NFL Notes: 49ers, Bills, Texans


Last year, the 49ers played DT DeForest Buckner nearly 1,000 snaps, but new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh explained that he plans to reduce Buckner’s workload down to around 500-600 snaps in 2017.

“When you look at a guy like (DeForest) Buckner last year having played almost 1,000 snaps — in my mind, that’s criminal,” Robert Saleh said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “Ideally, all of them are working about 500, 600 snaps and trying to utilize everything they’ve got every snap that they’re on the football field.

49ers DL coach Jeff Zgonina added that they prefer to have players fresh and not overworking guys, especially rookies.

“I believe in fresh bodies all the time,” Barrows said. “I don’t like to see a guy play over a thousand snaps in a season like he did last year. Especially with a rookie – that’s a lot of snaps.”

As for newly signed DE Elvis Dumervil, Saleh would like to feature him in passing situations.

For him, if you were going to pinpoint it, if he had 450 snaps on the year, you’d hope it was 90 percent pass,” Saleh said.


Bills HC Sean McDermott says he’s been impressed by the leadership displayed from QB Tyrod Taylor during offseason workouts.

I’ve really been impressed with the leadership,” Taylor displayed, “the intangible qualities that are inherent or must be inherent to that quarterback position,” McDermott said, via the Buffalo News. “I’ve watched him develop in those areas and that’s important as we look to move forward. There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games, and I think he’s done a nice job in that area.


Texans third-round RB D’Onta Foreman said he would like to lose some weight before the start of training camp.

“That’s one of the things I want to do is try to tighten up a little bit more,” Foreman said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Every day we were off, I was in there running and getting extra conditioning in. I think it’s going good.

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