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April 29, 2013
Numbers game: The new No. 11 is ...

You can put those old Alex Smith jerseys to good use, 49ers fans. Just tear off the name plate and replace it with "Patton." The team's new wide receiver, taken in the fourth round, will wear that number, at least at the beginning of the year, the team announced today. Some other number news:

5 - QB B.J. Daniels
11 - WR Quinton Patton
33 - CB Marcus Cooper
35 - S Eric Reid
38 - RB Marcus Lattimore
54 - LB Nick Moody
71 - OT Carter Bykowski
71-- DL Quinton Dial
89 - TE Vance McDonald
95 - DL Cornelius "Tank" Carradine
96 - OLB Correy Lemonier

Why No. 89 for tight end McDonald? Here's Jim Harbaugh with a good explanation.

Also, some of these numbers obviously are temporary as Dial and Bykowski have the same number. New cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha also has the same number as running back Anthony Dixon, No. 24. One more note: The fact that linebacker Moody is wearing No. 54 means that last year's No. 54, free agent Larry Grant, likely will not be back.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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