The San Francisco 49ers were without Tramaine Brock and Patrick Willis during Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams, which meant plenty more work for the reserves. We're back with another look at the snap count, although there is nothing overly shocking this week. You can review the entire game book HERE.
Chris Borland got all the snaps next to Michael Wilhoite, and Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver handled the starting cornerback snaps. Jimmie Ward ended up on the field 47 percent of the time, while Dontae Johnson was in on 11 percent of the snaps. Leon McFadden was active, but did not play. The 49ers were not going to be using much dime against the Rams, thus the minimal playing time for Johnson. This coming week against the Saints, however, is likely going to require a decent amount of the sub packages. We don't know if Tramaine Brock will be back, but otherwise, we can expect some work for the fourth cornerback.
Aaron Lynch continues to see a nice chunk of playing time, getting in on 56 percent of the defensive snaps. The team did not play that much nickel, but clearly the 49ers are getting more comfortable playing Lynch. This would seem to indicate some base down work as well, which will make for some interesting decisions when Aldon Smith returns.
On offense, Bruce Miller was only on the field 25 percent of the time, as once again the 49ers focused more on the pass game. It will be interesting to see how much the Saints try to mimic what the Rams did. They do not have the same quality on their defensive line, so it remains to be seen how much success they will have in that regard.
Brandon Lloyd once again worked more snaps than Stevie Johnson. Lloyd left with a hamstring injury, but there has been no word on his status.