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49ers vs. Broncos snap count: How much did the starters and backups play?

The San Francisco 49ers rolled out most of their roster on Thursday evening against the Denver Broncos, with 75 players seeing some sort of action on the field. Here is a rundown of the snap count for the offense, defense and special teams.

Ezra Shaw

The 49ers wrapped up their first preseason game, and thanks to the good folks at, we have a game book with snap counts (PDF). We ran through snap count data last season, and while the regular season information is interesting, the preseason snap counts are where the real value stands.

The 49ers got most of their roster on the field last night. The only players who did not play were Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Frank Gore, Chris Culliver, Parick Willis, Jonathan Goodwin and Justin Smith. The beat writers were able to report on all of those guys not playing by the start of the game, so none were a surprise.

Jewel Hampton is listed in the game book as having gotten into the game, but he does not appear in the snap count. My guess is maybe he got in when there was a penalty, but I'm not quite sure. It was a bit of a surprise that we did not see him on the field. LaMichael James got the start, D.J. Harper got his share of snaps, but it was mostly the Anthony Dixon show.

Dixon had 38 offensive snaps and five special teams snaps. He rushed seven times for 27 yards, and caught three passes for 18 yards. He looked strong on special teams, and a bit inconsistent in the rushing game. He had two big runs called back on holds, but he also had some dancing issues. I feel like he has cut down on his dancing behind the line, but we still see it from time to time.

On defense, Lawrence Okoye made his NFL debut, getting six defensive snaps and one special teams snap. We'll be breaking down his performance in more detail a little later today.

To provide some context on the snap counts, there were 66 total offensive plays, 67 defensive plays and 23 special teams plays.

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Looney 51 2
Patrick Omameh 51 2
Vance McDonald 49 5
Scott Tolzien 40
A.J. Jenkins 39
Anthony Dixon 38 5
Daniel Kilgore 37 1
Al Netter 29 2
Wayne Tribue 29 2
Chad Hall 28 3
Carter Bykowski 27 2
Kenny Wiggins 25 2
Chuck Jacobs 25
Adam Snyder 22 1
Austin Collie 16
Kassim Osgood 15 9
D.J. Harper 15 8
Garrett Celek 15 5
Joe Staley 15 1
Anthony Davis 15 1
Mike Iupati 15 1
Alex Boone 15 1
LaMichael James 14 3
Colt McCoy 14
Ricardo Lockette 12 3
Colin Kaepernick 12
Vernon Davis 12
Anquan Boldin 12
Bruce Miller 11 2
Jason Schepler 8 1
Marlon Moore 8
Lavell Hawkins 7
MarQueis Gray 4 6
B.J. Daniels 1 3
Michael Wilhoite 53 6
Perrish Cox 47 6
Nate Stupar 45 7
Eric Reid 44 4
Tramaine Brock 42 4
Cam Johnson 39 12
Trenton Robinson 37 7
Tony Jerod-Eddie 36 2
Dan Skuta 32 7
Will Tukuafu 32 5
Nick Moody 29 11
Demarcus Dobbs 29 7
Corey Lemonier 28 11
Michael Thomas 25 5
Marcus Cooper 24 8
C.J. Spillman 23 7
Nnamdi Asomugha 22
Parys Haralson 21 1
Lamar Divens 19 1
Mike Purcell 16 1
Glenn Dorsey 15 1
Craig Dahl 12 9
Ian Williams 12 1
Aldon Smith 7
NaVorro Bowman 7
Donte Whitner 7
Carlos Rogers 7
Ahmad Brooks 7
Tarell Brown 7
Ray McDonald 7
Lawrence Okoye 6 1
Darcel McBath 10
Raymond Ventrone 9
Darryl Morris 9
Travis Johnson 9
Andy Lee 6
Brian Jennings 4
Colton Schmidt 4
Kevin McDermott 3
Phil Dawson 3