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49ers snap count vs. Chargers: It’s more about the DNPs than anything else

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The 49ers wrapped up their preseason schedule against the Los Angeles Chargers. The snap count, or lack there of is worth a note.

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The San Francisco 49ers played their final preseason game of 2017, and the snap count might provide more useful information this time around than in any other preseason game. The snap counts are useful, but it’s more about the list of DNPs for the game.

Prior to the game, the 49ers announced 29 players were officially not going to play. Here’s that full list.

QB Brian Hoyer
WR Marquise Goodwin
WR Aaron Burbridge
WR Pierre Garçon
CB Will Redmond
CB K'Waun Williams
FS Jimmie Ward
RB Carlos Hyde
S Jaquiski Tartt
CB Rashard Robinson
S Eric Reid
CB Dontae Johnson
FB Kyle Juszczyk
LB NaVorro Bowman
LB Reuben Foster
Edge Elvis Dumervil
OG Brandon Fusco
OG Joshua Garnett
C Daniel Kilgore
OG Zane Beadles
OT Joe Staley
OT Trent Brown
TE George Kittle
DT Earl Mitchell
DL Arik Armstead
DL Solomon Thomas
DE Tank Carradine
DL Ronald Blair III
DT DeForest Buckner

However, the team had quite a few other players sit out the game. They include the following:

QB Matt Barkley
WR Louis Murphy
WR Jeremy Kerley
WR Aldrick Robinson
CB Prince Charles Iworah
RB Raheem Mostert
RB Matt Breida
TE Garrett Celek

According to Matt Maiocco, Ronald Blair was dealing with an injury, but other than that, I don’t know of injuries that would impact who would play. Aaron Burbridge for instance has gotten a lot of special team work. If he was a healthy scratch for the game, does that mean he’s secured a roster spot?

One thing worth noting is that the decision to sit some of these players likely also reflected the opposite situation. For players clearly going to be cut, you don’t want to risk an injury that results in owing them an injury settlement or having to place them on season-ending injured reserve. Additionally, with some of the veterans, you know more or less what you’re getting with them.

It was interesting to see Tim Hightower get significant playing time. I would think you kind of know what he can do. Was the playing time just to get him on the field and playing before cuts, or was there something else to it? It could mean quite a few things. I’m just not entirely sure what to make of it, so we’ll see what roster cuts bring!

On the other hand, Matt Barkley sat out the game. Afterward, Kyle Shanahan said he had told Barkley after the Vikings game that he would not play vs. the Chargers. Shanahan said there was nothing he could have done in this game to change their opinion of him.

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

49ers-Chargers preseason snap count

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
John Flynn 49 6
Andrew Gardner 43 2
Norman Price 39 2
Blake Bell 35 12
DeAndre Smelter 33 12
Tim Patrick 33 4
Darrell Williams 32 1
Andrew Lauderdale 32 1
Nick Mullens 32
Joe Williams 26 12
DeAndre Carter 26 4
John Theus 24 4
Garry Gilliam 24 4
Tim Barnes 24 4
C.J. Beathard 24
Kendrick Bourne 21 7
Victor Bolden 21 1
Cole Hikutini 20 4
Tim Hightower 19 3
Logan Paulsen 15 11
Erik Magnuson 13 3
Tyler McCloskey 12 11
Kapri Bibbs 11 4
Trent Taylor 8 1
Adrian Colbert 60 12
Asa Jackson 46 8
Vinnie Sunseri 43 5
Pita Taumopenu 40 18
Keith Reaser 39 15
Ahkello Witherspoon 38 2
Ray-Ray Armstrong 38 1
Aaron Lynch 37 4
Austin Calitro 36 14
Leger Douzable 36 4
C.J. jones 31 2
Quinton Dial 30 7
Brock Coyle 24 1
Shayne Skov 22 13
Will Davis 22 8
Noble Nwachukwu 21 2
Sen'Derrick Marks 19 1
Dekoda Watson 19 1
D.J. Jones 18 5
Don Jones 17 11
Lorenzo Jerome 14 16
Eli Harold 10
Bradley Pinion 13
Kyle Nelson 10
Nick Rose 5
Robbie Gould 2
Marquise Goodwin 1
Aldrick Robinson 1
Raheem Mostert 1
Matt Breida 1