49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

The 49ers had 253 yards at halftime. Frank Gore rushed for 103 yards, and Alex Smith completed 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards.It's not that the 49ers got conservative in the second half. They just didn't play as well. Smith had a chance to have a big second half. But he was off-target on some of his throws, including what would've been a big gainer to Michael Crabtree.It was a sloppy second half, which opened with receiver Braylon Edwards stepping out of bounds before receiving a short pass from Smith.The 49ers managed one first down on their first five possessions of the second half. But even when the offense looks horrible, the 49ers have rarely turned the ball over. On Sunday, it was another turnover-free day for the offense.
Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' offensive performances from their 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive.
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Started at quarterback and completed 15 of 24 attempts for 177 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. His passer rating was 98.8. He also rushed for 22 yards on four attempts. . . . Again, he did not have any turnovers. . . Showed athleticism in first quarter when he avoided pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard in the pocket about 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, scrambled right, avoided cornerback Joe Haden and dove head-first, eluding defensive tackle Phil Taylor to pick up 3 yards on a third-and-2 play. . . . Opened himself up to a big hit from safety Usama Young with a late slide at the end of a 9-yard keeper in fourth quarter. . . . On next play, overshot a wide-open Crabtree 20 yards down the left sideline.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started and played 53 of the 49ers' 64 offensive plays. He rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 31 attempts. It was his fourth consecutive game of 125 yards or more. . . . He was initially ruled to have a second touchdown but referee Bill Leavy overturned the borderline call on review. He was close to another score on three plays later, but Leavy did not rule in favor of coach Jim Harbaugh's challenge. . . Gore did not catch a pass. . . . Picked up stunt around right side to allow Smith time to throw 41-yard pass to Michael Crabtree. . . . Missed a couple snaps in third quarter with a twisted right ankle but returned to the game and is fine.
24-Anthony Dixon: Did not play on offense, but was credited with one special-teams tackle. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: The 49ers' No. 2 running back played nine snaps in the game. He gained 26 yards on three rushing attempts.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive. He has been out since sustaining a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys. Norris returned for limited practice last Thursday and Friday.
49-Bruce Miller: Started the game at fullback and played 29 snaps. He had one pass thrown his way, which deflected off his fingertips. . . . Called for a false start when the 49ers were backed up at the goal line. The half-the-distance-penalty did not cost the 49ers any yardage -- more like a foot. . . . Had a knockdown block on linebacker D'Qwell Jackson 7 yards down the field on a run in which Hunter picked up 26 yards. . . . Good lead block vs. cornerback Joe Haden on Gore's 26-yard run in second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: He played 13 snaps as a blocking back, and came up with an 18-yard pass reception late in the fourth quarter on a crucial third-and-3 play. . . . Big block on Jackson at goal line on Gore's 4-yard TD run in first quarter. . . . Missed block on linebacker Chris Gocong, who shot through a gap to stop Gore for 1 yard on a third-and-2 play in first quarter. . . .Missed another block on Gocong as Gore was stopped for 1-yard loss on goal line.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: The 49ers' No. 4 receiver played seven snaps in the game. He did not have any passes thrown his way. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at flanker and played 38 snaps in the game, the most of any of the 49ers' wideouts. He had five receptions for 54 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown of the season . . . Drew a critical pass-interference penalty on Haden on a third-and-5 play that gave the 49ers a first down on opening drive, leading to a touchdown. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Entered the game at split end on the second play and played 33 snaps in the game. He caught four passes for 42 yards. . . . After being out since Sept. 18 with a torn meniscus, he got banged around on his first play when Smith threw behind him on a quick slant. He said after that play he did not think about his knee again. . . . Held block on cornerback Sheldon Brown down the field to allow Joe Staley to pick up 17 yards on tackle-eligible play. . . . Made outstanding diving catch for 8-yard gain midway through first quarter. .. . Had block on defensive end Jayme Mitchell that allowed Smith to get to the outside for 9-yard gain on third-and-1 play in second quarter. . . . Lost track of where he was on the field and stepped out of bounds on first play of the second half on pass thrown to him. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Inactive.
