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49ers offensive snap count vs. Ravens: Is Garrett Celek officially the No. 1 tight end?

The San Francisco 49ers pulled out a tough one on Sunday, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 25-20. A week after a solid effort against the New York Giants, Colin Kaepernick and the offense took another step forward. It was far from a perfect performance, but it was further improvement from last week. Improvement each week would be ideal.

The snap count is out (gamebook pdf), and there are some intriguing aspects to it. The most notable might be that Garrett Celek once again led the tight end unit in snaps. Vernon Davis was active, but Celek handled 12 more snaps on the day. Celek finished with 46 snaps, Vernon Davis had 34, Vance McDonald had 16, and Blake Bell had a pair of snaps. Celek was targeted twice, Davis was targeted once, and McDonald was targeted once. McDonald was the only one with a reception (one for 10 yards). I could see Davis being slowly worked back in this week, but if he is behind Celek again next week, we might have a better idea of the team's tight end pecking order.

On the offensive line, Andrew Tiller ended up with more snaps than Jordan Devey. Although Devey got the start, he finished with 25 snaps to Tiller's 34 snaps. They were still rotating, although Tiller got in on back-to-back series at one point. A week ago they finished with an even split of snaps, so maybe we are seeing things progress to Tiller firmly taking over the starting spot.


Colin Kaepernick: 59

Running Back

Carlos Hyde: 47
Jarryd Hayne: 9
Mike Davis: 3


Bruce Miller: 23

Wide Receiver

Torrey Smith: 52
Anquan Boldin: 42
Quinton Patton: 20
DeAndrew White: 1

Tight End

Garrett Celek: 46
Vernon Davis: 34
Vance McDonald: 16
Blake Bell: 2

Offensive Line

Joe Staley: 59
Alex Boone: 59
Marcus Martin: 59
Erik Pears: 59
Andrew Tiller: 34
Jordan Devey: 25