49ers camp report: Suddenly, an abundance of wideouts

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49ers camp report: Suddenly, an abundance of wideouts
August 4, 2013, 3:30 pm
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The 49ers signed wide receiver Austin Collie on Friday, but he hasn't been able to get many 11-on-11 reps over two practices. (AP)

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Practice summary: Two days ago, the 49ers had just five healthy wide receivers.

Then, the club signed veterans Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins. On Sunday morning when the 49ers returned to practice after a day off, there were 12 wideouts on the field.

A.J. Jenkins, Kyle Williams, Kassim Osgood and Ricardo Lockette returned to practice after missing time last week due to injuries. Jenkins, who returned to drills for the first time since Tuesday, had his most productive day of camp.

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"He was slowed by not practicing and he needs reps," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of Jenkins, the team's first-round draft pick in 2012. "I'm looking forward to him getting those this week and in the ballgame (Thursday), as well. He needs play time."


Jenkins caught three passes in competitive 11-on-11 drills. He also caught a 50-yarder late in practice but that came against a "scout team" look and the defense offered only token resistance.

Williams did not get a lot of reps, but he did make a tremendous diving catch on a deep out as he returned to the practice field for the first time in a week. Rookie Quinton Patton (middle finger on left hand) is still unable to catch passes.

Newcomers Hawkins and Collie saw limited practice time as they try to get familiar with the 49ers' new iPad playbooks.

[REWIND: New wide receivers see limited work]

For the first time in training camp, tight end Vernon Davis was seen with the wide receivers against the cornerbacks in one-on-one drills. Davis was matched against Tramaine Brock, who had good coverage. However, Colin Kaepernick made a back-shoulder throw on which Davis turned and made a remarkable one-handed catch.


Davis appeared to sustain a minor foot or ankle injury on a running play. He sat out the final 35 minutes of practice.

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Offensive play of the day: Charly Martin, who faces an uphill climb to win a roster spot as one of 14 wide receivers on the 49ers' 90-man roster, made the play of the game when he wrestled a Colt McCoy pass away from starting cornerback Carlos Rogers for an 18-yard gain. The play along the right sideline came during an end-of-game scenario and set up Phil Dawson's 41-yard field goal.

Defensive play of the day: Brock opened the 2011 season as the 49ers' third cornerback. He has been back in that role since Chris Culliver's season-ending ACL tear. And Brock made the best defensive play of the day when he timed his break perfectly to intercept a McCoy pass intended for Chad Hall along the right sideline. Brock picked it up and had clear sailing all the way into the end zone.

Other highlights: Kaepernick attempted a deep route to TE Garrett Celek on which rookie CB Marcus Cooper and FS Trenton Robinson both made a play on the ball and collided in mid-air. Both players got up slowly but returned to action to finish practice. . . FS Michael Thomas stripped RB LaMichael James of the football in 11-on-11 work, scooped up the ball and returned it for a touchdown. . . ILB Michael Wilhoite intercepted a Kaepernick pass on TE Vance McDonald's intermediate crossing route. . . Marlon Moore caught a deep out and a seam route against Brock's coverage. . . Pass protection was a mixed bag for TE Vance McDonald, who held up well against OLB Dan Skuta on one play but was beaten badly by Aldon Smith a short time later. . . Aldon Smith, returning after missing a couple days with an undisclosed injury, had a particularly strong showing.


Rookie report: FS Eric Reid worked with the first-team defense on Sunday. Through the first eight practices of camp, Craig Dahl and C.J. Spillman lined up with Donte Whitner. It is all part of the 49ers' planned competition at safety. . . ILB Travis Johnson, who was a pass-rusher at San Jose State, was surprisingly good in coverage. He broke up a Kaepernick pass for McDonald on a deep seam route. He also defended a Kaepernick pass for Celek in the end zone during a late-game situation drill.

Roll call
New injuries: LT Joe Staley (undisclosed)
Returning from injuries: Williams (hamstring), Jenkins (hamstring), Osgood (hamstring), Lockette (hip), OLB Aldon Smith (undisclosed), ILB NaVorro Bowman (groin)
Still sidelined:CB Chris Culliver (torn ACL), LB Patrick Willis (broken right hand), C Jonathan Goodwin (undisclosed), DL Justin Smith (finger)
Physically unable to perform list: WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles), RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles), WR Mario Manningham (knee). Hunter continued his rehab as he ran sprints while pulling a heavy chain.
Non-football injury list: RB Marcus Lattimore (knee), DE Tank Carradine (knee), DT Quinton Dial (toe) and OT Luke Marquardt (foot)


Quote of the day: "Oh, yeah, most definitely -- numerous times. But something I never do is quit. I struggled with it. That's a fact. But I never held my head low and said, 'I want to quit doing it.' It's something I wanted to go out and get better at and do each and every day."
--LaMichael James on whether he got frustrated during the exhibition season last year after mishandling four punts in four games

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