SANTA CLARA -- It was another high-snap game for the 49ers defense considering that:
A.) The 49ers, leading the league in punts, had another six on Sunday.
B.) They had three turnovers, two on offense, one on special teams.
C.) The offense’s longest scoring drive of the game, 75 yards, lasted only 1:58.
That allowed the Buccaneers to run 75 plays a week after the Bills ran 79. Safety Eric Reid and cornerback Tramaine Brock played every one of those snaps. Linebacker Nick Bellore (74) missed one snap when he left the game with a shoulder injury. Rookie defensive lineman DeForest Buckner played 73 snaps, which is a lot for a rookie, a lot for a defensive lineman and 26 more than the next-busiest lineman on the team, Arik Armstead (26). Quinton Dial played 41 snaps, Mike Purcell played 17 and Tony Jerod-Eddie played 14.
At running back, the snap count differed than what was expected going into the game. Mike Davis started the contest but played 21 of 70 snaps. Shaun Draughn played 23 while DuJuan Harris played 26. Harris had fresh legs and was able to gain yards after contact in both the running and passing game. Here are their respective stats:
Harris: 11-39 (3.5); receiving: 2-18
Davis: 7-21 (3.0) 1 TD; receiving: 0-0
Draughn: 1-16 (16.0); receiving: 5-37, 1 TD
Last week defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said he'd have to consider getting rookie Ronald Blair some snaps at outside linebacker. Blair was hanging out with the defensive linemen Sunday and if he did get any snaps at OLB, they were few. He played seven snaps total. Ahmad Brooks, who has been by far the team's best outside linebacker, played 71 snaps followed by Aaron Lynch (48) and Eli Harold (26). Tank Carradine didn't play any snaps on defense.
At receiver, Torrey Smith was dealing with a bad back. And while that may have affected his performance (one catch for 17 yards) it didn't have a big impact on his snap count. He played all but 14 snaps (56). Quinton Patton played 61 followed by Jeremy Kerley (41), Aaron Burbridge (14) and Rod Streater (9). Keshawn Martin was not active after fumbling a kickoff last week in Buffalo.