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Jeremy McNichols is your Week 2 workhorse running back

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The 49ers preseason snap count usually reveals some interesting tidbits. We’ve got the full look on both sides of the ball following the Texans game.

The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their second game of the preseason this past weekend, and we’re back with the snap count! Contain your excitement. I’ve posted the full snap count below, but feel free to check out the game book PDF.

As expected, we saw a little bit more of the starters, although not a crazy amount for a lot of them. A week ago, Jimmy Garoppolo and many of the offensive starters played nine snaps or less. This week, Garoppolo and the bulk of his offensive line got 23 snaps. Mike Person played a little longer as the team continues to take an extended look at him. Joshua Garnett and Jonathan Cooper both got their first game action as well.

In the first preseason game, rookie lineman Jullian Taylor started and played 32 snaps, and was in the game all four quarters. This week, he started again, but only played 13 snaps. That was two fewer than the bulk of the starters, but given he is not a regular in the sub-packages, that makes sense. But he was treated a bit more like a starter this week, which is intriguing while Arik Armstead remains sidelined. Sheldon Day got a sizable workload, and appears to be earning a key rotational spot on the defensive interior.

Running back Jeremy McNichols was the work-horse back this week, thanks in part to Joe William suffering his injury. Alfred Morris ended up not playing on Saturday, while rookie Jeff Wilson got 11 snaps on the day. McNichols started at running back, and we saw him fairly regularly during the game. With Williams now joining Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida on the sideline the rest of the preseason, I would not be surprised to see Morris getting a sizable workload this Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Does anything in particular stand out for you in the Week 2 snap count?

49ers-Texans snap count, preseason 2018

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Andrew Lauderdale 46 2
Jeremy McNichols 41
Joshua Garnett 35 2
C.J. Beathard 33
Cole Hikutini 32 9
Mike Person 28
Darrell Williams 26 1
Dante Pettis 25 2
Aaron Burbridge 24 9
Kendrick Bourne 24 6
Najee Toran 23 2
Erik Magnuson 23 1
Mike McGlinchey 23 1
Joe Staley 23 1
Weston Richburg 23 1
Laken Tomlinson 23 1
Jimmy Garoppolo 23
Jonathan Cooper 21 1
Cole Wick 21
Aldrick Robinson 20 13
Pace Murphy 20 2
Garrett Celek 19 1
Joe Williams 17 4
Marquiae Goodwin 16
Coleman Shelton 16
Pierre Garçon 15
Kyle Juszczyk 14
Ross Dwelley 13 6
Nick Mullens 13
J.P. Flynn 13
Richie James 12 5
Jeff Wilson 11 9
Malcolm Johnson 11 5
Victor Bolden 10 6
Trent Taylor 10 1
Steven Dunbar 5 13
Wes Saxton 5 5
Chris Gonzalez 2
Antone Exum 55 4
Jeremiah Attaochu 47 8
Chanceller James 43 4
Elijah Lee 40 11
Ronald Blair 40 1
D.J. Reed 36 6
Sheldon Day 35 1
Fred Warner 34 6
Reuben Foster 33 1
Jimmie Ward 33 1
Eli Harold 27 11
Greg Mabin 27 10
Tarvarius Moore 25 7
Emmanuel Moseley 25 6
Ahkello Witherspoon 24 3
Brock Coyle 24 1
Chris Thornton 24 1
Tyvis Powell 22 10
Cassius Marsh 22 1
D.J. Jones 21 1
Will Sutton 17 3
Earl Mitchell 17 2
Korey Toomer 15 10
Tarvarus McFadden 15 9
Dexter McCoil 15 5
Jaquiski Tartt 15 2
DeForest Buckner 15 2
Adiran Colbert 15 1
Jullian Taylor 13 1
Dekoda Watson 11 8
Pita Taumoepenu 8 17
Niles Scott 7 1
Mark Nzeocha 3 10
Kyle Nelson 9
Raheem Mostert 8
Bradley Pinion 8
Jeff Locke 6
Robbie Gould 3