The San Francisco 49ers improved to 3-2 on Sunday, as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 22-17. I've posted the snap count down below, and as always, there are some interesting things to take away from it. You can view the entire gamebook here.
Vernon Davis was inactive with a back injury, while Vance McDonald was back in the game. Vance took part in all 70 offensive snaps as the starting tight end, while Derek Carrier got 29 snaps as his backup. Where the 49ers might have made up for this in some ways was with fullback Bruce Miller. He got 42 snaps, which was his second straight week of 40+ snaps. Prior to 49 snaps last week, his count included 23, 24 and 9 snaps. The 49ers can move him all around the field, so it makes sense to take advantage of his versatility.
Brandon Lloyd was the team's No. 3 receiver, getting 24 snaps, while Bruce Ellington had 8 snaps, and Stevie Johnson had 5 snaps. Last week, Johnson had a limited number of snaps as well, and Jim Harbaugh said he was getting over some kind of bug. Johnson had one reception last week, which happened to go for a touchdown. The same thing happened this week. Maybe Johnson is still dealing with some kind of illness? I'm not entirely sure, but given his production when he does play, I'm not entirely sure why Johnson is getting so few snaps.
Joe Staley was the only offensive lineman to not play the entire game. He suffered some kind of leg injury, but it appears to be another case of cramps, like last week. He missed one play, during which the 49ers moved Alex Boone to left tackle and Joe Looney to right guard.
On the defensive side of the ball, Aaron Lynch was once again the primary nickel back opposite Ahmad Brooks. Dan Skuta got the base defense snaps, while Corey Lemonier once again was strictly on special teams. Skuta and Lynch each finished with 25 snaps.
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