise Goodwin 18, Kendrick Bourne 15, Jeremy Kerley 13, Aldrick Robinson 13, Victor Bolden 12, Trent Taylor 11, *Pierre Garçon 10, DeAndre Carter 5
Tight end – George Kittle 22, Garrett Celek 12, Logan Paulsen 10, *Vance McDonald 9, Blake Bell 5, Cole Hikutini 3
Offensive line – Erik Magnuson 25, *Trent Brown 24, *Zane Beadles 23, *Daniel Kilgore 23, *Brandon Fusco 23, *Joe Staley 23, JP Flynn 21, Tim Barnes 21, Garry Gilliam 21, John Theus 20, Darrell Williams 4, Norman Price 4, Andrew Lauderdale 4, Andrew Gardner 4

DEFENSE
Defensive line – D.J. Jones 38, Leger Douzable 36, Pita Taumoepenu 31, *Chris Jones 30, Quinton Dial 23, *Arik Armstead 23, *Earl Mitchell 19, Solomon Thomas 16, *Tank Carradine 15, Noble Nwachukwu 15, Elvis Dumervil 8
Linebacker – Dekoda Watson 33, Brock Coyle 30, Ray-Ray Armstrong 30, Ahmad Brooks 30, *Eli Harold 23, *Reuben Foster 23, *NaVorro Bowman 23, Shayne Skov 22, Alex Calitro 21
Cornerback – Asa Jackson 40, Ahkello Witherspoon 39, Keith Reaser 30, Will Davis 22, *Dontae Johnson 20, *Rashard Robinson 20, K’Waun Williams 11
Safety – *Lorenzo Jerome 37, Jaquiski Tartt 33, *Eric Reid 23, Don Jones 22, Vinnie Sunseri 19, Adrian Colbert 19
* -- Starter

SPECIAL TEAMS
D.Jones 18, Bell 17, Taumoepenu 17, DeAndre Smelter 16, Jerome 16, Celek 11, Watson 11, Coyle 10, Sunseri 10, Armstrong 10, Skov 9, C.Jones 9, Tartt 9, Bradley Pinion 8, Calitro 8, Colbert 8, Paulsen 8, Jackson 8, Kyle Nelson 7, Bolden 7, Bibbs 6, Witherspoon 6, Reaser 5, Dial 5, Davis 5, Raheem Mostert 4, Harold 4, Carter 4, Johnson 4, D.Williams 4, D.J. Jones 4, Robbie Gould 3, Robinson 3, J.Williams 3, Flynn 3, Douzable 3, Carradine 3, Nwachukwu 2, Price 2, Taylor 2, Kerley 2, Barnes 2, Theus 2, Magnuson 2, McCloskey 2, Armstrong 2, Foster 2, Reid 2, Bowman 2, Mitchell 2, Nick Rose 1, Matt Breida 1, Tim Patrick 1, Thomas 1, Bourne 1, Lauderdale 1, Brooks 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Nick Mullens, WR Aaron Burbridge, DB Will Redmond, DB Jimmie Ward, DB Prince Charles Iworah, LB Sean Porter, LB Aaron Lynch, G Joshua Garnett, DL Ronald Blair, DL DeForest Buckner

Potential big play slips from Hoyer's grasp during preseason loss to Broncos

Potential big play slips from Hoyer's grasp during preseason loss to Broncos

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Brian Hoyer threw the ball well enough to impress the Denver Broncos’ defensive backs during the 49ers’ two joint practices.

While he hit most of his passes on Saturday night, it was one that slipped away that summarized the 49ers’ 33-14 loss to the Broncos in the second exhibition game for both teams.

Hoyer had plenty of time to throw and saw a potential big play unfolding as he started to throw to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. But the ball popped out of Hoyer’s right hand as he began to throw.

“I was getting ready to rip it to Kerley,” Hoyer said. “He had a double-move route, and I thought he was going to win. I went to throw it. And I was going to throw it hard, and literally, I think my arm even went forward and I was looking around, ‘What happened to the ball?' "

The ball ended up loose on the ground, where Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris recovered.

“My quarterbacks coach asked me, ‘When’s the last time that happened to you?’ Hoyer said. “Maybe a few years ago in practice, that happened one time. I never had that happen in a game. It’s the worst feeling. You go to throw the ball and you’re looking, and all of a sudden, you look around and you have no idea where it is.”

Hoyer and the 49ers passing game was sharp during two practice sessions with the Broncos during the week, prompting All-Pro defensive backs Aqib Talib and Chris Harris to praise the Hoyer, as well as coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Hoyer completed 8 of 11 pass attempts for 89 yards under the lights of Levi's Stadium. He threw an interception when 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin juggled the ball and Denver defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris wrestled the ball away from him as they tumbled to the ground.

“There weren’t any reads on his 11 attempts that I was upset with,” Shanahan said of Hoyer.

“(On) his pick, Marquise has to catch that ball. He threw it to him. That keeps the drive alive. He just didn’t catch it clean and the DB made a good play. I wish Brian could’ve played longer to get a chance to get into some sort of rhythm.”

In the game, the 49ers committed 11 penalties for 86 yards and turned the ball over five times. Denver scored 27 points off those turnovers.

“I don’t think any of us should be pleased right now,” Hoyer said. “When you put the defense in that situation, regardless of whether it’s a regular-season game or a preseason game, you should feel displeased with the performance.”