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49ers-Chiefs snap count: Rookies and offensive linemen led the way

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We have a full rundown of the 49ers snap count vs. the Chiefs.

The San Francisco 49ers are into their second day of practice this week, but we can’t forget about the preseason snap count. An NFL stats database compiles a full rundown of snaps for every game throughout the season. We’ll be back each week with the details for the given week. Some weeks it will be a full list like this, and some weeks it will be presented in a different fashion to keep it from getting stale. Here is this week’s gamebook PDF.

Preseason snap counts are not an easy thing to analyze given how much playing time everybody on the roster gets. This is particularly true for special teams players. Linebacker Dekoda Watson played 14 defensive snaps, and safety Don Jones played 19 defensive snaps. Both also played 15 special teams snaps, and we know they will be primarily core special teams players if they make the roster. Only injuries would change that.

The 49ers did not play nearly as many defensive snaps as offensive snaps, and we saw rookies getting a lot of the work. Seven of the top eight defensive snap totals went to rookies, with Keith Reaser the exception. There were a lot of defensive backs up top, which is not surprising given the injuries at safety and cornerback.

On the offensive side of the ball, reserve offensive linemen led the way, with the top six snap totals going to them. JP Flynn got the most snaps, 76, which accounted for 92 percent of total offensive snaps. He came on with the second team offensive line after the starters got eight snaps, and he never left the game. If Flynn can put together a decent preseason, I could see him getting claimed off waivers elsewhere. I’m curious to see if he ends up getting a shot at a practice squad spot otherwise.

Here’s the full snap count.

49ers-Chiefs preseason snap count

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
JP Flynn 76
Garry Gilliam 59 5
Norman Price 58 7
Tim Barnes 52 7
John Theus 51 7
Erik Magnuson 41 7
C.J. Beathard 41
Vance McDonald 37 2
Kendrick Bourne 35 1
Matt Barkley 35
Blake Bell 34 18
DeAndre Carter 28 10
Trent Taylor 28 3
Matt Breida 28
Tyler McCloskey 27 1
Joe Williams 25
Garrett Celek 24 8
Victor Bolden 24 6
Darrell Williams 24 3
Raheem Mostert 23 10
DeAndre Smelter 20 10
Andrew Lauderdale 17 3
Aldrick Robinson 15
Logan Paulsen 14 5
Cole Hikutini 11 9
Aaron Burbridge 11 6
Trent Brown 8 1
Marquise Goodwin 8
Daniel Kilgore 7 1
Brandon Fusco 7 1
Joe Staley 7 1
Zane Beadles 7 1
Brian Hoyer 7
Carlos Hyde 7
Jeremy Kerley 6 1
Kyle Juszczyk 4
Pierre Garçon 4
Tim Patrick 2 1
Richard Levy 1 3
Lorenzo Jerome 33 8
Ahkello Witherspoon 28 7
Solomon Thomas 28 2
Keith Reaser 27 5
Reuben Foster 27 1
Chanceller James 25 14
Austin Calitro 25 3
Noble Nwachukwu 24 2
Ray-Ray Armstrong 22 5
Will Davis 21 13
D.J. Jones 21 4
Don Jones 19 15
Will Redmond 19 10
Vinnie Sunseri 18 15
Chris Jones 18 2
Eli Harold 15 10
Ronald Blair 15 3
NaVorro Bowman 15 1
Aaron Lynch 15
Dekoda Watson 14 15
Arik Armstead 14 1
Eric Reid 14 1
Rashard Robinson 14 1
Ahmad Brooks 14 1
Tank Carradine 11 1
Earl Mitchell 11 1
Pita Taumoepenu 10 12
Prince Charles Iworah 10 11
Asa Jackson 10 6
Quinton Dial 10 4
Jayson DiManche 7 15
K'Waun Williams 7
DeForest Buckner 6
Sean Porter 4 1
Elvis Dumervil 2
Bradley Pinion 15
Kyle Nelson 12
Robbie Gould 7
Nick Rose 6
Kapri Bibbs 4
Tim Hightower 1