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June 12, 2013
Minicamp notes: Interesting dynamic between QBs Tolzien and Daniels


There's an interesting dynamic to the 49ers' recent practices. Scott Tolzien and B.J. Daniels presumably are competing for the same spot on the team, that of No. 3 quarterback. Daniels, however, also was one of Tolzien's pass-catching targets Wednesday afternoon. The former South Florida quarterback spent a lot of time lined up as a tailback and often was Tolzien's check-down target during seven-on-seven drills. Daniels caught at least four passes out of the backfield Wednesday, the second day of the team's minicamp.

Daniels also had one of the more exciting plays at quarterback. Practicing the goal-line offense, he found no one open and started sprinting to his right. At the last moment possible, he fired a pass to the near corner of the end zone to receiver Ricardo Lockette, who was able to dig it off the grass for the touchdown in front of cornerback Tramaine Brock.

Receiver Anquan Boldin, one of the 49ers' indispensable players this season, was attended to by a trainer midway through practice. After having work on one of his legs, Boldin jogged back to his offensive mates and didn't seem to be outwardly bothered by anything. But he didn't return to practice, either. The 49ers are wise to be cautious with Boldin, who was having another very good practice before he was apparently nicked.

Brock saw a lot of action at cornerback again today. Carlos Rogers is out with an injury that Vic Fangio said was precautionary. Chris Culliver also has been held out of drills the last two days. That has given a lot of repetitions to Brock, Nnamdi Asomugha and Tarell Brown. Perrish Cox and safety Michael Thomas have stepped in as the nickel cornerbacks.

The 49ers on Wednesday released tight end Cameron Morrah and signed receiver Brandon Carswell. Carswell, however, went down early with a right knee injury while trying to juke cornerback Darryl Morris in a one-on-one drill. Carswell remained on the field with his knee wrapped in ice.

Several receivers made nice catches in traffic, including Marlon Moore, who made a couple of full-stretch snags on passes from Colin Kaepernick over the middle. Another receiver, Kassim Osgood, made a similar catch on a Kaepernick pass and ran into the end zone.

Osgood, who stands out on the field because at 6-5 he is by far the team's largest wideout, also drew some unsolicited praise from Jim Harbaugh this morning.

"I think (he) started practicing June 4th or 5th ...," Harbaugh said. "And, basically he showed up and we're telling him the plays, where to line up, what route to run, what his blocking assignment was, every single play. And then over the weekend, he must have just locked himself in his hotel room and studied the playbook all weekend because he came out here on Monday and didn't have to tell him anything.

"He got the play in the huddle with the correct alignment, the split, the route, depth, everything was really good like he had been here all offseason. An example of a real professional and a guy who works at his craft. A great example for the rest of our guys."

Two safeties, Trenton Robinson and Craig Dahl, had interceptions. Dahl came down with his after a pass to rookie wideout Chuck Jacobs was tipped straight in the air. After grabbing the ball, Dahl quickly flipped it to rookie Eric Reid. Dahl and Donte Whitner were the starting safeties on Wednesday.

The 49ers spent the last chunk of practice at half speed, which allowed Kyle Williams (knee) to get into the mix at wide receiver.

Nose tackle Lamar Divens arrived at team headquarters after missing Tuesday's session. He was on the field but did not participate. Defensive end Ray McDonald did not practice for the second straight day, which gave Will Tukuafu (left) and Demarcus Dobbs (right) a chance to work with the first-string unit at defensive end.

Frank Gore, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Mike Iupati, Joe Staley, Carlos Rogers, Mario Manningham and Kendall Hunter continue to work their way back from injuries on a side field. Marcus Lattimore ran half-field sprints at three-quarter speed with head trainer Jeff Ferguson and general manager Trent Baalke looking on.

-- 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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