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49ers snap counts: Torrey Smith ailing; Kilgore gets most center snaps

Torrey Smith suffered back cramps in Sunday’s game and ended up playing fewer than half the 49ers’ offensive snaps.
Torrey Smith suffered back cramps in Sunday’s game and ended up playing fewer than half the 49ers’ offensive snaps. The Bee

CLEVELAND -- Here are some of the more interesting snap-count totals in the 49ers' 24-10 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Torrey Smith made his 77th consecutive start Sunday, but the 49ers receiver, who was dealing with a toe injury and back cramps, played only 27 of the team's 56 offensive snaps (48 percent) and finished with one catch for 17 yards. Quinton Patton played 32 snaps, Bruce Ellington 19 and Jerome Simpson, who had the 49ers’ lone touchdown, played 13 snaps. Anquan Boldin, who started along with Smith, played 50 snaps (89 percent). Blaine Gabbert's nine sacks were a combination of several factors as high-sack games always are. One of them is that he was hesitant to throw the ball down field, perhaps because his receivers weren't always open.

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The Bruce Miller Effect was in full effect Sunday. The 49ers fullback played just 13 snaps or 23 percent of the total. The BME states that the 49ers usually win when he plays roughly 40 percent of the snaps, which was the case last week. The 49ers' first five plays were passes and the pass-run ratio was 28-17.

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Daniel Kilgore ended up taking more snaps at center, 42, than Marcus Martin, who started the game there. Martin had to shift to left guard after Alex Boone suffered a knee injury. Boone will get an MRI today.

At tight end, Blake Bell played 100 percent of the snaps and finished with three catches for 49 yards, including a 24-yard catch and run that was the longest play of the game for the 49ers. Newcomer Brian Leonhardt played 14 snaps and had one catch for four yards.

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On defense, Corey Lemonier got the lion's share of the snaps that would have gone to Aaron Lynch (concussion). Lemonier played 56 of the team's 78 defensive snaps (72 percent) and finished with two tackles and a quarterback hit. He would have had his first sack of the year -- and a safety -- in the second quarter had he avoided Johnny Manziel's facemask. Eli Harold played 29 snaps (37 percent) while Tank Carradine played 12 snaps (15 percent), most of them as an edge rusher from the right side. Carradine had three tackles despite his limited action.

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Jimmie Ward suffered an elbow injury in the second half and played 43 snaps. Dontae Johnson was in for seven snaps in the nickel defense while Marcus Cromartie played three snaps and Keith Reaser played one.

At linebacker, Gerald Hodges made his first start for the 49ers and played 71 snaps (91 percent). NaVorro Bowman, Eric Reid, Jaquiski Tartt and Tramaine Brock played all 78 snaps.

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Quinton Dial had a strong game, finishing with four tackles -- one of them for a loss -- as well as one of the 49ers' only two sacks. Still he played only 41 snaps. Ian Williams (48) and Mike Purcell (48) played more. Arik Armstead recorded the other sack and also had three tackles. He played 35 snaps (45 percent).

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Phil Dawson played three snaps in his return to Cleveland: an extra point, a field goal and an onside kick.

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

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