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49ers snap count: Bruce Ellington catches on early against Giants and then disappears

Tight end Garrett Celek (88) celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown catch against the New York Giants during the NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. For the second game in a row, Celek played more snaps (61) than any other 49ers tight end.
Tight end Garrett Celek (88) celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown catch against the New York Giants during the NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. For the second game in a row, Celek played more snaps (61) than any other 49ers tight end. The Associated Press

. Receiver Bruce Ellington jumped out on the 49ers’ opening drive with two catches totaling 39 yards. But then – poof! – he was gone, at least on offense. Those were his only two snaps of the game as a receiver. Quinton Patton played 24 snaps and finished with two catches for six yards.

▪ Jordan Devey and Andrew Tiller ended up splitting the snaps at right guard. Each played 34 of the team’s 68 offensive snaps. Devey started the game but was replaced by Tiller on the third offensive series. Devey, however, wasn’t finished on the night as he was reinserted on drives in the third and fourth quarters. The scouting service Pro Football Focus gave Tiller a plus-1.1 grade for the game; Devey finished with a minus-1.1 mark. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was sacked six times by the Packers in Week 4, was sacked twice by the Giants. The 49ers also gained 124 rushing yards against what was the NFL’s top rushing defense, albeit one that played most of the game without two starting defensive linemen and two starting linebackers.

▪ Like the Packers, the Giants use a lot of three-receiver formations. So it’s not surprising that 49ers nickel cornerback Jimmie Ward had another busy outing. Ward played all but two of the 49ers’ 79 defensive snaps, nearly all of them while lined against the Giants slot receiver, who often was Odell Beckham Jr. Ward finished fourth on the team with eight tackles. NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite tied for the team lead with 16 tackles.

▪ Corey Lemonier started at outside linebacker in place of bereaving Ahmad Brooks. However, rookie Eli Harold ended up playing more snaps than Lemonier – 33 to 29. In fact, Tony Jerod-Eddie had more total snaps than Lemonier, 31, with a number of them coming at outside linebacker instead of his usual defensive tackle/end spot. Of that group, Jerod-Eddie is the only one who ended up on the stat sheet. He had one quarterback hit. None of the three players was credited with a tackle.

▪ The 49ers did not record a sack against Eli Manning. However, they did get seven quarterback hits. Aaron Lynch was credited with five while Jerod-Eddie and Glenn Dorsey had one each.

▪ For the second consecutive game, the 49ers’ most indispensable tight end was Garrett Celek. He played 61 snaps while Vance McDonald played 33 snaps and Blake Bell had 12. All three were on the field for the 49ers’ first snap from scrimmage. Celek finished with three catches for 26 yards, McDonald had two for nine yards and Bell had one catch for six yards. Fullback Bruce Miller had his biggest outing of the season; he played 29 snaps and had two catches for 23 yards.

▪ With Reggie Bush dealing with another calf strain, rookie Jarryd Hayne took three snaps at running back in the second half. His nine-yard run on third-and-one was his longest so far. Mike Davis was inactive Sunday but likely will be back in uniform against the Ravens due to Bush’s reoccurring injury.

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

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