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49ers special teams: Craig Dahl, Kassim Osgood lead the way

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The San Francisco 49ers grade out special teams performances each year. We've got a rundown of their 2014 grades.

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The San Francisco 49ers released their 2014 statistical recap, and it includes a look at special teams performance. The 49ers coaches assign points for a variety of performances, and accumulate them over the course of the season. The team does not reveal what points are accumulated for what actions, so take what you can out of this.

I've posted the full table down below, and Craig Dahl is the man at the top. It is not entirely shocking that Dahl and fellow veteran Kassim Osgood lead the way. They were brought to the team exclusively for special teams, and they got a huge number of snaps to accumulate points.

Osgood is a free agent once again, but it would not be a surprise to see him brought back for another year at training camp. The big question is whether or not the 49ers decide to release Craig Dahl. His best work is as a special teams player. He can be an emergency option at safety, but he struggles when he has to spend too much time back there. If the 49ers elected to release him this year, they would save $1.7 million in cap room, and carry $233,334 in dead money.

Second year linebacker Corey Lemonier came in third, while rookie L.J. McCray was fourth. McCray will be an interesting one to track this offseason. He got into 14 games this season, pretty much all on special teams, and was inactive for a pair of games. The undrafted free agent will likely be back to compete for a special teams role once again, but it will be interesting to see if he gets any chances as a defensive back. The 49ers drafted Colin Jones back in 2011, and he played exclusively on special teams as a rookie. The 49ers then proceeded to trade him at the end of 2012 training camp for a late pick. It wasn't a huge deal, but it will be interesting to see if they try and draw some sniffs for McCray.

KD=knockdowns
BP=big plays

Player Tackles Solo Asst KDs FF FR BP Points
Craig Dahl 14 6 8 8 5 769
Kassim Osgood 7 4 3 9 8 544
Corey Lemonier 8 2 6 1 2 505
L.J. McCray 8 6 2 5 6 476
Phil Dawson 1 1 1 465
Nick Moody 4 2 2 4 1 458
Dontae Johnson 6 3 3 5 2 443
Dan Skuta 7 2 5 8 2 412
Andy Lee 4 394
Derek Carrier 5 2 3 8 1 363
Kyle Nelson 4 3 1 1 2 305
Tony Jerod-Eddie 7 304
Bubba Ventrone 3 2 1 4 1 301
Chris Borland 9 6 3 3 3 284
Bruce Miller 1 1 6 1 282
Aaron Lynch 6 2 278
Michael Wilhoite 3 2 1 1 1 266
Bruce Ellington 5 228
Demarcus Dobbs 3 2 1 5 1 227
Chris Cook 2 1 1 3 183
Jimmie Ward 3 1 2 2 2 181
Quinton Dial 2 163
Alfonso Smith 4 160
Eric Reid 3 3 7 155
Joe Looney 1 142
Leon McFadden 2 2 3 135
Vance McDonald 129
Perrish Cox 2 1 129
Joe Staley 128
Alex Boone 120
Chase Thomas 2 2 1 1 116
Mike Iupati 112
Ian Williams 2 90
Tank Carradine 1 74
Jonathan Martin 72
Asante Cleveland 70
Daniel Kilgore 63
Marcus Martin 62
Ray McDonald 59
Anthony Davis 56
Aldon Smith 2 55
Desmond Bishop 2 2 52
Carlos Hyde 1 1 50
Patrick Willis 48
Marcus Cromartie 44
Phillip Tanner 1 41
Dillon Farrell 40
Mike Purcell 2 31
Garrett Celek 30
Quinton Patton 30
Anquan Boldin 2 18
Stevie Johnson 2 16
Tramaine Brock 16
Justin Smith 12
Trindon Holliday 8
Ahmad Brooks 7
LaMichael James 4