49ers get James ready for lefty punter

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49ers get James ready for lefty punter
December 28, 2013, 1:45 pm
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LaMichael James has averaged 10.3 yards on 20 punt returns with 12 fair catches over seven weeks on the job. (USATSI)

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The 49ers held a tryout for a punter on Friday.

No, the 49ers are not dissatisfied with Andy Lee, a three-time Pro Bowl performer who is having another strong season and ranks among the NFL leaders in gross and net punting average.

The 49ers auditioned former LSU punter Brad Wing, a league source said, for the benefit of punt returner LaMichael James.

Wing is a left-footed punter. The 49ers wanted James to prepare to face Arizona's left-footed punter Dave Zastudil by catching punts off the foot of a lefty before Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Zastudil, a 12-year NFL veteran, is having a strong season with a 45.6-yard average, including a net average of 40.3.

James has handled the 49ers' punt-return chores for the past seven weeks since replacing Kyle Williams. James has averaged 10.3 yards on 20 punt returns with 12 fair catches.