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.