Play time: James keeps Gore fresh

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Play time: James keeps Gore fresh

Running back Frank Gore played 87 percent of the snaps in a game last week that was not decided until the final 26 seconds of overtime against the St. Louis Rams.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman later said Gore's workload was too much.

On Sunday, the 49ers found some rest for Gore by mixing in rookie LaMichael James, who played 15 snaps in the 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park.

"Our offensive coordinator G-Ro did a great job of putting him in a great situation in what he's used to doing in college," Gore said. "And he kept me fresh."

James carried eight times for 30 yards. He also caught one pass for 15 yards. And he clearly earned the right to move forward as the 49ers' No. 2 running back, replacing Kendall Hunter, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury.

First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins played eight snaps in the game as the 49ers' third receiver. Jenkins did not see any passes thrown his way. Ted Ginn opened the game in two-receiver sets, along with Michael Crabtree, but he ended up playing only four snaps.

Delanie Walker, the 49ers' No. 2 tight end, and wide receiver Randy Moss saw their greatest share of play time this season with Mario Manningham out with a shoulder injury. Walker played 70 percent of the time, while Moss was on the field for 51 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps.

Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
57 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis, QB Colin Kaepernick
43 (75%) -- WR Michael Crabtree
40 (70%) -- TE Delanie Walker
39 (68%) -- RB Frank Gore
29 (51%) -- FB Bruce Miller, WR Randy Moss
15 (26%) -- RB LaMichael James
10 (18%) -- FB Will Tukuafu
8 (14%) -- WR A.J. Jenkins
4 (7%) -- WR Ted Ginn
3 (5%) -- TE Garrett Celek, RB Anthony Dixon, OL Leonard Davis
2 (4%) -- OL Daniel Kilgore

Defensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
61 (100%) -- LB Patrick Willis, S Dashon Goldson, CB Tarell Brown, LB NaVorro Bowman, CB Carlos Rogers, S Donte Whitner
59 (97%) -- OLB Aldon Smith, OLB Ahmad Brooks, DT Ray McDonald
53 (87%) -- DT Justin Smith
43 (70%) -- CB Chris Culliver
15 (25%) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
8 (13%) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
3 (5%) -- DT Demarcus Dobbs
2 (3%) -- CB Perrish Cox, OLB Clark Haggans, DT Will Tukuafu

Special teams
15 (62%) -- Will Tukuafu, Tramaine Brock, Darcel McBath
14 (58%) -- Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite
13 (54%) -- Bruce Miller
12 (50%) -- Larry Grant
10 (42%) -- David Akers, Garrett Celek
9 (38%) -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings
7 (29%) -- Daniel Kilgore, Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, Demarcus Dobbs
6 (35%) -- Tavares Gooden
5 (21%) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Tarell Brown, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Ricky Jean Francois
4 (17%) -- LaMichael James, Delanie Walker, Leonard Davis, NaVorro Bowman, Perrish Cox
3 (12%) -- Isaac Sopoaga
2 (8%) -- Ted Ginn

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”

Source: Kaepernick visits 49ers headquarters

Source: Kaepernick visits 49ers headquarters

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faces an uncertain future with the 49ers, visited team headquarters in Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, according to a league source.

Kaepernick was likely there to meet with 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan for the first time since they were hired to replace Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly.

On Feb. 9, Lynch said Kaepernick “reached out” to him shortly after he was hired as general manager. Lynch said he and Kaepernick planned on meeting in the near future.

Earlier this week, Lynch said he would have open and honest communication with Kaepernick about the club’s plan at the quarterback position.

“The one thing we will do very well with Kap is we’ll communicate,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”

Kaepernick and the 49ers agreed to a restructured contract in October. The sides tore up the final four years of Kaepernick’s contract and replaced it with a deal that enables Kaepernick to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Kaepernick's non-guaranteed scheduled pay is $14.9 million for the 2017 season.

Kaepernick does not currently have agent representation, according to the NFL Players Association.

He started 11 games last season after replacing Blaine Gabbert in the starting lineup and bounced back with a solid statistical season. Kaepernick threw 16 touchdown passes and just four interceptions for a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards and a career-best 6.8-yards per carry.