49ers Snap Count: Week 10 at Arizona Cardinals

It's time for our weekly look at the snap count totals for the San Francisco 49ers. Here are some playing-time observations from the team's Week 10 road loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Below is a list of reps for each player, broken down by phase of the game.

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Takeaways:

  • Pierre Garçon (shoulder) returned to action after missing two games. San Francisco's starting running back played 42 snaps (67 percent) and didn't appear to be on a rep count.
  • Wide receiver Chris Harper, who was just called up from the practice squad last week, saw 17 snaps against the Cardinals. That was more than both Rod Streater (nine reps) and Aaron Burbridge (one rep).
  • The 49ers used more three receiver sets against Arizona after using two tight ends for much of their Week 9 game versus the New Orleans Saints. Jeremy Kerley saw his playing time jump from 75 percent to 81 percent. Garrett Celek went from 50 percent to 32 percent. Those aren't numbers that speak to a change in the depth chart, but rather a gameplan that varies week-to-week based on the opponent.
  • San Francisco's starting secondary of Jimmie Ward, Tramaine Brock, Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid played all 79 defensive snaps. Those four continue to be cornerstones for the 49ers defense.
  • DeForest Buckner doesn't appear to be hitting any rookie wall. The team's first-round pick played 77 snaps, easily the most of any 49ers defensive lineman. The next closest was Quinton Dial, who played 46 snaps. Glenn Dorsey also chipped in with in 43 reps.
  • Ronald Blair III was one of the benefactors of Arik Armstead's absence. The rookie's 30 reps were a new career high.
  • Shayne Skov saw his first defensive snaps of the season as the linebacker saw four reps in the second half.
  • Blake Bell, Shaun Draughn, Marcus Cromartie, JaCorey Shepherd, Mike Purcell and Andrew Tiller all played solely on special teams.
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