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49ers snaps count vs. Panthers, Week 1: George Kittle gets big snaps, defensive line features heavy rotation

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We break down the 49ers snap totals for Week 1.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers made their 2017 debut on Sunday, and it was not a pretty performance. The 49ers lost 23-3 thanks to a poor showing by the offensive line, undisciplined play leading to penalties, and some bad decisions on both sides of the ball.

That being said, the first game gives us our first significant benchmark in assessing where this thing is going. With that in mind, it’s time for a look at the 49ers Week 1 snap count against the Carolina Panthers. I’ve included a table below, and you can also check out the game book PDF.

The 49ers entered the game with tight end George Kittle listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He seemed entirely good to go, playing 54 snaps (95 percent of offensive snaps), which was the most of anybody not playing quarterback or on the offensive line. The 49ers spent most of their time in one-tight end formations, with Garrett Celek playing 14 snaps, and Logan Paulsen only getting three snaps. Given the lack of a significant ground game (15 total rushes by the team), it is not surprising Celek and Paulsen saw little time in the game.

The same might hold true for Kyle Juszczyk, who only appeared in 19 snaps. He was used in a variety of ways, but it was still limited, with the 49ers spending a lot of time in one-back sets. They did get some rotation at running back, with Matt Breida getting in for 12 snaps.

On the defensive side of the ball, we saw the expected significant rotation on the defensive line. The line rotation included the following (Eli Harold appeared to play no snaps as a nickel end):

DeForest Buckner: 53 snaps (79 percent)
Arik Armstead: 51 snaps (76 percent)
Solomon Thomas: 43 snaps (64 percent)
Earl Mitchell: 38 snaps (57 percent)
Tank Carradine: 31 snaps (46 percent)
Elvis Dumervil: 16 snaps (24 percent)
Xavier Cooper: 14 snaps (21 percent)

Here’s the full snap count for Week 1.

Week 1 vs. Panthers snap count

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 57 1
Zane Beadles 57 1
Daniel Kilgore 57 1
Brandon Fusco 57 1
Trent Brown 57 1
Brian Hoyer 57
George Kittle 54
Pierre Garçon 50
Marquise Goodwin 50
Carlos Hyde 45
Trent Taylor 24 3
Kyle Juszczyk 19 4
Garrett Celek 14 12
Matt Breida 12 10
Aldrick Robinson 10
Logan Paulsen 3 7
Kendrick Bourne 3 7
Raheem Mostert 1 14
Dontae Johnson 67 11
Jaquiski Tartt 67 9
Eric Reid 67 9
Rashard Robinson 67 8
NaVorro Bowman 66
DeForest Buckner 53 5
Arik Armstead 51 5
Ray-Ray Armstrong 45 12
Solomon Thomas 43
Earl Mitchell 38 5
Tank Carradine 31 6
Eli Harold 30 12
K'Waun Williams 29
Elvis Dumervil 16
Dekoda Watson 15 14
Don Jones 15 4
Xavier Cooper 14
Lorenzo Jerome 12 2
Reuben Foster 11
Brock Coyle 19
Adrian Colbert 13
Keith Reaser 10
Bradley Pinion 7
Kyle Nelson 5
Robbie Gould 1
Garry Gilliam 1