Aldon Smith could be looking at 20-25 percent of snaps vs. Panthers, acccording to PFT

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Speculation has begun as to how much playing time Aldon Smith might get on Sunday. We break down what it all means. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

Pro Football Talk is reporting a league source said the 49ers plan on easing Aldon Smith into the lineup on Sunday. The source indicated Smith is expected to play 20-25 percent of defensive snaps. This came a day after Vic Fangio said he expected Smith to play, but would not commit to anything specific.

I'm not exactly sure why a league source would have this kind of information. And while the team might have a snap count in place, I don't think they would fully commit to any one specific course of action. They might be looking to use Aldon Smith 20-25 percent of the time, but as Fangio said on Thursday, the flow of the game could very well dictate a lot of things.

If Aldon does get that 20-25 percent of snaps, that comes out to anywhere from 12-18 snaps. I'm not entirely sure how they would sort through that series by series. Would they be looking to use him exclusively in 3rd and long situations? Or do you get him out there on first or second down to set up longer situations, at which point he comes off the field?

This is all assuming this is accurate. I wouldn't be surprised if we heard additional conjecture about playing time because it's easy to throw out some random projections on playing time. As long as you couch it with "expects to" or that it "depends on the flow of the game", you can get away with most anything.

Keep Reading:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker