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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers unsuccessfully tried more multi-receiver formations on Thursday night instead of sticking with two-back sets featuring fullback Bruce Miller on Thursday night.
Miller played just nine of the 49ers’ 58 offensive snaps (16 percent), as the 49ers fell behind and abandoned their power-running game without backup tight ends Vance McDonald (back) and Derek Carrier (foot) available.
Meanwhile, four wide receivers – Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd – each played at least 30 snaps. The 49ers lined up with three wide receivers more than 60-percent of the time, while featuring two backs and two tight ends just once.
On the other side of the ball, reserve Tony Jerod-Eddie played more than any of the 49ers’ other defensive linemen with 45 snaps. Ray McDonald was limited to just 21 snaps as he missed extended time in the first half with an finger injury.
Rookie outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who is tied for the team-lead with five quarterback sacks, played just 17 of the 49ers’ 65 defensive snaps.
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Here’s a look at how much action every 49ers player saw:
OFFENSE (58 snaps)
Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick 58.
Running back: Frank Gore 36, Carlos Hyde 17.
Fullback: Bruce Miller 9.
Wide receiver: Anquan Boldin 57, Michael Crabtree 36, Stevie Johnson 33, Brandon Lloyd 30, Kassim Osgood 1.
Tight end: Vernon Davis 58, Garrett Celek 13.
Offensive line: Joe Staley 58, Alex Boone 58, Jonathan Martin 58, Marcus Martin 58, Mike Iupati 55, Joe Looney 3.
DEFENSE (65 snaps)
Defensive line: Tony Jerod-Eddie 45, Quinton Dial 43, Justin Smith 40, Tank Carradine 28, Ray McDonald 21.
Outside linebacker: Aldon Smith 52, Ahmad Brooks 42, Dan Skuta 19, Aaron Lynch 17.
Inside linebacker: Michael Wilhoite 63, Chris Borland 62.
Cornerback: Perrish Cox 64, Chris Culliver 62, Dontae Johnson 26.
Safety: Antoine Bethea 65, Eric Reid 61, Craig Dahl 5.
Dahl 23, Corey Lemonier 23, Osgood 18, Skuta 18, Johnson 15, Ventrone 12, Nick Moody 12, L.J. McCray 11, Wilhoite 11, Jerod-Eddie 11, Cox 9, Miller 8, Kyle Nelson 7, Andy Lee 7, Looney 7, Celek 7, Alfonso Smith 6, Leon McFadden 6, Borland 6, Reid 6, Hyde 6, Lynch 5, A.Smith 5, Dial 5, Carradine 5, R.McDonald 4, Phil Dawson 3, Asante Cleveland 1, J.Smith 1, Staley, 1, Boone 1, J.Martin 1, M.Martin 1, Iupati 1.
DID NOT PLAY
QB Blaine Gabbert, OL Dillon Farrell.
QB Josh Johnson, WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), WR Quinton Patton, CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), RT Anthony Davis (concussion), TE Vance McDonald (hip), NT Glenn Dorsey (forearm).