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August 26, 2013
Snap count underscores 49ers WR pecking order

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Here's how the snaps were divided among the 49ers receivers Sunday evening, suggesting it's not much of a guess as far as the top five or six players on the depth chart.

Marlon Moore: 29
Quinton Patton: 29
Jon Baldwin: 23
Chad Hall: 20
Anquan Boldin: 14
Chuck Jacobs: 12
Lavelle Hawkins: 6
Kassim Osgood: 5

Collie has received a lot of attention since the 49ers signed him Aug. 2. After all, he's a local boy (El Dorado Hills) who was part of an excellent offense in Indianapolis and who is unique among the 49ers backups for his experience. However, Collie continues to work with the scout-team offense in practice and enters the games late with the rest of the reserves. He didn't see his first snap until 20 minutes remained in the third quarter Sunday; his only catch came in the fourth. That suggests coaches don't see him making the squad.

The bigger question is Hall, who has been the 49ers' star pupil since the offseason program began. Hall has been a practice favorite, and while he hasn't started any games, he's entered in the first quarter, often in three-receiver routes. He would seem to be the team's sixth receiver in the coaches' hierarchy behind Boldin, Moore, Kyle Williams, Patton and Baldwin. If they keep five, however, Hall does not have practice-squad eligibility.

Osgood also is interesting. He played 12 snaps on special teams but only five on offense. Could he be one of the two or three players who wins a roster spot based solely on his special teams ability?

As far as the practice squad, my sense is Jacobs is the in-house leader. (The 49ers already know what they have in Ricardo Lockette, who also is eligible). But I think they'll scan the waiver wires for a young receiver they think might be able to be developed.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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