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' 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night:

49ERS REVIEW: Defensive player-by-player
Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: He completed 18 of 31 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interception. He also was not sacked. . . He made some nice touch passes to Vernon Davis, and he misfired on a couple attempts outside the numbers. . . . Receiver Kyle Williams wasn't thinking along with Smith in the end zone when he found a pocket but did not remain there. Smith threw to where he was, while Williams continued to run. The pass went incomplete. On next play, Smith tried to throw around blitzing safety Troy Polamalu and the ball was wide to Frank Gore for an incompletion, as the 49ers settled for a first-drive field goal. . . . Showed his athleticism to turn upfield and gain 14 yards in the second quarter. . . Made a couple nice touch passes to Davis on 49ers' first third-quarter TD drive.
Running backs
21-Frank Gore: He started at running back, and played 49 of the 49ers' 61 offensive plays. He gained 65 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. . . . Dropped a pass out of the backfield on the first drive. . . Missed Cameron Heyward in blitz pickup as Smith was rushed into incompletion on first drive. . . . Dropped another pass on third-and-7, though it was unlikely he would've picked up first down with defensive lineman Brett Keisel standing between him and the sticks . . . Called for chop block on defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, as center Jonathan Goodwin had his left hand on Hood as Gore went low to block Hood. Did not play the final nine minutes after scoring on 5-yard TD.
24-Anthony Dixon: Entered game at running back on goal line and sold play-fake, enabling Davis to get open for 1-yard TD pass in third quarter. . . . Played five more snaps later in the game and gained 12 yards on five rushes. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: Carried twice for just 2 yards, as he saw a significant decrease in play time from a week earlier. Hunter played just six snaps from scrimmage. Showed patience on screen pass to allow things to set up. He then turned it on for a 27-yard gain. He had two receptions for 24 yards.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive (coaches decision).
49-Bruce Miller: Started at fullback and played 28 snaps. He got a rare rushing attempt and gained 3 yards and a first down. . . . Had block on cornerback William Gay to create lane for Gore to pick up 13 yards on first drive. . . Called for false start on first play of second half. . . . Made block on Farrior on Gore's 5-yard TD run. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: He did not play any on offense.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: Began the game as the 49ers' No. 3 receiver, and took over for injured Ted Ginn in the second half. . . He played 28 snaps in the game and finished with four catches for 33 yards. . . Ran good route against cornerback Keenan Lewis to get open for 8-yard gain on third-and-5 to keep first drive alive. . . . Wasn't thinking along with Smith in the end zone when he found a pocket but did not remain there. Smith threw to where he was, while Williams did not break off his route. The pass went incomplete and the 49ers settled for a first-drive field goal. . . . Did another good job of knowing where the sticks were to pick up 10 yards on a third-and-8. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started and played 42 snaps. He had four catches for 35 yards, as seven passes were thrown his way. . . Working out of the slot, he caught a 12-yard pass on a third-and-10 on the opening drive. . . . Shielded off cornerback Ike Taylor on Gore's 5-yard TD run. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Inactive (coaches' decision, but was listed as questionable, knee, on injury report last week). (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Played 12 snaps from offense, mostly after Ted Ginn was injured. He caught his first pass as a member of the 49ers -- a 9-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Lewis broke up a third-down slant pass to him in third quarter.
19-Ted Ginn: He gained 6 yards and a first down with a fly sweep on the first drive of the game.. . . Made nice leaping catch for a 14-yard gain in second quarter. . . Sustained ankle sprain on kickoff to open second half and did not return. The injury is not to keep Ginn out of action for long.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: Started as part of a two-TE formation and played 38 snaps. He went his fifth game in a row without a reception, but made a contribution in other areas. . . He upended blitzing inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons with a cut block that enabled Gore to pick up 5 yards and a first down on the opening drive. On next play, he wiped out safety Troy Polamalu to allow Gore to get to the outside for 13 yards. . . . Called for holding in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: Entered as the No. 3 tight end and played three snaps from scrimmage.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played every snap until the final three plays. He caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. . . . Working against cornerback Cortez Allen, he struggled forward for a couple extra yards when he appeared to be tackled. The extra effort picked up a first down on a third-and-7 on 49ers' second drive. . . . Got open down the field but just as he got his hands on the pass, cornerback Ryan Clark made a nice play to get his shoulder on it and dislodge it from Davis' grasp. . . . Took over on 49ers' TD drive after Steelers cut lead to 6-3. Outran linebacker James Farrior down the field for a 31-yard gain. Made a nice over-the-shoulder catch against Timmons for 21-yard gain to the 1. And then started off blocking LaMarr Woodley then slipped unseen into end zone to catch 1-yard TD pass from Smith to give 49ers a 13-3 lead. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started and played every snap at center. Called for false start in second quarter. . . Started off on Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton, then shifted over to pick up Ziggy Hood to allow Smith time to get the ball to Vernon Davis on 31-yard pass in third quarter. . . . Made block to control Hampton on Gore's 5-yard TD run. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: Reported as eligible in second quarter and lined up at tight end on the right side.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Suited up for the first time in his career, and played a snap as a tight end on a run play that gained Anthony Dixon 3 yards.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard and played every snap. . . . He pulled and made block on James Farrior to help Gore pick up 13 yards on opening drive. . . . Got outside to run interference for Hunter, giving Timmons a shove to allow Hunter to pick up 27 yards on a screen pass. . . Pulled and had kickout block on Timmons on Gore's TD run. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle after getting cleared to return to action after sustaining a concussion last week. . . He left the game with 9 minutes remaining after sustaining a left leg contusion. . . . Handled outside linebacker Jason Worilds one-on-one on a third-and-10 in which the 49ers gained 12 yards on opening drive. . . . Good block on Keisel to open way for Gore to gain 6 yards on a second-and-1 play. . . . Took care of Worilds to give Smith time to hit Davis on 31-yard gain. . . .Had a take-down block on Keisel on Gore's 5-yard TD run. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: Entered the game at left tackle, with Staley eligible on a second-quarter play. He remained in for the next snap and had block on Worilds on play in which Gore picked up 3 yards. . . . Boone played the final three drives after Staley left with an injury.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle, and had his second good game in a row. . . . Did a good job of handling outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who eventually left the game with an aggravation of a hamstring injury. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played every snap. . . . Made block on Brett Keisel to enable Gore to pick up 5 yards and a first down on opening drive. . . Made block on linebacker Larry Foote to allow Gore to pick up 6 yards. . . Handled Foote on Gore's 5-yard TD run.
78-Mike Person: Inactive (coaches' decision).

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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