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49ers-Rams snap count: Aaron Lynch, Chris Borland among rookies with big days

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams 31-17. We take a look at the snap count.

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The San Francisco 49ers improved to 4-2 on Monday with a 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams. It was a difficult win for the 49ers, as they fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter. The 49ers outscored the Rams 31-3 after the first quarter, as they never panicked. That being said, the team suffered several injuries, losing Patrick Willis, Mike Iupati, Jimmie Ward, and Stevie Johnson at one point or another.

The win over the Rams showcased the 49ers depth in the face of these injuries. Willis was the first to go down, and he was replaced in the second half by rookie linebacker Chris Borland. Borland had previously only played special teams snaps, but he got in 31 defensive snaps in Week 6. In their preliminary grading, Pro Football Focus graded him out at 3.7, with a 2.1 in pass rush, and 1.4 in pass coverage. It is safe to say he will face a stiff test later this week when the 49ers face the Denver Broncos. We'll see how Peyton Manning attempts to take advantage of the rookie over the course of 60 minutes.

Dontae Johnson also got in a sizable amount of work following Jimmie Ward's quadricep injury. Johnson played 23 snaps as the 49ers mixed him and Chris Cook in at different times. Johnson ended up with more snaps than Cook, and of course capped the game with his big pick 6.

Mike Iupati suffered a concussion in the second half, and was replaced by Joe Looney. This also got Dillon Farrell onto the field for the second time this season. He got 4 offensive snaps, as he took over the extra lineman duties once Looney was in the game with the starting line. Farrell will remain active while Anthony Davis is sidelined.

Aaron Lynch had the highest snap count of his young career. He had 47 snaps, and will likely be incredibly busy this Sunday against the Broncos. The 49ers will probably spend most of the game in their nickel defense, given Denver's extensive array of weapons. As with Borland, I am really curious to see how Lynch adjusts to Manning's play-calling. Manning is the most difficult quarterback the 49ers will face this year. He obviously can pick apart a defense through the air, but there is also everything he does pre-snap, as effectively his own offensive coordinator.

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 66 5
Alex Boone 66 5
Daniel Kilgore 66 5
Jonathan Martin 66 5
Colin Kaepernick 66
Vernon Davis 64
Anquan Boldin 57 1
Michael Crabtree 51
Mike Iupati 41 3
Frank Gore 35
Bruce Miller 32 8
Carlos Hyde 31 2
Joe Looney 26 5
Vance McDonald 20 8
Brandon Lloyd 17
Stevie Johnson 15 1
Dillon Farrell 4 2
Bruce Ellington 2 12
Derek Carrier 1 13
Antoine Bethea 74
Eric Reid 73 5
Perrish Cox 73 2
Chris Culliver 73
Michael Wilhoite 71 7
Ray McDonald 57 3
Ahmad Brooks 57
Aaron Lynch 47 11
Justin Smith 45
Dan Skuta 38 12
Patrick Willis 37 2
Chris Borland 31 18
Tony Jerod-Eddie 29 6
Ian Williams 29 3
Dontae Johnson 23 19
Jimmie Ward 20 11
Chris Cook 19 16
Demarcus Dobbs 17 12
Craig Dahl 1 26
Bubba Ventrone 23
Kassim Osgood 23
Nick Moody 22
Corey Lemonier 14
Phil Dawson 11
Andy Lee 10
Kyle Nelson 10