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49ers snap count vs. Vikings: Young offensive linemen get a chance to shine

The 49ers suffered a last-second preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but the snap count tells us plenty more.

The San Francisco 49ers sent their starters out for much of the first half against the Minnesota Vikings, but the so-called “dress rehearsal” preseason game actually saw quite a bit of rotation. Kyle Shanahan seemed to want to get some of his second team players some time with the first team, and it resulted in a lot of different lineup variations.

John Theus might prove to be one of the big preseason winners. When Joe Staley left the game with a knee injury, Theus was his replacement. Garry Gilliam entered camp competing with Trent Brown, and potentially looking at the swing tackle role otherwise. Gilliam could still be in the mix, but Theus would appear to have the edge for the swing tackle role.

Erik Magnuson also got extensive work, coming in initially as the second team center. Tim Barnes seemed to have beaten out Jeremy Zuttah for that role, but suddenly Magnuson is coming after a roster spot. He has gotten work at both center and guard, and he played right tackle last year in college. That kind of versatility could get him a roster spot.

On the defensive side of the ball, Lorenzo Jerome led in snaps, coming off the bench behind Jaquiski Tartt. He came in as the sixth defensive back when the 49ers went to their dime, and then replaced Tartt at free safety in the second half. I am not quite sure what any of this means given Jimmie Ward’s own status.

Aaron Lynch played in the second half and had a heck of a game, netting eight pressures, including one sack. Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, and Elvis Dumervil got the bulk of the edge time with the first team defense. Lynch has impressed in the preseason, but his specific role on the depth chart is still a little unclear.

Newcomer Sen’Derrick Marks got a lot of work in his first game, playing 21 snaps. The 49ers signed him last Wednesday to add some defensive line depth. He will likely get a ton of work this Thursday in the preseason finale.

Here’s the full snap count. You can check it out along with more information in the 49ers-Vikings gamebook PDF.

49ers preseason snap count vs. Vikings

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
John Theus 50 4
Erik Magnuson 33 3
John Flynn 33 3
Garry Gilliam 33 2
Andrew Gardner 33
Aldrick Robinson 31
C.J. Beathard 30
Trent Brown 29 2
Daniel Kilgore 29 2
Brandon Fusco 29 2
Zane Beadles 29 2
Louis Murphy 27
George Kittle 27
Brian Hoyer 26
Pierre Garçon 23
Carlos Hyde 20
Marquis Goodwin 18
Logan Paulsen 17 7
Trent Taylor 16 3
Raheem Mostert 15 9
Vance McDonald 15 2
Matt Breida 15 1
Victor Bolden 14 4
Tyler McCloskey 12 5
Joe Williams 12
Kendrick Bourne 11 5
Jeremy Kerley 11 2
Kyle Juszczyk 11
Garrett Celek 9 8
Blake Bell 6 19
Darrell Williams 6 3
Joe Staley 6 1
Matt Barkley 6
Lorenzo Jerome 55 6
Asa Jackson 53 7
Vinnie Sunseri 43 20
Ahkello Witherspoon 43 11
Keith Reaser 43 9
Jaquiski Tartt 35 6
Dontae Johnson 35 6
Eric Reid 35 3
Reuben Foster 35
Rashard Robinson 34 3
Aaron Lynch 33 5
D.J. Jones 32 6
Ronald Blair 31 6
Austin Calitro 30 11
Arik Armstead 30
Shayne Skov 26 7
Ray-Ray Armstrong 24 19
NaVorro Bowman 24
Pita Taumoepenu 23 9
Leger Douzable 23
Solomon Thomas 23
Sen'Derrick Marks 21
Quinton Dial 17 9
Earl Mitchell 16
Elvis Dumervil 15
Eli Harold 14 2
Chris Jones 14
DeForest Buckner 14
K'Waun Williams 13
Dekoda Watson 8 17
Tank Carradine 8 1
Brock Coyle 7 13
D.J. Jones 1 16
DeAndre Smelter 18
Bradley Pinion 12
Kyle Nelson 10
DeAndre Carter 6
Robbie Gould 5
Adrian Colbert 4
Nick Rose 4
Norman Price 3
Tim Barnes 3
Kapri Bibbs 2
Tim Hightower 2
Cole Hikutini 1