The San Francisco 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a potentially devastating knee injury in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs Cheap San Francisco 49ers Hats
, but that was also just one of several notable injuries on both sides of the roster. It reflects extensive in the latest snap count, which is posted below. You can also view the gamebook PDF.The big change obviously was Garoppolo. He went down with a knee injury on what would prove to be the penultimate offensive snap of the game. C.J. Beathard came on for a snap and appeared to throw a touchdown pass to George Kittle. An offensive pass interference call negated it, and while Beathard did not get a pass attempt out of it, he did get the snap.A second problem was in the secondary. Adrian Colbert injured his hip and Richard Sherman injured his calf, and neither returned. Colbert was replaced by D.J. Reed, while Richard Sherman was replaced by Ahkello Witherspoon — Jimmie Ward had started in place of Witherspoon. Of course, Ward then suffered an injury of his own (cramping) and was replaced by Tarvarius Moore. At one point, the 49ers starting secondary was Moore, Witherspoon Cheap San Francisco 49ers Hoodie
, Reed, and Antone Exum (starting in place of an inactive Jaquiski Tartt).Sherman is getting an MRI on his calf, and that can be a tricky injury. He had some issues with his heel earlier in the week, and it would not be surprising if this calf injury is related. We’ll find out more with the MRI, but there is a good chance the 49ers will be going further down the depth chart at cornerback.There is some notable non-injury news. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, signed a year and a half ago, finally made his debut for the 49ers. The team went with a new look, playing Smith at SAM over Mark Nzeocha. Smith handled the SAM role exclusively, while Nzeocha was relegated to strictly special teams work. Reuben Foster left the game for one snap when he got the wind knocked out of him Cheap Custom San Francisco 49ers Jerseys
, but otherwise, he and Fred Warner were the exclusive starting LB tandem in sub packages.49ers snap count vs. Chiefs, Week 3PlayerOffenseDefenseSTPlayerOffenseDefenseSTThe 49ers offensive line is on a roll The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of issues right now, but there are some positives to take away from what is looking like a potential lost season. Most notably, the offensive line is starting to come together. There are still mistakes to clean up, but it’s hard not to like where this unit is headed.Pro Football Focus released their weekly offensive line rankings heading into Week 6, and they rank the 49ers No. 5 overall. PFF focused on Mike McGlinchey in this week’s comments, which makes sense. He has allowed only three hurries the past two weeks, and is the top ranked run-blocking tackle in the league (total Nick Mullens 49ers Jersey
, not just rookies). He’s on pace to earn a spot on the NFL’s all-rookie team, and is putting together a strong season regardless of rookie status.McGlinchey aside, the line as a whole has been doing strong work in run blocking, and is improving in pass blocking. ESPN’s NFL matchup offered up this stat, showing teams ranked based on how many rushing yards they accumulate before first contact with the defense. The 49ers rank fourth in total yards and sixth in yards per rush before first contact.Pro Football Focus offered another take on it, specific to Matt Breida. According to PFF, Breida has gained 93.8 percent of his 369 rushing yards on carries he’s been first contacted 2+ yards beyond the LOS. That’s not to entirely take away from what Breida has done. Per ESPN’s NFL Matchup, he ranks ninth in the league in yards per carry after first contact. That would suggest Breida is playing behind a strong run-blocking offensive line, but he is also proving elusive in the open field.The pass blocking had its share of issues earlier in the season Nick Mullens Jersey
, but the unit seems to be coming together the past couple weeks. Pro Football Focus ranks the 49ers offensive line No. 23 in pass blocking efficiency. However, if we narrow that to Weeks 3-5, they rank No. 10 overall.The 49ers have a lot of work to do with Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined, but it is a plus seeing the offensive line starting to gel. It won’t fix all of the woes the 49ers currently face, but it’s a silver lining in an ugly season.If you’re looking for a fun afternoon distraction, click on this tweet to see a thread of fun blocking from Laken Tomlinson and George Kittle.