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Snap count reflects Ahkello Witherspoon benching, running back committee, Solomon Thomas questions

The San Francisco 49ers secured their first victory in Week 2, but it was an ugly one that saw Ahkello Witherspoon benched late in the game. We’ve got a full rundown of the snap count below, or you can check out the gamebook PDF.

Witherspoon had his worst game as a pro, giving up two scores and getting overwhelmed all day long. Jimmie Ward eventually replaced him, and did not do much in his own right. Kyle Shanahan is meeting with the media on Monday, so we’ll see if this week in practice brings an open competition for the cornerback spot opposite Richard Sherman.

Matt Breida was the star of the game on offense, thanks to a 66-yard touchdown run, but he still ended up with less work than Alfred Morris. Breida played 26 snaps, and had 11 carries and four targets (three receptions). Morris played 31 snaps, and had 14 carries and two targets (two receptions).

The defensive line rotation continues to leave Solomon Thomas on the shorter end of the stick. DeForest Buckner led the unit in snaps (64), followed by Cassius Marsh and Arik Armstead (54 apiece), Ronald Blair (40), and then Thomas (37). Thomas got some passing down work, but he is regularly replaced on the edge by Marsh on passing downs, with Arik Armstead moving inside from strong end to work next to DeForest Buckner at defensive tackle. Thomas remains a strong contributor in the team’s run defense, but he is not emerging as a consistent pass rushing threat.

Rookie Dante Pettis got his first start in place of an injured Marquise Goodwin, and led the wide receiver corps in snaps with 56 (88 percent of total offensive snaps). Richie James made his pro debut, and was on the field for seven snaps. Kendrick Bourne was only on the field for ten offensive snaps, but made the most of limited work with his four-yard touchdown reception.

Week 2 snap count vs. Lions

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 64 6
Weston Richburg 64 6
Laken Tomlinson 64 6
Mike McGlinchey 64 6
Jimmy Garoppolo 64
Mike Person 64
Dante Pettis 56 2
George Kittle 50
Pierre Garçon 48
Kyle Juszczyk 40 5
Alfred Morris 31
Garrett Celek 30 16
Matt Breida 26 5
Trent Taylor 16 4
Kendrick Bourne 10
Richie James 7
Cole Wick 6 15
Fred Warner 77 14
Adrian Colbert 77 5
Richard Sherman 77 4
Elijah Lee 72 13
Jaquiski Tartt 71 9
DeForest Buckner 64 14
Ahkello Witherspoon 64 12
K'Waun Williams 61 3
Cassius Marsh 54 15
Arik Armstead 54 3
Ronald Blair 40
Solomon Thomas 37 5
Earl Mitchell 25 6
Sheldon Day 20
Jimmie Ward 19 15
Mark Nzeocha 16 25
D.J. Jones 13 8
Antone Exum 6 20
Tarvarius Moore 25
Raheem Mostert 20
Bradley Pinion 18
D.J. Reed 16
Greg Mabin 15
Terence Garvin 15
Kyle Nelson 11
Robbie Gould 6
Garry Gilliam 6