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In 2011, Ricardo Lockette appeared in two games for Seattle and caught two passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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Practice summary: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who had not made many plays since the opening of training camp, had his strongest day to highlight the 49ers' first non-padded practice in more than a week.
Lockette (rhymes with rocket) hadn't received many opportunities to prove himself in the first 10 practices of training camp. He had been nursing a right hip pointer, too. But he showed up in a big way on Tuesday. Lockette caught six passes in 11-on-11 drills. Three of his receptions were spectacular.
The 49ers' first-team offensive line consisted of Adam Snyder at left guard and Daniel Kilgore at center. Mike Iupati watched from the sideline. He sustained a minor knee injury two days ago but practiced Monday. Jonathan Goodwin has not practiced fully since July 28.
Running back Frank Gore saw all of his action Tuesday with the scout team, a possible sign he will not suit for the team's exhibition opener Thursday against the Denver Broncos.
Offensive play of the day: Lockette was matched on the left side against starting cornerback Tarell Brown. Quarterback Scott Tolzien fired a 30-yard pass down the sideline that Lockette used every inch of his 6-foot-2 frame to reach over Brown to secure the catch with his finger tips.
Defensive play of the day: Undrafted rookie cornerback Lowell Rose, who dropped an easy interception earlier in practice, had good coverage against Austin Collie to pick off Tolzien to end a end-of-game situational drill at the goal line.
Worth noting: The 49ers had their first practice with a new scoreboard on the south-end of the field to practice situational drills. . . CB Nnamdi Asomugha broke up a B.J. Daniels pass intended for Lockette. On the next play, Asomugha got his hands on Lockette to re-route him and force Daniels to look another way. . . CB Tramaine Brock broke up back-to-back passes from Daniels and Tolzien on passes intended for Chuck Jacobs and Lockette. . . It was mostly a good day for A.J. Jenkins, who caught five passes in team drills. But he dropped one pass at the beginning of 11-on-11 work. . . Daniels and Lockette teamed up for one of the nicer plays, when Daniels threw a deep route in the middle of the field between LBs NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite and safeties Donte Whitner and Craig Dahl for a completion. . . Lockette also had another nice reception against Brown's coverage. . . TE Vernon Davis, who's had a strong training camp, dropped a 13-yard dart from Colin Kaepernick in the end zone to open a 7-on-7 session. . . Lavelle Hawkins worked on kickoff returns. . . Austin Collie caught two passes in 7-on-7. He added another couple catches in team drills, but he also had a dropped pass, prompting him to jump in the air and yell in disgust. . . Jacobs made a nice catch of a back-shoulder throw for a touchdown from McCoy against Brock in 7-on-7.
Special visitor: Coach Jim Harbaugh was introduced during practice to Aaron Hern, the 12-year-old Martinez boy who suffered deep shrapnel wounds to his thigh in the Boston Marathan bombing. Harbaugh spent several minutes speaking with Hern and his family on the sideline while the 49ers practiced field goals.
Heads up: FB Bruce Miller made the smartest play of the day during a late-game situational drill. The offense began at the 40-yard line with one minute on the clock and no timeouts. The 49ers got to the 11-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. McCoy threw a pass well short of the goal line to Miller in the middle of the field. Miller batted down the easy pass to stop the clock and give the offense another shot with 3.7 seconds remaining. It didn't matter, though, as McCoy's final pass attempt in the end zone to Vance McDonald was overthrown.
Willis watches: LB Patrick Willis, who is expected to be ready for the regular season opener Sept. 8, watched practice with his right hand in a sling-like support. Willis sustained a broken right hand on July 31, and underwent surgery to have pins inserted.
New injuries: LG Mike Iupati (knee).
Returning from injuries: DE Justin Smith (finger)
Still sidelined: CB Chris Culliver (torn ACL), LB Patrick Willis (broken right hand), C Jonathan Goodwin (undisclosed). Goodwin was in uniform, wearing a non-contact jersey, but did not participate in drills.
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)
Roster moves: The 49ers re-signed undrafted rookie P Colton Schmidt (UC Davis) and waived WR Charly Martin.
Quote of the day: "He's a kid with a bunch of energy. Every day he comes in with a smile on his face and comes in with high energy, willing to learn. Even though he hasn't been able to catch the ball, he's been able to go in and go against the defense. It's good for him to be in there."
--49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin on rookie Quinton Patton