San Francisco 49ers

Snap counts: Gore’s meager numbers underscore 49ers personalty switch

Frank Gore played half the 49ers’ snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and had only one carry in the second half despite San Francisco’s eight-point lead at the start of the third quarter. Gore’s relatively small impact in the game underscored how much the team’s offense veered from its usual run-first identity against Arizona.

Gore had played 72 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 1 and 69 percent in Week 2. Against the Cardinals, he rushed six times for 10 yards. Gore never has had fewer than six carries in a game that he started and in which he was not injured.

Fullback Bruce Miller, who had played 40 percent and 36 percent of the snaps in Weeks 1 and 2, was in on 14 percent of the plays Sunday. Derek Carrier was the team’s only healthy tight end but played just 53 percent of the snaps and caught one pass. The other healthy tight end, Asante Cleveland, was in on six special teams plays but played no snaps on offense.

Meanwhile, four receivers – Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd – played more snaps than Gore. Another, Bruce Ellington, played 20 snaps, including two when he lined up as a running back.



Colin Kaepernick: 64 (100 percent)


Frank Gore: 32

Carlos Hyde: 17

Bruce Miller: 9


Anquan Boldin: 61

Michael Crabtree: 53

Brandon Lloyd: 47

Stevie Johnson: 38

Bruce Ellington: 20


Derek Carrier: 34


Joe Staley: 64

Alex Boone: 64

Mike Iupati: 64

Daniel Kilgore: 64

Jonathan Martin: 64

Joe Looney: 7

Dillon Farrell: 2



Patrick Willis: 67 (100 percent)

Michael Wilhoite: 62

Ahmad Brooks: 54

Dan Skuta: 38

Corey Lemonier: 21

Aaron Lynch: 12


Justin Smith: 52

Ray McDonald: 46

Ian Williams: 36

Tony Jerod-Eddie: 24

Demarcus Dobbs: 10

Quinton Dial: 6


Perrish Cox: 67

Chris Culliver: 64

Jimmie Ward: 29

Chris Cook: 15


Antoine Bethea: 67

Eric Reid: 65

Craig Dahl: 1

L.J. McCray: 1

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