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49ers snaps: Busy day for Jimmie Ward; light outing for Bush, Armstead, others

Jimmie Ward, the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2014, had his busiest game of the season on Sunday as he was matched against the Packers’ slot receivers. On this play his opponent was Randall Cobb.
Jimmie Ward, the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2014, had his busiest game of the season on Sunday as he was matched against the Packers’ slot receivers. On this play his opponent was Randall Cobb. The Bee

Here are some of the more interesting snap counts from Sunday's game between the 49ers and Packers.

* As expected, the Packers went with three or more receivers for most of the game with the 49ers countering with Jimmie Ward against the slot receiver. Ward had by far his busiest game in playing 62 of 73 snaps or 85 percent of the plays. Aaron Rodgers picked on him during the opening drive but Ward recovered from that point. He was credited with two tackles and one pass defensed. Ward’s prolific game meant that cornerback Dontae Johnson, one of the few who played well in Arizona, did not play a single snap on defense. He did play 19 snaps on special teams and recovered the ball on a botched punt return.

* Cornerback Keith Reaser saw the most action of his career. He was in on eight snaps, lining up in place of linebacker Michael Wilhoite. He made an excellent tackle on Ty Montgomery in which he sifted through traffic to stop the receiver after a short gain. Safety Jaquiski Tartt played just seven snaps.

* A bit of a surprise: After a solid outing against Arizona, Arik Armstead played only 11 snaps. That's a season low for him despite the fact that the Packers were in pass mode for most of the game and despite them running 73 plays, which is the most the 49ers defense has been on the field. Pro Football Focus gave Armstead a +1.1 pass rush grade with two hurries in his eight pass rushes Glenn Dorsey played 45 snaps, Quinton Dial 37, Ian Williams 28, Tank Carradine 20 and Tony Jerod-Eddie 16.

* Dial was wearing a brace on his left arm. He said he hyper-extended his elbow against Arizona. He was not on the 49ers' injury report during the week.

* At outside linebacker, Ahmad Brooks played 61 snaps and Aaron Lynch played 59. Both feasted at times on Packers backup right tackle Don Barclay. Corey Lemonier played 20 snaps while rookie Eli Harold played seven.

* Who is the team's best tight end? It very well may be Garrett Celek. With Vernon Davis out of the game, Celek played 40 of the offense's 50 snaps. Vance McDonald had 20 snaps and rookie Blake Bell played nine snaps. Fullback Bruce Miller also played nine snaps.

* Reggie Bush's first full game as a 49er was ... not memorable. He played just 13 snaps, carried the ball once for no gain and caught one pass for six yards. The catch came on third and 8. For the first time this season, Jarryd Hayne didn't play any snaps on offense. He played seven on special teams.

* At receiver, Quinton Patton played 24 snaps; Bruce Ellington played three, all at game’s end when Patton was being checked for a concussion.

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

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