How the 49ers' play time was divided


How the 49ers' play time was divided

One of the questions surrounding the 49ers' offense was how much play time would coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman give each of the running backs and wide receivers.

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As it turned out, the 49ers deactivated rookie LaMichael James, and Brandon Jacobs (left knee) was injured. So the play time among the running backs was about the same as a year ago. However, the 49ers used fullback Bruce Miller a lot more than usual.At wide receiver, the 49ers constantly shuttled four wideouts into the game. There's no question Michael Crabtree is the team's No. 1 wide receiver. And, actually, Mario Manningham played a higher percentage of the snaps than Randy Moss. Kyle Williams started alongside Crabtree but saw the least action among the four wide receivers who got on the field.MAIOCCO: Moss makes most of his first-half chances
Based on 67 offensive plays (including penalties that nullified the plays), 72 plays on defense, and 30 plays on special teams, here is how much everyone played:Offense (67)
67 -- RT Anthony Davis, LT Joe Staley, LG Mike Iupati, RT Alex Boone, C Jonathan Goodwin
66 -- QB Alex Smith
65 -- TE Vernon Davis
50 -- RB Frank Gore
45 -- WR Michael Crabtree
37 -- FB Bruce Miller
34 -- TE Delanie Walker
29 -- WR Mario Manningham
21 -- WR Randy Moss
16 -- WR Kyle Williams
15 -- RB Kendall Hunter
12 -- OL Leonard Davis
6 -- FB Will Tukuafu
5 -- OL Daniel Kilgore
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Defense (72)
72 -- S Dashon Goldson, DL Ray McDonald, S Donte Whitner
71 -- CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers
70 -- OLB Aldon Smith, DL Justin Smith
65 -- CB Chris Culliver
59 -- LB NaVorro Bowman
56 -- OLB Ahmad Brooks
55 -- CB Perrish Cox
48 -- LB Patrick Willis
7 -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
2 -- DL Demarcus Dobbs
1 -- S C.J. Spillman, DL Ricky Jean FrancoisSpecial teams (30)
25 -- Demarcus Dobbs
24 -- Darcel McBath
20 -- C.J. Spillman, Anthony Dixon, Tavares Gooden
19 -- Tramaine Brock
16 -- Larry Grant
15 -- Trenton Robinson
14 -- Will Tukuafu
12 -- David Akers
11 -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings
10 -- Delanie Walker, Daniel Kilgore
9 -- Bruce Miller, Perrish Cox
8 -- Chris Culliver
7 -- Kyle Williams, Dashon Goldson
6 -- Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis
5 -- Alex Boone, NaVorro Bowman
4 -- Kendall Hunter, Ray McDonald, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, Ricky Jean Francois
1 -- Jonathan Goodwin

On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties


On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties

Starting safety Eric Reid will not be available for the 49ers on Thursday night, and the other presumptive starting safeties are questionable, too.

Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and Jaquiski Tartt (neck) went through limited practice Wednesdsay and are listed as questionable to face the Los Angeles Rams in front of a national television audience at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday night.

Ward and Tartt are expected to be available for the game, but the 49ers’ only healthy safeties are rookies Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert.

Reid is expected miss more than one game with a sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Reid is listed as out for Thursday’s game, along with linebacker Reuben Foster.

The 49ers medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot to stabilize his high right ankle sprain. General manager John Lynch said Foster is making good progress, but the 49ers are going to be cautious with him.

“The one thing I know is that freak athletes tend to be freak healers, as well,” Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He wanted to play the first week in the boot. That’s just the way he’s wired. We got to make sure he’s all the way healthy before we put him in, and we’re going to do that.”

Tight end George Kittle (hip) and linebacker Eli Harold (foot) are questionable for the game and are expected to play. Kittle sustained his injury during the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Harold was stepped on during a practice this week.

49ers injury report
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Eric Reid (knee)
LB Eli Harold (foot)
TE George Kittle (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (neck)
S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

The 49ers entered the regular season feeling as confident in quarterback Brian Hoyer as anyone on the offensive side of the ball.

But Hoyer has struggled through the worst back-to-back games of his 33-start NFL career. And the 49ers need him to get going, beginning Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"I want him to get his edge back. I want him to get his confidence,” Shanahan said Wednesday on the KNBR Morning Show.

“We need Brian to step up, and we need everyone around him to step up.”

In the first two games of the season, Hoyer has completed 62.9 percent of his 62 pass attempts but for just 292 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is a lowly 60.7.

The 49ers have scored only four field goals and no touchdowns on their 21 offensive possessions in losses to Carolina and Seattle. Moreover, the 49ers have converted just four of 23 (17.4 percent) of their third-down attempts.

The quick turnaround on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium is something Hoyer said he welcomes this week -- of all weeks.

Last season with the Chicago Bears, Hoyer did not throw for fewer than 300 yards in any of his four full games. On Sunday in the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seahawks, he managed just 99 yards passing.

“It was a tough game and now we move on,” Hoyer said. “Thankfully, this week we get to move on really quick and move on to LA.

”You get to put the last one behind you and move on to the next.”