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Snap counts: Patton leads WRs; snap-count analysis

08/25/2014 7:46 AM

10/08/2014 12:15 PM

SANTA CLARA -- Not only did Quinton Patton enter Sunday's game well ahead of Stevie Johnson, he played more snaps than any other 49ers receiver against the Chargers – 31. Asked if Patton was the team's No. 3 receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, Jim Harbaugh said, “We don’t have that yet for you, the ordering. I thought he did well.”

Other snap-count notes: Vance McDonald had his best game as a 49er and played more than any other tight end, 29 snaps. Presumed No. 3 tight end Derek Carrier did not play at all in the game. Asante Cleveland had 24 snaps, Vernon Davis 23, Kyle Nelson 13 and Kevin Greene 11.

Sunday's was the first preseason game in which Blaine Gabbert did not win the snap-count battle. Colin Kaepernick had 23, Josh Johnson 22, Gabbert 21 and McLeod Bethel-Thompson 9.

On defense, Aaron Lynch had a very good game and played more snaps, 32, than any other outside linebacker. At this point there is no way the 49ers cut him and risk another team picking him up.

Perhaps this is my suspicious mind working. But it seems like some of the players the 49ers might like to keep on the practice squad -- safety L.J. McCray, for example -- played very little.


Running backs

LaMichael James 23

Antonio Smith 22

Carlos Hyde 16

Bruce Miller 13

Glenn Winston 12

Frank Gore 2

Will Tukuafu 2

Jewel Hampton 0

Wide receiver

Quinton Patton 31

Bruce Ellington 29

Anquan Boldin 22

David Reed 20

Michael Crabtree 19

Lance Lewis 17

Stevie Johnson 17

Kassim Osgood 12

Devon Wylie 12

L'Daminian Washington 1

Offensive line

Joe Staley 38

Jonathan Martin 38

Ryan Seymour 37

Carter Bykowski 37

Dillon Farrell 37

Marcus Martin 36

Al Netter 36

Mike Iupati 34

Joe Looney 28

Daniel Kilgore 27

Michael Philipp 17

Adam Snyder 15


Defensive line

Quinton Dial 28

Tank Carradine 26

Ray McDonald 18

Tony Jerod-Eddie 17

Justin Smith 17

Demarcus Dobbs 14

Ian Williams 11

Lawrence Okoye 9

Mike Purcell 7

Inside linebacker

Chris Borland 32

Michael Wilhoite 26

Shayne Skov 19

Patrick Willis 19

Nick Moody 17

Kion Wilson 11

Outside linebacker

Aaron Lynch 32

Corey Lemonier 24

Ahmad Brooks 19

Aldon Smith 19

Chase Thomas 19

Dan Skuta 11


Darryl Morris 30

Chris Cook 21

Dontae Johnson 20

Kennth Acker 19

Tramaine Brock 18

Chris Culliver 18

Perrish Cox 16


C.J. Spillman 41

Jimmie Ward 40

Craig Dahl 26

DJ Campbell 19

Eric Reid 19

L.J. McCray 0

Ray Ventrone 0

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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