A.J. Jenkins San Francisco 49ers preseasonAfter just about every 49ers (and Raiders) game, I pour over Pro Football Focus‘ game charting stats. It is something of a religious experience for me. You know, uncovering hidden truths, finding reasons for catastrophe and good fortune. Doing so often puts me in an almost meditative state, really. Unlike real meditation, however, these stats rarely lead to any self-actualization. Instead, I mostly feel dirty afterwards, particularly after I realize how many hours were spent looking into Kenny Wiggins’ pass block efficiency.

In any case, I’ve provided the offensive stats below, from which you’re free to analyze and hypothesize. I’ll provide the defensive stats in a later post.



  • Colin Kaepernick dropped back to pass five times, attempting and completing four passes for 38 yards. 26 of those yards came in the air — that’s 68.4% of his total yards.
    • Kaepernick was pressured twice, throwing once for a 12-yard completion. He scrambled for six yards and a first down on the other.
    • He had an average of 3.08 seconds to throw the ball.
  • Colt McCoy dropped back seven times, completing three passes on seven attempts for 41 yards and an interception.
    • Only 39% of McCoy’s total yardage was gained in air — the lowest among 49ers’ quarterbacks.
    • McCoy was pressured on three of his drop-backs and attempted three passes, none of which went for completion. His interception came as the result of one pressure.
    • McCoy’s average time to throw was 3.29 — the highest among the quarterbacks.
  • Scott Tolzien dropped back 30 times, completing 15-of-26 attempts for 158 yards and one interception. 
    • 60.8% of his total yardage came in the air. 
    • With drops and throw aways accounted for, Tolzien actually completed 83.3% of his passes.
      • He threw the ball away twice and had five passes dropped.
    • Tolzien was blitzed on 11 of his drop-backs, though only pressured on eight. These pressures accounted for two sacks and one throw away on four total attempts.
      • In total, when blitzed, Tolzien attempted nine passes, connecting on seven of them for 79 yards.
    • Tolzien’s average time to throw was 2.48 — the lowest among the quarterbacks.

Running Backs

  • LaMichael James gained 27 yards on eight carries, 19 of which came when running behind Joe Staley and Mike Iupati.
    • He averaged just .50 yards per carry after contact and broke one tackle.
    • He was not asked to pass protect; instead, on passing plays, James was utilized as a receiver. He ran six routes in total.
  • Anthony Dixon also gained 27 yards, but only seven carries. All of his carries were directed toward the right-side of the line.
    • He broke three tackles in total, two of which came while rushing. He averaged two yards per carry after contact.
    • Dixon broke out into a pass route on 20 plays. He was targeted four times, catching three of them for 18 yards. 
      • He was asked to pass block on four snaps, allowing a hurry on one of them.
  • D.J. Harper rushed twice for minus-six yards and a fumble.
    • He broke out into a pass route eight times, earning one target, which he caught for a three-yard gain.
    • He was asked to pass block on four plays and didn’t allow a pressure.

Wide Receiver

  • Anquan Boldin played 13 snaps, five of which were passing plays. He earned two targets on those five routes, both of which went for receptions.
    • Three of his five total pass plays were ran from the slot.
  • A.J. Jenkins played the most snaps of any receiver (39). And yet, he was only targeted three times. He caught one and fumbled subsequently fumbled.
  • Marlon Moore started the game, but only saw nine total snaps.
    • He was targeted once, which he caught for a 12-yard gain.
  • Kassim Osgood may have had the best game of all the receivers, catching three passes on four targets.
    • He played a total of 16 snaps.
  • Chad Hall also had four targets, but he was only able to haul in two of them for 20 yards.
    • Hall played a total of 30 snaps.
    • He ran 19 total routes, 12 of which came from the slot.
      • All four of his targets came while running out of the slot.
  • Chuck Jacobs played 25 snaps, the third most behind Jenkins and Hall.
    • He was targeted three times, catching two of them for 27 yards.
  • Austin Collie played 15 snaps.
    • He was targeted twice, both of which went for receptions.
    • He ran 11 of his 12 total routes from the slot.
      • Both targets came while running out of the slot.
  • Lavelle Hawkins played six snaps, earning targets on two of them.
    • He dropped both passes.
  • Ricardo Lockette played 16 snaps, but did not earn a target.

Tight End

  • Vernon Davis was targeted only once, which he caught for a 12-yard gain.
    • He ran routes on a total of five plays, two of which came while lined up in the slot.
    • Davis was not used to pass block at all.
  • Vance McDonald was targeted eight times, catching four passes for 66 yards.
    • He lined up in the slot seven times, earning two receptions on as many targets.
    • His longest receptions (21 yards) came when covered by Quentin Jammer, a corner/safety.
    • McDonald also had three drops.
    • He was used in pass protection on two plays, allowing a pressure on one
  • Garrett Celek played 16 snaps. He was not targeted at all.
  • MarQueis Gray played four snaps. He was not targeted either, though he did line up in the slot once.

Offensive Line

  • The 49ers offensive line allowed eight pressures, four hits, and one sack.
    • Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, and Anthony Davis were all credited with one hurry.
    • Patrick Omameh surrendered one sack, three hits and one hurry.
    • Carter Bykowski allowed a hit and a hurry.
    • Al Netter allowed two hits.