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

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ biggest free-agent acquisition on defense and one of the team’s first-round draft picks play the same position.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he is holding off on thinking about how everything is going to play out this season at the linebacker position.

“I really try not to envision it too hard because I see a lot of good players there,” Shanahan said Tuesday during the 49ers’ first week of organized team activities.

The 49ers awarded weakside linebacker Malcolm Smith guaranteed money as an unrestricted free agent totaling approximately $12 million. Then, on the first day of the draft, the 49ers’ No. 3 rated prospect experienced a free fall, and the club traded into the back end of the first round to select him.

While Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been sidelined through the offseason program as he recovers from shoulder injury, he figures to compete with Smith for the starting job. Foster will also learn middle linebacker, where NaVorro Bowman has earned first-team All-Pro honors in four seasons.

Bowman looks to be nearly all the way back from a torn Achilles that limited him to just four games last season.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Shanahan said. “Seeing Bow out here and how healthy he’s been, knowing we’ve added some good free agents, and the way the draft worked out, having a linebacker we had ranked very highly fall to us at the end of the first round. We got a lot better pretty fast.

“When you ask me how it’s going to play out, I’m not sure. It’s a good problem to have. It’s something you’d like to have any every position. There’s going to be a very good player who’s not out there all the time. That’s not a bad thing. That makes the two guys who are out there go a lot harder and play better. It makes special teams better and it allowed you to survive injuries, which almost always happen.”

Bowman’s vision for the upcoming season includes him retaining his role in the middle of the 49ers’ defense.

"I won't be on the sideline, I'll tell you that right now,” Bowman said.

Bowman said he was not fazed with the 49ers selected Foster in the first round. Foster is likely considered the heir apparent to Bowman.

Shanahan called Bowman after the selection of Foster was made, but Bowman said he did not need to speak with the coach about why the selection was made.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Bowman said of the phone call, “but it was good to hear from him, to see that he had something to say or an idea of what he wanted to get across to me.

“But we haven’t talked about it. I did that on purpose. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll compete with anyone, whether he’s 21 or 35. It doesn’t matter. I’m a guy who’s going to give my best effort and have full confidence in my abilities to play this game. I know how much I study this game. I know how good I am and that’s what was going to bring back here.

“It’s always a competition. There’s always someone trying to take your spot. As a player, if you keep that in mind, you’ll always put the work in that’s needed.”


49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

SANTA CLARA -- For the first time since Bryant Young retired following the 2007 season, the 49ers have placed his old number back into service.

Linebacker Dekoda Watson was issued No. 97 for the team’s organized team activities this week.

Young was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and eight-time winner of the Len Eshmont Award as the 49ers’ most inspirational and courageous player. No 49ers player has worn No. 97 in the past nine seasons or offseasons.

Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is now wearing No. 94 after being issued No. 96 for the rookie minicamp. Linebacker Reuben Foster is wearing No. 56.

Rookie defensive tackle D.J. Jones now wearing No. 96. Cornerback Rashard Robinson switched back to No. 33 after an earlier change to No. 26. Running back Kapri Bibbs is now 26. Rookie running back Joe Williams is No. 32 after wearing No. 33 at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles over the weekend. Veteran running back Tim Hightower is wearing No. 22.