The San Francisco 49ers are officially half-way through their 2015 preseason schedule, following Sunday's 23-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. We are starting to get a better handle on playing time, and who is working their onto or off the roster bubble. The team makes their first roster cuts a week from Tuesday, and then has their final roster cuts later that weekend. Crunch time is arriving.
Part of the analysis comes with the snap count. The 49ers-Cowboys game book has arrived, and with it is the team's snap count. You can view it at the bottom of that PDF, but of course I also have it laid out down below.
Last week, we took a look at the Week 1 snap count, and discussed what special teams might tell us about the roster competition. I mentioned five players (WR Chuck Jacobs, TE Xavier Grimble, WR Issac Blakeney, WR Nigel King and WR Mario Hull) that all got single digit offensive snaps and little to no special teams. In Week 2, all but King got double digit offensive snaps. That does not guarantee anything moving forward, but it is worth noting. Several of those players are likely on the short list for potential cuts during the first round next Tuesday.
Injuries limited Tank Carradine to two snaps and Vance McDonald to three snaps. Neither injury is viewed as significant at this point, but we'll see what Jim Tomsula says when he holds a 1 p.m. PT conference call to review the game.
Shayne Skov once again led the team in snaps. NaVorro Bowman returned and Desmond Bishop was sufficiently recovered from a leg strain last week to get in snaps as well. Moody had another busy day, but Jaquiski Tartt's involvement in a nickel linebacker type of role meant even more snaps once again for him. It seems like he could find himself in that role once the regular season gets here. It makes a lot of sense with his downhill ability.
Dillon Farrell led the way on the offensive side of the ball. He can play all five positions on the offensive line, but his focus is backup center and interior line. While Daniel Kilgore remains sidelined, Farrell has a strong opportunity to remain on the roster for a second straight season. His versatility is key following a year in which the interior line dealt with numerous injuries.
Last week, Busta Anderson only got one offensive snap. This week he had 13 offensive snaps and 1 special teams snap. I don't know if the extra work was due to Vance McDonald's injury, but I still wonder if the team is looking to hide him and get him to the practice squad. Of course, more plays like that 29-yard reception might change that!