The San Francisco 49ers handled their business Thursday evening, as they beat the St. Louis Rams 35-11. The 49ers made some adjustments on offense, which is reflected in this week's snap count. Marlon Moore was deactivated and replaced by Jon Baldwin. At different points in the game, we saw Baldwin and Quinton Patton both get some opportunities. Patton left the game fairly early with a foot injury, but he was getting some snaps in the two wide receiver formations.
While Williams finished with the second most wide receiver snaps, the decrease is interesting to note. The 49ers seemed intent on mixing things up in the passing game. It still came down to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, but Baldwin grabbed a pair of catches for 18 yards, and had 16 snaps on the evening. I have to think he's earned himself another opportunity next week against the Houston Texans.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tramaine Brock took over Nnamdi Asomugha's nickel back role. Brock finished the game with 44 snaps, good for 66 percent of defensive snaps. We'll be taking a look at Brock's performance later, but right off the bat, he did some strong work. He appeared to have a miscommunication with Eric Reid early that almost resulted in an Austin Pettis touchdown, but after that, Brock settled down and was strong the rest of the half. With his performance, you have to think there is a brewing CB controversy.
Finally, it is also worth noting that the 49ers continue to do solid work rotating Justin Smith and Ray McDonald in and out of the lineup. Demarcus Dobbs and Tony Jerod-Eddie both got a decent amount of work as the 49ers look to keep their defensive line fresh.