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49ers snap count vs. Cardinals features a whole lot of wide receivers

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The San Francisco 49ers rolled out some new looks on offense, and that resulted in unexpected changes to the 49ers offensive snap count.

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The snap count is out for the San Francisco 49ers loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and it features plenty of new looks. The 49ers rolled out more 3-, 4- and 5- wide receiver sets than we have seen in some time. In fact, we might have seen more 4- and 5-WR sets on Sunday than we did in Jim Harbaugh's first three seasons with the 49ers combined.

Of course, getting all those 4- and 5-WR sets meant we saw some players less than normal. The 49ers used fullback Bruce Miller a mere 9 snaps. The team also never used a second tight end. Derek Carrier got 34 snaps, while backup Asante Cleveland only played on special teams. This might be the first time under Jim Harbaugh the 49ers have not used a second tight end in an entire game. The 49ers used an extra offensive lineman a decent amount, including seven with Joe Looney and two with Dillon Farrell. The 49ers have not used an extra offensive lineman very much this year, so this extra usage was likely in place of the second tight end.

On defense, Ray McDonald played 46 snaps, or 69 percent of the defensive snaps. Normally he is higher, but according to PFF's Jeff Deeney, McDonald came off the field slowly at the 3:57 mark of the fourth quarter, and was replaced by Tony Jerod-Eddie for eight snaps. We'll see if Jim Harbaugh has anything to say on that, although the strong money is on, "He is working through something."

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 64 3
Alex Boone 64 3
Mike Iupati 64 3
Daniel Kilgore 64 3
Jonathan Martin 64 3
Colin Kaepernick 64
Anquan Boldin 61
Michael Crabtree 57
Brandon Lloyd 43
Stevie Johnson 38
Derek Carrier 34 3
Frank Gore 32
Bruce Ellington 20 7
Carlos Hyde 17 1
Bruce Miller 9 10
Joe Looney 7 3
Dillon Farrell 2
Patrick Willis 67 5
Perrish Cox 67 1
Antoine Bethea 67
Eric Reid 65 4
Chris Culliver 64
Michael Wilhoite 62 4
Ahmad Brooks 54
Justin Smith 52
Ray McDonald 46
Dan Skuta 38 14
Ian Williams 36 5
Jimmie Ward 29 5
Tony Jerod-Eddie 24 10
Corey Lemonier 21 12
Chris Cook 15 9
Aaron Lynch 12 6
Demarcus Dobbs 10 19
Quinton Dial 6 5
Craig Dahl 1 19
L.J. McCray 1 13
Kassim Osgood 14
Nick Moody 13
Chris Borland 10
Dontae Johnson 9
Kyle Nelson 7
Andy Lee 7
Phil Dawson 6
Asante Cleveland 6