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Snap counts: ‘Miscommunication’ leaves Anthony Davis with just three snaps

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Houston won the game 24-13.
San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Houston won the game 24-13. AP

SANTA CLARA -- When reporters last met with Chip Kelly on Friday, his team's starting right guard was Anthony Davis. Three days later, Davis no longer was in the starting lineup and no longer was playing guard.

Davis, 26, played only three snaps Monday against the Rams, and they came as a reserve tackle late in the fourth quarter when the outcome shad long been decided.

What happened in the interim, Kelly was asked?

“As I looked at it going through it, it was really my decision and I told A.D. that we were just going to start (Andrew) Tiller going into this game," he explained. "We knew that was a pretty formidable front. We’ll continue to grow A.D. Again he’s missed a lot of football and he’s coming back. And, I’ll give him credit, handling it like a professional. But it was my decision in terms of starting Tiller in this game.”

So why did he miss Saturday's practice?

“There was just a miscommunication," Kelly said. "but he was back on Sunday and he had a real good Sunday for us and was good today. Got a chance to get a couple snaps in there at the end.”

According to multiple sources, it was Davis who had misgivings about playing guard and that over the weekend he mulled stepping away from the team. What about that, Chip?

“It was just a miscommunication," Kelly said. "I had a long talk with Anthony on Saturday and everything has been ironed out. He’s good to go.”

Other snap-count notes:

* With Davis out of the starting lineup, Tiller played 77 of 84 snaps at right guard, Marcus Martin filled in for seven snaps when Tiller seemed to hurt his foot in the first half.

* One of the questions this season is whether Kelly's fast-paced offense will create too many snaps for his defensive players. On Monday, however, the unit was on the field for only 61 snaps and forced seven, three-and-out scenarios. Of the defensive linemen, DeForest Buckner played the most (51 snaps) followed by Arik Armstead (35), Mike Purcell (33), Quinton Dial (25), Ronald Blair (7) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (6).

* At outside linebacker, Ahmad Brooks led the way with 40 snaps, Eli Harold had 35 and Tank Carradine played 23.

* At inside linebacker, Gerald Hodges started the contest but played only 19 snaps. Ray-Ray Armstrong, who entered in passing situations, played 42 snaps and had an interception in the third quarter. Michael Wilhoite and Nicke Bellore played only on special teams.

* The 49ers used two looks for their nickel packages. One involved sending in an extra safety, Jaquiski Tartt, which allowed Eric Reid to play along the line of scrimmage. Tartt played 16 snaps; Reid and Antoine Bethea played all 61. Another look sent Jimmie Ward to nickel from outside cornerback. In those cases, rookie Rashard Robinson played on the outside. He played 25 snaps.

* At wide receiver, all three newcomers got into the action. Jeremy Kerley, who arrived two weeks ago, played 54 snaps on offense (and led all receivers with seven catches) and another 11 on special teams as the 49ers' punt returner. Rod Streater (10) and Chris Harper (2) also played in the game.

Rookie watch:

DL DeForest Buckner: 51 snaps

G Joshua Garnett: healthy scratch

CB Will Redmond: On IR

CB Rashard Robinson: 25 snaps

DL Ronald Blair: 7 snaps

OL John Theus: healthy scratch

OL Fahn Cooper: on practice squad

WR Aaron Burbridge: 3 snaps

RB Kelvin Taylor: on practice squad

CB Prince Charles Iworah: on practice squad

San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid were the only players to kneel during the national anthem Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, before playing the Los Angeles Rams. Four players raised their fists during the ceremony: 49ers Eli Harold and Ant

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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