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49ers snap count vs. Cardinals: Joshua Garnett gets first team run, Jeremy Kerley gets more snaps

We break down the snap count report from the 49ers Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The San Francisco 49ers lost another tough one Thursday night, dropping a 33-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. We saw a ridiculous amount of special teams work, thanks to a combined 16 punts between the two teams. It is worth noting, they combined for nine punts in the first quarter-and-a-half, so things settled down a little bit after that. But it was an ugly one in that regard.

Glenn Dorsey was an unexpected inactive. He was downgraded from full to limited on Wednesday, so I suppose it is not entirely shocking, but it was still felt on defense. Taylor Hart was active for the first time since joining the 49ers, and Tony Jerod-Eddie was active after a couple healthy scratches. I don’t think a healthy Dorsey would have completely flipped the run defense, but it would have been a better option.

The big surprise was that Joshua Garnett got his first guard snaps of the season. He replaced Andrew Tiller at right guard in the fourth quarter. He came on in the 49ers first offensive series after the Cardinals kicked a field goal to take a 24-14 lead. Garnett was in on the 49ers final three drives, which included a a punt (3 plays, 3 yards), a touchdown (12 plays, 76 yards), and a safety (2 plays, -1 yard). I’ll take a look at his tape in the next few days and we’ll see how he did. The offensive line struggled much of the night, but to be perfectly honest, after the Cardinals took a 31-17, I started to zone out.

Chris Davis once again saw little defensive playing time. He had two defensive snaps, and ten special teams snaps. Rashard Robinson and Tramaine Brock started at cornerback. Safety Jaquiski Tartt was the first defensive back off the bench (42 of 68 snaps), while cornerback Keith Reaser was the second defensive back off the bench (15 of 68 snaps).

It is interesting to note that Jeremy Kerley led the wide receivers in snaps, playing all 78 offensive snaps. He has been the third receiver thus far, finishing below Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton each week in terms of snaps. That changed this week

Here’s the full snap count. You can also view the gamebook PDF here.

Player Offense Defense ST
Jeremy Kerley 78 9
Joe Staley 78 4
Zane Beadles 78 4
Trenton Brown 78 3
Blaine Gabbert 78
Daniel Kilgore 78
Torrey Smith 73
Quinton Patton 71 13
Carlos Hyde 64
Garrett Celek 61 16
Andrew Tiller 60 4
Joshua Garnett 18 4
Blake Bell 14 19
Shaun Draughn 9 13
Rod Streater 9 5
Mike Davis 6 6
Aaron Burbridge 5 26
Nick Bellore 68 15
Rashard Robinson 68 9
Eric Reid 68 6
Antoine Bethea 68
Tramaine Brock 65
Arik Armstead 62 1
Michael Wilhoite 54 8
Jaquiski Tartt 42 19
Quinton Dial 40 11
Aaron Lynch 35 7
Eli Harold 32
Mike Purcell 29 17
Ahmad Brooks 28 6
Ronald Blair 25
Taylor Hart 20 5
Keith Reaser 15 20
Gerald Hodges 10 14
Tank Carradine 9 1
Tony Jerod-Eddie 6 6
Chris Davis 2 10
Dontae Johnson 1 32
Shayne Skov 32
Marcus Cromartie 21
Kyle Nelson 11
Bradley Pinion 11
Phil Dawson 9
Je'Ron Hamm 6