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June 11, 2013
49ers minicamp: Nice snag by Jenkins, who may be in the lead for No. 2 wideout

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After being lavished with praise by his coaches earlier in the day, receiver A.J. Jenkins turned in what may have been the catch of the day in the afternoon practice. Jenkins, who mostly was lined up opposite Anquan Boldin with the first-string offense, was running a crossing route on the pattern.

The throw by second-string quarterback Colt McCoy was behind him, and Jenkins reached back and snagged the ball as he went to the ground. Both Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman said that Jenkins had very strong practices last week, and he seems to have emerged as the early frontrunner to start opposite Boldin this season.

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Earlier in the day, Roman said the 49ers have been installing new red-zone plays this offseason. (See: Super Bowl; final drive of). They appeared to be doing just that on Tuesday, spending big chunks of the practice running through plays at half speed. The good news for 49ers fans: the team should have more in its arsenal when it is in the shadow of the goal line this year. The bad news: It made for a rather boring practice.

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Among the highlights: Tramaine Brock, Craig Dahl and Darcel McBath had interceptions, all of them on passes from Scott Tolzien. McBath's came when Tolzien tried to hit Quinton Patton in the corner of the end zone. McBath, however, leapt in front of the rookie and landed on his side with the ball in his hands. Dahl's interception came on a pass to rookie tight end Vance McDonald.

Patton mostly was running with the Tolzien-lead second-team offense. He had a prolific afternoon, catching about a dozen passes, most of them from Tolzien. Draft pick B.J. Daniels also worked with the second team while McCoy and Colin Kaepernick worked with the first team. That said, Kaepernick also hit Patton with a throw in the end zone.

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Tarell Brown is attending the minicamp but fellow starting cornerback Carlos Rogers continues to rehab from a minor injury that kept him out of last week's OTAs. Brown started at right cornerback while Nnamdi Asomugha played on the left side. Perrish Cox and Michael Thomas played nickel cornerback with the first- and second-team defenses respectively.

Donte Whitner and C.J. Spillman played safety with the first-team defense; Dahl and first-round pick Eric Reid were with the second team.

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As was the case last offseason, Jonathan Goodwin was the first-string center but Daniel Kilgore also was worked in with the first string at times. Kenny Wiggins lined up at left tackle and Adam Snyder at left guard while Joe Staley (knee) and Mike Iupati (shoulder) return from injuries.

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Other 49ers who did not practice: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Tank Carradine, Marcus Lattimore, Quinton Dial and Luke Marquardt. Second-year linebacker Darius Fleming, who suffered a knee injury last week, was on his feet but did not take part in practice. Fleming suffered an ACL tear in the same knee last year; the current injury appears to be minor. Michael Crabtree did not attend the session; He is beginning his rehabilitation from an Achilles tear.

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The three shortest players on the roster, LaMichael James, Chad Hall and Daniels, returned punts. James is back after straining his hamstring last week.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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