19-Ted Ginn: He started at wide receiver and played 26 snaps in the game. He had one pass intended for him but it was incomplete. . . Averaged 16.5 yards on two kickoff returns, and had two punt returns for a 9-yard average. He also had two fair catches.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: The 49ers' No. 2 tight end played 27 snaps of offense. He did not have any passes thrown his way. . . Outstanding blocks on Gore's 24-yard run when the 49ers were backed up at their own goal line. He started the play with a block on safety Mike Adams and then blocked linebacker Scott Fujita to allow Gore to get past the first two levels. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: The 49ers' No. 3 tight end entered when Vernon Davis left the game in the second quarter. Peelle played eight snaps in the game. . . Good one-one-one block on defensive end Jabaal Sheard on 26-yard gain by Gore in second quarter. . . . Picked up 19 yards on a pass over the middle in second quarter for his only catch of the game. . . . Sheard tossed him aside to stop Gore for no gain in third quarter.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played 56 snaps. He caught three passes for 27 yards . . . He missed seven plays in the second quarter when he injured his right arm. He returned and played all of the second half . . . He handled right defensive end Scott Paxson to open hole for Hunter on a 26-yard run in the first quarter. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center. Had block on defensive tackle Phil Taylor to seal the backside on Hunter's 26-yard run in first quarter. . . . Got 6 yards down field to block Jackson on Gore's gain of 14 yards in second quarter. . . . Was late getting over to help Adam Snyder when Taylor got past Snyder en route to a sack of Smith. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: He did not start, but he entered the game to play a couple of snaps at right guard. Blocked defensive tackle Brian Schaefering one-on-one on pass play in which Smith hit Davis for 7 yards.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard. Switched to left guard for one play when Mike Iupati left the field briefly in the first quarter. . . . Took safety T.J. Ward to the ground to open lane for Gore on a 26-yard run in second quarter. . . . Taylor initially used a club move to get around him on way to a sack. . . . Jackson bounced off his block in third quarter to throw Gore for a 1-yard loss at end of third quarter. . . . (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle. Teamed with Iupati for a take-down double-team block on defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin on Hunter's 26-yard gain in the first quarter. . . . Started out blocking on Paxson and peeled off into the flat to catch pass from Smith for a 17-yard gain on a tackle-eligible play. . . Didn't hold block on Mitchell on sweep to left side on which Gore was thrown for 3-yard loss. . . On next play, handled Mitchell in pass protection on 19-yard pass to Davis. . . (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He did not start but he played 12 snaps of offense as an extra blocker. . . He moved Sheard out of the way to open hole for Gore on his 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. . . . Called for a false start when he remained in the game at left tackle the play after Staley caught his pass.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle. Manhandled Sheard on play in which Gore ran to his side for a 5-yard gain in first quarter. . . . He provided flawless pass protection throughout the game. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard. He got enough of Gocong to allow Gore to get into end zone on 4-yard run in first quarter. . . . Got a kickout block on Ward that provided lane for Gore to gain 24 yards when the 49ers were backed up at their own goal line in first quarter. . . . Missed one play in the first quarter when he took a shot below the belt. . . . Block on Paxon opened hole for Gore's 14-yard gain in second quarter.
78-Mike Person: Inactive.

Chip Kelly: 'Zero distraction' from Colin Kaepernick last season

Chip Kelly: 'Zero distraction' from Colin Kaepernick last season

Former 49ers head coach Chip Kelly was front and center last season with the controversy that surrounded quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 season. 

Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem as a stance against racial injustice in the United States. The former 49ers quarterback first sat while the anthem played in a preseason game and then decided to kneel throughout the regular season. 

“There was zero distraction," Kelly said to the Monday Morning Quarterback. "He met with the team immediately after [his first protest]. He met with the other team leaders. He explained his position and where he was coming from." 

After Kaepernick met with his teammates, Kelly saw one focus in his signal caller -- football only. 

"Literally, that was it. Colin was focused on football. He was all about the team and trying to help us win," Kelly said. 

Kaepernick is currently a free agent after opting out of his contract this offseason. Kelly believes Kaepernick is still plenty capable of leading an NFL team. 

"Do I think he is one of the top 64 quarterbacks in the world? There is no question. Does he have the ability to play quarterback on a winning team in the NFL? There is no question," Kelly said. 

In 2016, Kaepernick played in 12 games for Kelly, starting 11 of them under center. He threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, Kaepernick added 468 yards rushing and two more scores. 

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.