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49ers snap count vs. Bills: Keith Reaser gets big reps, Joshua Garnett starts

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The quarterback position was not the only notable change to the 49ers lineup. We break down what the snap count tells us.

The San Francisco 49ers made a big change at the quarterback position for Week 6 vs. the Buffalo Bills, but the game saw several notable adjustments on both sides of the ball. We’ve got the full snap count below, and can check out the gamebook PDF here.

The team formally made a change at right guard, inserting Joshua Garnett in over Andrew Tiller. Garnett got 18 RG snaps in Week 5, and handled the entire workload in Week 6. We’ll go back and take a look, but the 49ers offensive line had its share of issues, particularly in the ground game. Tiller ended up with four special teams snaps.

We also saw a change at tight end that flew under the radar. Blake Bell was inactive and Je’Ron Hamm was active. Hamm only got two snaps, so it’s not like this is a huge change. But it’s interesting to see Bell deactivated. The one-time college quarterback is not exactly doing much to impress in his conversion to tight end (which began during his final college season).

On the defensive side of the ball, Rashard Robinson suffered a concussion in the third quarter. Keith Reaser took over as the outside cornerback opposite Tramaine Brock. That also resulted in Dontae Johnson getting a few more snaps than normal as the nickel back. The team was without Jaquiski Tartt, who was inactive with a quad injury. Rather than play a third safety for any stretch, the 49ers went with a more traditional nickel sub-package.

Gerald Hodges managed four snaps on the day. If he cannot supplant Michael Wilhoite or Nick Bellore at this point, it’s just another lost player. The 49ers got Hodges for very little (C Nick Easton and a 6th round pick). He showed some things in limited work late last season, but fell out of favor this year with the new coaching staff.

Here’s the full snap count.

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 61 4
Zane Beadles 61 4
Trent Brown 61 4
Joshua Garnett 61 4
Colin Kaepernick 61
Daniel Kilgore 61
Jeremy Kerley 57 7
Quinton Patton 55 2
Torrey Smith 51 1
Carlos Hyde 32
Vance McDonald 30
Garrett Celek 27 17
Mike Davis 24 16
Aaron Burbridge 12 22
Rod Streater 10 5
Shaun Draughn 5 14
Je'Ron Hamm 2 17
Nick Bellore 79 12
Eric Reid 79 7
Tramaine Brock 79 4
Antoine Bethea 79
Michael Wilhoite 74 5
DeForest Buckner 73
Ahmad Brooks 67 7
Arik Armstead 64
Keith Reaser 54 16
Rashad Robinson 44 4
Eli Harold 41 9
Aaron Lynch 39 6
Quinton Dial 37 11
Glenn Dorsey 19
Mike Purcell 13 18
Dontae Johnson 11 24
Tank Carradine 11 14
Gerald Hodges 4 18
Ronald Blair 2 1
Shayne Skov 29
Marcus Cromartie 22
Bradley Pinion 14
Kyle Nelson 9
Keshawn Martin 5
Andrew Tiller 4
Phil Dawson 4
JaCorey Shepherd 3