The San Francisco 49ers had little trouble with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and it shows up to some extent in the snap count. Several players were in the entire game, but the 49ers were able to get some rest along the defensive line.
Given that all three starting defensive linemen were listed as questionable heading into this game, it was important to get them some rest. With the bye coming up this week, it means even more rest for a somewhat banged up group.
Demarcus Dobbs ended up with the most playing time from the trio of DL backups. He had 24 snaps (33 percent of total snaps), Tony Jerod-Eddie had 16 snaps and Quinton Dial had eight snaps. TJE seemed like he had emerged ahead of Dobbs on the depth chart, but Dobbs is the one getting a little more time. I imagine part of TJE's decrease in snaps was due to Glenn Dorsey going from 12 snaps a week ago, to 32 snaps on Sunday. The 12 snaps accounted for 20 percent of total defensive snaps, while the 32 account for 44 percent.
The 49ers face several roster decisions in the coming weeks, with Mario Manningham, Tank Carradine and Eric Wright coming off the NFI and PUP lists next week. Among the wide receivers, Marlon Moore, Jon Baldwin and even Kyle Williams would seem to be on notice. Along the defensive line, Dobbs and TJE would seem to be the biggest question marks when Tank returns. And Nnamdi would seem to be the most likely release candidate in the secondary. How does it play out?