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49ers snap count vs. Broncos: Is Cole Hikutini being kept under the radar on purpose?

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Here’s a look at the 49ers full snap count from preseason Week 2 vs. the Denver Broncos

The San Francisco 49ers are halfway through their preseason following Saturday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, and snap totals are offering a variety of information. I’ve posted the Week 2 snap count below, and here is the Week 1 snap count. You can view the Week 2 gamebook PDF here.

Preseason snap count totals are fascinating because there is all sorts of room for interpretation for why certain players are getting more snaps than others. On the offensive line, Erik Magnuson led the team in snaps while moving up from the third team to the second team. Magnuson has had some quality film through two games, and the more work he gets, the less likely it is that he would clear waivers if the 49ers want to slip him to the practice squad.

One player who has not gotten a ton of work is tight end Cole Hikutini. He got 11 snaps in Week 1 and three snaps in Week 2. Sometimes a team gives a player less playing time in hopes of keeping him under the radar and improve their chances of sliding him through waivers to the practice squad.

The 49ers got two veterans into the mix in a big way this week. Defensive lineman Leger Douzable and wide receiver Louis Murphy were training camp signings after injuries to their respective positions. Both got their first playing time last weekend, and were among the snap leaders at their respective positions. Both are long shots to make the roster, but they’ll be able to get some more work on film in the meantime.

Preseason Week 2 snap count

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Erik Magnuson 25 2
Brian Hoyer 24
Trent Brown 24
Zane Beadles 23
Daniel Kilgore 23
Brandon Fusco 23
Joe Staley 23
Louis Murphy 23
George Kittle 22
John Flynn 21 3
Tim Barnes 21 2
Garry Gilliam 21
John Theus 20 2
C.J. Beathard 20
Carlos Hyde 20
Marquise Goodwin 18
Kendrick Bourne 15 1
Tim Hightower 14
Jeremy Kerley 13 2
Aldrick Robinson 13
Garrett Celek 12 11
Victor Bolden 12 7
Trent Taylor 11 2
Logan Paulsen 10 8
Kapri Bibbs 10 6
Pierre Garçon 10
Vance McDonald 9
Kyle Juszczyk 6
Tyler McCloskey 5 2
Blake Bell 5 17
DeAndre Carter 5 4
Darrell Williams 4 4
Joe Williams 4 3
Norman Price 4 2
Andrew Lauderdale 4 1
Matt Barkley 4
Andrew Gardner 4
Cole Hikutini 3
Asa Jackson 40 8
Ahkello Witherspoon 39 6
Don Jones 38 4
Lorenzo Jerome 37 16
Leger Douzable 36 3
Dekoda Watson 33 11
Jaquiski Tartt 33 9
Pita Taumoepenu 31 17
Brock Coyle 30 10
Ray-Ray Armstrong 30 10
Chris Jones 30 9
Keith Reaser 30 5
Ahmad Brooks 30 1
Quinton Dial 23 5
Eli Harold 23 4
Arik Armstead 23 2
Reuben Foster 23 2
Eric Reid 23 2
NaVorro Bowman 23 2
Don Jones 22 18
Shayne Skov 22 9
Will Davis 22 5
Austin Calitro 21 8
Dontae Johnson 20 4
Rashard Robinson 20 3
Vinnie Sunseri 19 10
Adrian Colbert 19 8
Earl Mitchell 19 2
Solomon Thomas 16 1
Tank Carradine 15 3
Noble Nwachukwu 15 2
K'Waun Williams 11
Elvis Dumervil 8
DeAndre Smelter 16
Bradley Pinion 8
Kyle Nelson 7
Raheem Mostert 4
Robbie Gould 3
Nick Rose 1
Matt Breida 1
Tim Patrick 1