The San Francisco 49ers finally got their first win under head coach Kyle Shanahan, and it came with the help of all sorts of youngsters and newcomers. Injuries have piled up, resulting in a host of new faces getting a chance to shine. We’ve got a full snap count down below, and you can also view it in the gamebook PDF.
The 49ers wide receiver depth chart has seen plenty of turnover, and with Pierre Garçon and Trent Taylor out on Sunday, we saw plenty more. Louis Murphy was signed earlier this week, and he had two receptions for 48 yards. Rookie UDFA Kendrick Bourne was active as well, catching three passes 42 yards. They were joined by tight end Garrett Celek, who saw more looks than normal thanks to George Kittle’s absence. Celek finished the game with four receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.
The defensive front continues to fluctuate, with Solomon Thomas out again due to his MCL sprain. Leger Douzable continues to get a lot of work, but the 49ers could do some more rotation. D.J. Jones was healthy again, and so we saw him rotating with Tony McDaniel on the inside. Add in Ronald Blair available both inside and outside, and it allowed the 49ers line to remain relatively healthy.
Reuben’s Foster continued play has rendered Ray-Ray Armstrong a special teams player and linebacker depth at this point. In Week 9, Armstrong played one defensive snap and 22 special teams snaps (76 percent of ST snaps). In Week 10, he played no defensive snaps and 14 special teams snaps (58 percent of ST snaps). Foster and Brock Coyle, and Eli Harold are the three starting linebackers in this defense. Harold comes off the field a decent amount on passing downs, while Coyle comes off in nickel situations.
49ers snap count vs. Giants