49ers snap count: George Kittle produces big results in limited time

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49ers snap count: Kittle produces big results in limited time originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Kyle Shanahan suggested he had a number in mind for how many plays 49ers tight end George Kittle would be on the field in his return.

But Shanahan did not want to divulge his plan because -- as everyone knows -- things can change and he did not want to be held to a certain number.

But if the number he had in mind was 50 percent of the team’s snaps, Shanahan nailed it in the 49ers’ 20-12 upset victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Kittle played 28 of the 49ers’ 56 offensive plays. He was the game’s leading receiver with 92 yards on four catches.

“The game was moving pretty fast out there the first half,” Kittle said. “It slowed a little in the second half, sort of got a feel for it. I only had about 10 plays so I was able to let rip in the second half and it was fun to be out there.” 

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Backup tight end Ross Dwelley played 26 snaps, while Jordan Reed and Daniel Helm checked in with 10 and seven snaps, respectively.

Here’s how much each of the 49ers played Saturday on offense, defense and special teams.

Offense

Quarterback: C.J. Beathard 56

Running back: Jeff Wilson 39, Kyle Juszczyk 30, Jerick McKinnon 10, Tevin Coleman 7

Wide receiver: Brandon Aiyuk 52, Richie James 51, Kendrick Bourne 19, River Cracraft 1

Tight end: George Kittle 28, Ross Dwelley 26, Jordan Reed 10, Daniel Helm 7

Offensive line: Mike McGlinchey 56, Daniel Brunskill 56, Laken Tomlinson 56, Trent Williams 56, Justin Skule 29, Colton McKivitz 27

Defense

Defensive line: Kerry Hyder 65, Arik Armstead 61, Jordan Willis 56, Kentavius Street 52, D.J. Jones 41, Alex Barrett 32, Darrion Daniels 22

Linebacker: Fred Warner 82, Dre Greenlaw 80, Azeez Al-Shaair 21

Defensive back: Tarvarius Moore 82, Ahkello Witherspoon 82, Jason Verrett 82, Marcell Harris 73, K’Waun Williams 57, Emmanuel Moseley 10, Dontae Johnson 2, Kai Nacua 2

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Special teams

Johnson 19, Joe Walker 18, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles 17, Mark Nzeocha 16, Cracraft 16, Mitch Wishnowsky 14, Dwelley 14, Al-Shaair 13, M.Harris 12, Nacua 12, Tim Harris 10, Taybor Pepper 10, Armstead 8, McKinnon 7, Coleman 7, Jordan Matthews 6, Robbie Gould 5, Tony Bergstrom 5, Hroniss Grasu 5, McGlinchey 5, Juszczyk 5, Tomlinson 5, McKivitz 5, Moore 5, Skule 4, Helm 4, Hyder 3, Willis 3, Street 3, Jones 2, Witherspoon 2, T.Williams 1, Aiyuk 1, Warner 1, Greenlaw 1

Did not play

QB Josh Rosen

Inactive

WR Matt Cole, WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring), DB Jimmie Ward (concussion), CB Richard Sherman (calf), DL Kevin Givens (excused absence), DL Dion Jordan (knee), DL Javon Kinlaw (knee)