The San Francisco 49ers 21-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers told us more about the backups than it did about a lot of the starters. The snap count is now available for the game, and there are some interesting tidbits to take from it. The full snap count is listed below.
The 49ers offense got a decent amount of work for their starting offensive line. Joe Staley and Jonathan Martin led the way with 38 snaps, as Blaine Gabbert got an opportunity to get some decent protection. Gabbert's woes earlier in the preseason were not just about protection, but having higher quality offensive linemen certainly helped.
Tight end Asante Cleveland and running back Glenn Winston were big winners in terms of getting more work. Derek Carrier is working through something and did not play on Sunday. This resulted in Asante Cleveland assuming the No. 3 tight end role. He got 24 offensive snaps, while Kevin Greene got 11. I am very curious to see how the 49ers use Cleveland and Greene this Thursday, but my guess is Cleveland remains ahead of him. Cleveland remains a long shot to make the 49ers roster, but he might have earned himself a practice squad spot.
Glenn Winston got 12 offensive snaps and 2 special teams snaps in his second game with the team. The previous week he had no offensive snaps, and 2 special teams snaps. Alfonso Smith got 22 snaps at running back, but Winston did a lot more with his work. Winston rushed eight times for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Smith rushed four times for three yards. It remains to be seen if either will earn a roster spot, but at the very least, Winston would seem to be a strong candidate to earn a practice squad spot.
And that's where it gets interesting, because Jewel Hampton got zero offensive snaps and four special teams snaps. Hampton spent last season on the practice squad. This year, he has had some moments, but has not been overly impressive. Maybe the 49ers infuse some new running back blood on the practice squad.
Cult favorite Lawrence Okoye got 9 defensive snaps, and no special teams snaps. While some still think he will make the roster, I just don't see it. He has a shot at a practice squad spot, but there is just no room on a roster this deep.