49ers offensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

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49ers offensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the 49ers' offense from their 35-3 win over the San Diego Chargers in the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park:OFFENSE
Quarterbacks
1-Josh Johnson: He was the fourth quarterback to enter the game. In his four series, the 49ers achieved 10 first downs on his 28 plays. He had his best game and managed to get into a good rhythm while rotating possessions with Scott Tolzien. Johnson completed 9-of-14 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 50 yards on five rushing attempts. He showed his athleticism when he picked up a bad shotgun snap on a third-and-2 play and gained seven yards. If the 49ers coaches evaluated his race for the No. 3 job as an even heat before Thursday night, this showing could've pushed him over the top.
3-Scott Tolzien: The 49ers managed three first downs on his three possessions, which spanned 11 plays. He was not sharp, and he was not helped by some dropped passes, either. He underthrew receiver Chris Owusu, who came back for the ball and dropped it in the fourth quarter. He pulled the trigger on an attempt to tight end Garrett Celek, who was covered. He did not see linebacker Bront Byrd who made the interception at the line of scrimmage. Tolzien completed 3-of-8 passes for 42 yards and one interception.
7-Colin Kaepernick: The 49ers' No. 2 quarterback had the best showing of his eight-game exhibition career. He threw two touchdown passes -- one while sliding to his left, and the other while rolling to the right. He played 29 snaps. He completed 12-of-18 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Kaepernick had the outstanding 32-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker, and he made some other nice throws on the move.
11-Alex Smith: Started and played the first five snaps. Coach Jim Harbaugh said they never intended for him to attempt a pass. They wanted him to enter the huddle, break a sweat and get out of the game without facing any danger.RELATED: Defensive player-by-player review
Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Did not play.
23-LaMichael James: He played very well, especially in pass protection, while playing 34 snaps on offense. He handled the opening kickoff and gave the 49ers good field position with a 39-yard return. Did a phenomenal job in pass protection against two former 49ers on Kaepernick's 32-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker. He picked up nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and moved him to the left, away from Kaepernick and into the path of blitzing linebacker Takeo Spikes. That allowed Kaepernick to slide to his left and throw the ball to Walker. Took a short pass, made linebacker Darryl Gamble miss and picked up 13 yards in the third quarter. James finished with 27 yards on five rushing attempts. He also caught two passes for 26 yards. But he had difficulty navigating the Candlestick winds. He bobbled one punt and muffed two others, both of which he recovered.
24-Anthony Dixon: He played 25 plays on offense. His strong exhibition season came to a conclusion with 55 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 rushing attempts. Bounced off linebacker Darryl Gamble near line of scrimmage and picked up nine yards on fourth-quarter run.
28 Rock Cartwright: He played eight snaps on offense and carried twice for five yards.
32-Kendall Hunter: He started and played seven snaps before calling it a night. Hunter carried four times for 23 yards on the opening drive.
45-Brandon Jacobs: Did not play (left knee).
49-Bruce Miller: He started at fullback, and made an immediate impact with a block on Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes that opened way for Hunter's 9-yard run. Made a nice catch at left sideline for a 9-yard gain on opening drive. Those were the only two plays he was on the field.
57-Michael Wilhoite: He played two snaps at fullback.
92-Will Tukuafu: He played 23 snaps at fullback and had a very strong showing. He entered the game at fullback on the second snap of the game. He played seven snaps on the 49ers' 11-play opening drive. His block on Spikes opened the hole for Dixon on a 1-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. He had another tremendous block on linebacker James Mouton as a lead-blocker to help Dixon pick up six yards in the third quarter.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: Did not play.
14-Mario Manningham: Did not play, as he attended his grandfather's funeral in Ohio.
15-Michael Crabtree: Did not play.
17-A.J. Jenkins: Started at wide receiver, and had a very strong showing with four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. He played 33 snaps in the game. He gained nine yards on a fly sweep on the opening drive. He did a good job to find an opening in the back of the end zone, where Kaepernick found him for a 12-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Jenkins led the 49ers with 122 yards receiving on eight catches during the exhibition season.
18-Brett Swain: Started at wide receiver and played 41 snaps. He had a chance for a scoring catch in the first half, but he could not come up with a well-thrown deep ball with tight coverage from cornerback Greg Gatson. Made a good catch for 20-yard gain against cornerback DeAndre Presley in second quarter. He finished with three catches for 38 yards.
19-Ted Ginn: Did not play (right ankle).
81-Chris Owusu: He saw limited action in the first half. In the second half, he played 32 snaps. Tolzien underthrew him in the fourth quarter, but he came back for the ball and dropped it. Later, he dropped Tolzien's third-down pass that would've been a first down. He finished with just one catch for three yards.
84-Randy Moss: Did not play.
89-Nathan Palmer: He had an up-and-down night while playing 46 snaps. The highlight was a 51-yard touchdown pass from Josh Johnson in which he covered the entire distance himself after making cornerback DeAndre Presley whiff. But in the second quarter he had a well-thrown slant hit off his chest. He dropped another pass that would've been a first down. He finished with three receptions for 72 yards.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He returned to action after missing two games with a right knee injury. He played seven snaps. He made an exceptional play on a 32-yard TD catch to haul in Kaepernick's pass, stay on his feet, lower his pad level to take on safety Atari Bigby at the 5-yard line, spin and get into the end zone while remaining inbounds.
47-Kyle Nelson: He played 18 snaps on offense and did not see a pass come his way.
48-Garrett Celek: He played 40 snaps and had a good showing with three catches for 54 yards. He had a good one-on-one block at line of scrimmage defensive lineman Vaughn Martin on Dixon's 17-yard run. . . Worked wide open and made over-the-shoulder catch from Kaepernick for 37-yard gain in second quarter. Also worked to open space in the end zone to catch 3-yard TD pass from Johnson in third quarter.
83-Demarcus Dobbs: Did not play (left calf).
85-Vernon Davis: He played three snaps and did not have any action go his way.
88-Konrad Reuland: He played 27 snaps and caught four passes for 22 yards. Made a good block on a linebacker to help open hole for Anthony Dixon on a 17-yard run on first drive. Reuland led 49ers with nine catches (73 yards) during the exhibition season.Offensive line
59-Jonathan Goodwin: He started at center and played the first 11 snaps, a drive that resulted in a touchdown.
65-Al Netter: He saw action at left tackle and left guard for the 49ers throughout the second half.
66-Joe Looney: He entered at left guard for the second series of the game. Good block on Corey Liuget to open way around left side for James to gain seven yards in first quarter. In the second half, he moved to center, a position he hasn't played since his sophomore year of high school. He had one bad snap out of shotgun formation, but otherwise played well.
67-Daniel Kilgore: He entered at center in place of Goodwin for the second series of the game. He played most of the second half and fared well.
68-Leonard Davis: He entered at right guard for the second series of the game and played into the third quarter.
69-Kenny Wiggins: He entered at right tackle for the second series finished out the game with no problems.
71-Derek Hall: He entered the game at right guard in the third quarter and finished the game there.
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle, and played the first drive, 11 snaps, which resulted in a touchdown.
75-Alex Boone: Started at right guard and played the first series, which resulted in a 49ers' touchdown.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle and had a good block on defensive end Corey Liuget on Dixon's 17-yard run on opening drive. He played the first drive.
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard, and played the first 11 snaps of the game.
78-Mike Person: He entered at left tackle for the second series, and did a good job one-on-one against defensive end Kendall Reyes to wall off the left side and allow Kaepernick to throw his 32-yard TD pass to Walker. . . Called for a questionable holding penalty on a run play in the second quarter.

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.