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PFF grades and snap counts from the 49ers and Broncos

Top five on both sides of the ball, and the not so top give

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We’ve been through every analysis piece from the San Francisco 49ers 24-15 victory over the Denver Broncos. Now we’re going to take a look at the snap counts from the offense and defense, as well as the best and worst grades on each side of the ball, via Pro Football Focus.

Offensive snap counts

Last week, only 28 players played on offense. That number climbed to 36 players this week. There were a possible 56 snaps on offense.


Offense Player Number of snaps Position
Offense Player Number of snaps Position
Najee Toran 45 RG
Justin Skule 45 RT
Kendrick Bourne 44 WR
Sam Young 37 RT
Daniel Brunskill 31 LG
Richie James 31 WR
Daniel Helm 29 TE
Ross Reynolds 27 LG
C.J. Beathard 27 QB
Wesley Johnson 27 C
Deebo Samuel 23 WR
Kaden Smith 22 TE
Tyree Mayfield 21 TE
Jeff Wilson 17 RB
Raheem Mostert 15 RB
Austin Walter 12 RB
Dante Pettis 11 WR
Mike McGlinchey 11 RT
Ross Dwelley 11 TE
Laken Tomlinson 11 LG
Jimmy Garoppolo 11 QB
Marquise Goodwin 11 WR
Ben Garland 11 C
Joe Staley 11 LT
Nick Mullens 10 QB
Christian DiLauro 8 RT
Wilton Speight 8 QB
Jalen Hurd 8 WR
Willie Beavers 8 LT
Dillon Day 8 C
Tevin Coleman 6 RB
Matt Breida 5 RB
Jordan Matthews 5 WR
Kyle Juszczyk 4 FB
Malik Henry 3 WR
Shawn Poindexter 1 WR
Brandon Wilds 1 RB

We’ll have another 53-man roster projection on Thursday morning. As much as we talk about the fifth and sixth wide receivers, finding the seventh and eighth offensive linemen has been a struggle, as nobody has really stood out. Going back to the receivers, Jordan Matthews started in the slot with the first-team. To put it mildly, he was not impressive. Against Kansas City, when we can expect the starters to play the majority of the first half, I’ll be interested to see if we see more Deebo Samuel sprinkled in with the first unit.


Top 5

Raheem Mostert 86.2

Kendrick Bourne 80.1

Wesley Johnson 75.9

Kaden Smith 75.8

Deebo Samuel 74.0

Mostert was awesome. Eight touches for 100 yards and a touchdown. That’s how it’s done. Smith was open on both of his targets, and was able to haul one in. He also helped spring Mostert on the long touchdown. Bourne bounced back nicely after a rough drop.

Bottom 5

Daniel Helm 46.5

Ross Dwelley 46.0

Marquise Goodwin 45.8

Wilton Speight 25.7

Jimmy Garoppolo 17.1

Speight fumbling his only pass attempt is comical. I’m not sure what Goodwin did wrong. On the curl route he ran where there was an interception, he was open. He even tried to fight for the ball and break it up. On another target, the pass was tipped. Again, he was open. What is he supposed to do there?

We talked about ol’ Jimmy for 45 minutes. Give it a listen.


There were 80 possible snaps for the defense, with 27 players seeing the field. The energy and effort was outstanding on this side of the ball. There are still a few issues that needs to be ironed out, but Dee Ford and Nick Bosa will hide most of them.


Defense Player Number of snaps Position
Defense Player Number of snaps Position
DJ Reed 54 SCB
Tarvarius Moore 51 FS
Azeez Al-Shaair 49 LB
Jeremiah Valoaga 49 Edge
Dontae Johnson 49 CB
Jaquiski Tartt 44 S
Kentravius Street 41 Edge
Jamell Garcia-Williams 38 Edge
Solomon Thomas 37 DL
Marcell Harris 36 S
Kevin Givens 36 DT
Mark Nzeocha 35 LB
LaRoy Reynolds 34 LB
Jay Bromley 33 DT
Tim Harris 31 CB
David Mayo 31 LB
Quinten Rollins 31 CB
Emmanuel Moseley 29 SCB
Jordan Thompson 29 DT
Sheldon Day 29 DT
Dre Greenlaw 27 LB
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles 20 LB
Damontre Moore 20 Edge
Ahkello Witherspoon 13 CB
Arik Armstead 13 DT
Malcolm Smith 13 LB
Richard Sherman 13 CB

The coaching staff wants to see what they have in Reed, and he will need to step it up on Saturday. Valoaga and Bromley are both newcomers, but they have made plenty of plays in their limited sample size. I’m over the Mayo experiment. It’d be disappointing if Al-Shaair, a player with upside, is left off the roster for him.


Top 5

Damontre Moore 89.5

Jaquiski Tartt 83.9

Ahkello Witherspoon 82.3

Malcolm Smith 78.1

Marcell Harris 77.8

Moore continues to win. Tartt looked like a Pro Bowler. Making plays in coverage, and against the run. A friendly reminder that he is a good football player. I loved seeing ‘Spoon mix it up and make a tackle in the backfield. That was essentially the only play he was involved in. Same with Smith, on the pass breakup. Harris did was he always does, came downhill and make plays near the line of scrimmage.

Bottom 5

Jamell Garcia-Williams 47.3

Kevin Givens 47.3

DJ Reed 46.1

LaRoy Reynolds 41.8

Kenativus Street 30.4

Scott wrote about Givens. He was not happy about that grade. Reed’s grade is fair. He needs to finish plays. Reynolds had the big hit, but I don’t recall him doing much else. I imagine Street’s grade is so low because of his win percentage. My guess would be aside from his two sacks, they didn’t have him doing much else. In a coaches meeting, if you get two sacks in 30 pass rushes, you’re going to get more of an opportunity the next game.