49ers review vs. Bills: Quarterbacks

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49ers review vs. Bills: Quarterbacks

It was a near-flawless performance from the 49ers' quarterback position in the team's 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.Here's a breakdown of that 49ers position group:Quarterbacks
3-Scott Tolzien: Was inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: He played 19 snaps in the game, including the final 12 at quarterback in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand. Two of his earlier plays were nullified by penalties. On the other plays, he mostly lined up at wide receiver and ended up in the backfield. On those plays, the 49ers averaged 9.0 yards per play with Frank Gore getting the handoff three times for 24 yards, and Kaepernick rushing twice for 21 yards. . . After taking the pitch on an end-around, he fumbled at the Buffalo 17-yard line late in the first half. . . He came back, while lined up at quarterback, to score on a 16-yard scramble in the fourth quarter. He finished with 39 rushing yards on four runs. He also completed his only pass attempt for 7 yards.
11-Alex Smith: Started and played 53 of the 49ers' 67 offensive plays, including plays nullified by penalties. He completed 18 of 24 attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating was a career-best 156.2, and he did not take a sack. . . He also gained a career-high 49 yards on three rush attempts. His best play was his first touchdown pass, a 43-yarder to Kyle Williams that was not designed to be a back-shoulder throw. But Smith made a split-second decision and Williams adjusted. "Pretty tough, pretty exceptional, to make that kind of snap decision without the muscle memory of really practicing it on that particular play," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Thats something that's not the intent on that play. But Kyle made an adjustment and a cool-headed decision by Alex. And they were both in sync and executed it flawlessly. So I think that speaks volumes for both those guys."

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

49ERS
Doubtful
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Questionable
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

JETS
Out
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
Questionable
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.

But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.

Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.

“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.

“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”

Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.