49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

Here is the entire offensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:Quarterbacks
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Completed 20 of 38 passes for 267 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 81.8. He also rushed seven times for 17 yards, including three kneeldowns at the end of the game for minus-1 yard. . . .He was on the sideline for one play in the first quarter for a "wildcat" play that never happened. With Kendall Hunter ready to receive the direct snap, the 49ers were called for a false start . . . While Smith was not always on target with his throws, his receivers got their hands on seven of his first eight incomplete throws. . . Missed wide-open receiver Michael Crabtree in second quarter for what would've been a 16-yard touchdown in second quarter. . . He got away from pressure on first play of fourth quarter but threw his second career interception in the red zone as linebacker Daryl Washington picked him off.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started at halfback and played 56 of the 49ers' 87 snaps in the game. He gained 88 yards on 24 carries. He caught one pass for 6 yards. With a secure lead, he was able to rest for the final four offensive possessions of the game.
24-Anthony Dixon: Saw his most extensive play time of the season with 10 snaps on offense. Eight of his snaps came on the 49ers' final drive of the game. . . He gained 32 yards on seven rushes. . . . Ran hard and broke tackles at the line of scrimmage on an 8-yard run in late fourth quarter to help run out the clock. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He played 20 saps in the game, and carried 11 times for 27 yards, and also caught one pass for 15 yards. . . . Was a bit slow in recognizing one pass-rusher to pick up, but typically did an acceptable job in pass protection.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive (coaches' decision). He is healthy, but he has not suited up since sustaining a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys. . . . He is likely to be active for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
49-Bruce Miller: Started at fullback and played 13 snaps before leaving with a concussion. He caught one pass for 5 yards, but sustained a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. . . Called for false start on first drive. . . . Made block of Daryl Washington in the hole to help spring Gore for a 14-yard gain. . . He sustained a concussion when Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson delivered a left shoulder to Miller's head at the end of a 5-yard reception late in the first quarter. . . . He entered for two more plays over the next couple of drives before leaving the game for good. . . . His status is questionable for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Played just one snap of offense as an extra blocker.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played a season-high 32 snaps. Caught a career-high five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. . . He was targeted five times, and he and Alex Smith hooked up every time. . . . Exploited mismatch against outside linebacker Sam Acho to pick up 13 yards on crossing route. . . . Kept chains moving with 11-yard reception on a fourth-and-2 play in the second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at flanker and played 62 snaps. He caught seven passes for 120 yards, mostly against rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson . . . . Ran a stop-and-go to beat Peterson for a 38-yard gain on third down in first quarter. . . Picked up a third-and-7 with a 13-yard catch on Peterson. . . Made a big play to open the third quarter with a 29-yard reception in which he picked up 23 yards after the catch and made four Cardinals defenders miss. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Started at split end and played 32 snaps. He did not catch a pass. . . Had first pass of the game in his hands but Cardinals cornerback Richard Marshall jarred it out of his grasp. . . . Had a high pass in end zone from Smith go through his hands for an incompletion at end of the first quarter. . . He leveled safety Rashad Johnson on a run play in which Gore gained 8 yards. . . . Coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game that Edwards is still not 100 percent after missing four games earlier this season with torn knee cartilage. The 49ers gave Edwards a rest for the final four possessions of the game with the quick turnaround looming Thursday against the Ravens. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Inactive (coaches' decision).
19-Ted Ginn: He played 16 snaps in the game. He did not catch a pass. He averaged just 4.0 yards on four punt returns. He averaged 21 yards on two kickoff returns.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He played a season-high 66 snaps, as he saw an increase in action due to Miller's injury. . . . He had five passes thrown his way, but Walker did not catch a pass in the game. . . . Good block on outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield to open lane for Gore's 14-yard gain. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: He played a season-high 37 snaps, most of which came at fullback after Miller was knocked from the game. He received coaching from running backs coach Tom Rathman on the sideline to make the transition as seamless as possible. . . Made block on outside linebacker Clark Haggans to allow Gore to get to the outside and pick up 9 yards in second quarter.. . Gore followed him into the hole to pick up 2 yards on a fourth-and-1 play in the third quarter.
85-Vernon Davis: He started and played 83 snaps. He caught five passes for 67 yards. . . Dropped third-down pass on quick slant when he unnecessarily left his feet. . . . On third and 7, he made cornerback Michael Adams miss to pick up 8 yards and a first down. . . . Made 27-yard catch against safety Adrian Wilson in first quarter. Got shaken up on that play when he fell facemask first onto the ground and left the game for three plays. . . Would've had 20-yard pass gain but didn't get both feet inbounds along right sideline after running a wheel route out of the backfield. . . . Beat Johnson in coverage on corner route for 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter. That was Davis' 34th career score, a franchise record for touchdowns from a tight end. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center and played every snap with another solid game. . . Alex Smith followed behind him to pick up 2 yards on a third-and-1 quarterback sneak in second quarter. . . . On special teams, he lines up as a wing and allowed Patrick Peterson to get around the edge and block a second-quarter field goal. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: He saw some action at right guard when Adam Snyder reported as an eligible receiver.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive (coaches' decison).
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard. . . Pulled and made big bock on inside linebacker Paris Lenon to open hole for Gore on 14-yard gain. . . . Pulled around corner to take out Johnson to clear path for Gore to pick up 8 yards in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and had another solid all-around game. . . . Good block on Vonnie Holliday to allow Gore to pick up 12 yards in second quarter. . . . Gave up penetration of Calais Campbell on Cardinals first blocked field goal. . . . (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He entered the game at right tackle after Anthony Davis left the game in the third quarter, and played well in both run-blocking and pass-protection.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle and continued to be a strength on the offensive line until he left the game in the third quarter with a right ankle sprain. . . . His status is questionable for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard. . . . Completely moved rookie nose tackle David Carter off the ball to open lane for Gore on 14-yard gain. . . . Good block on Washington on play in which Gore gained 8 yards. . . Was blocking 10 yards down the field on Washington on Gore's 12-yard run. . . . Dixon followed his block downfield for 9-yard gain in fourth quarter.
78-Mike Person: Inactive (coaches' decision).

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL


Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.