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49ers-Seahawks snap count: Hell of a busy day for the defense

The 49ers welcomed back Jimmie Ward, and not a moment too soon.

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The San Francisco 49ers lost a tough one to the Seattle Seahawks, falling 12-9 on a late Russell Wilson touchdown. The 49ers offense struggled to get going with any consistency, but the defense put together a heck of a performance. They held the Seahawks to the one touchdown, and had several chances to swing this game, if not for a couple missed interceptions.

The 49ers gave up the late touchdown to Russell Wilson, but given the amount of work this unit put in, it was an incredibly impressive performance. The 49ers ended up with 82 defensive snaps, and we saw some extensive rotation along the defensive front. The cornerbacks and Jaquiski Tartt played all 82 snaps, and NaVorro Bowman played 81. After that, nobody played more than 68.

Along the defensive line, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead led the way with 67 snaps apiece. Earl Mitchell was busier this week, playing 50 snaps. Solomon Thomas was next on the list, and this week saw Elvis Dumervil play more snaps than Tank Carradine. The 49ers spent extensive time in their nickel look, thus less work for Tank.

Jimmie Ward was expected to be on a snap count in his return from the hamstring injury. He initially was going to be the dime safety, similar to Lorenzo Jerome’s role. Ward played 38 snaps as he took over the starting free safety role when Eric Reid got hurt.

On offense, the big change was Laken Tomlinson replacing Zane Beadles at left guard. Tomlinson got the start, and while he did struggle, he looked a little better than Beadles. That’s a low bar, but it’s hopefully something the 49ers can build on heading into Week 3.

You can view the snap count below, and check out the gamebook PDF as well.

Week 2 snap count vs. Seahawks

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 49 3
Trent Brown 49 3
Daniel Kilgore 49 3
Brandon Fusco 49 3
Brian Hoyer 49
Laken Tomlinson 48
George Kittle 43
Marquise Goodwin 42
Carlos Hyde 40
Pierre Garçon 39
Trent Taylor 21 7
Kyle Juszczyk 17 7
Garrett Celek 16 18
Aldrick Robinson 12
Matt Breida 9 11
Logan Paulsen 5 7
Victor Bolden 1 8
Garry Gilliam 1 3
Dontae Johnson 82 13
Rashard Robinson 82 11
Jaquiski Tartt 82 11
NaVorro Bowman 81
Ray-Ray Armstrong 68 10
DeForest Buckner 67 3
Arik Armstead 67 3
K'Waun Williams 54
Eric Reid 52 5
Earl Mitchell 50 3
Solomon Thomas 48
Jimmie Ward 38 1
Aaron Lynch 30
Eli Harold 28 14
D.J. Jones 23
Elvis Dumervil 22
Tank Carradine 21 3
Brock Coyle 6 25
Dekoda Watson 1 25
Raheem Mostert 22
Adrian Colbert 21
Elijah Lee 19
Asa Jackson 16
Bradley Pinion 14
Kyle Nelson 10
Zane Beadles 3
Robbie Gould 3