The San Francisco 49ers was busy on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, but even with a season-high 486 yards of offense, the offensive snap count was the lowest we’ve seen since Week 4. It goes more to show the big plays the 49ers broke off against a bad Saints defense.
DuJuan Harris got the start in place of an injured Carlos Hyde, and he got most of the running back snaps. Harris finished with 53 offensive snaps, while Mike Davis had eight, and Shaun Draughn had none (12 special teams snaps). Harris and Davis both had a fumble, and that did not go over well with Chip Kelly. However, with few additional options, we’ll see plenty more of them in Week 10. Draughn might get more work, but Harris was effective in his role and should get another chance to start if Hyde can’t play.
Quinton Patton led the wide receivers in snaps, with 55. Jeremy Kerley and Torrey Smith each had 45. Kerley was the primary beneficiary of Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, while Patton has been the primary beneficiary of Colin Kaepernick at quarterback.
There really isn’t a whole lot else to take from the 49ers offensive snap count. Blake Bell remains an insignificant part of the tight end depth chart, although he is getting regular special teams work. Mike Davis got two games of somewhat significant opportunity, but returned to single digit offensive snaps in Week 9. Aaron Burbridge has gotten double digit snaps the past three games, so I guess that’s something. At least he’s getting sent out on the field. It’s certainly exciting stuff.
Here is the full offensive snap count for Week 9 (Gamebook PDF):