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July 26, 2013
Training camp D2: Marlon Moore reels in highlight of the afternoon


Before practices began this week, Jim Harbaugh made sure Marlon Moore was added to the informal list of receivers competing for the No. 2 role opposite Anquan Boldin this year. On Friday, Moore turned in the best - only? - highlight of an otherwise routine training-camp practice.

Toward the end of the session, the team was working on its red-zone offense. Quarterback Colt McCoy lofted a pass for Moore, who was covered tightly by cornerback Perrish Cox. Both went up for the ball, but it was Moore who came down with it for the touchdown.

Moore, a free-agent signee from Miami, definitely is a darkhorse candidate to win a starting role, and he might not even make the team. But he has an array of skills and made another nice impression on Harbaugh on Friday.

Given the receiver competition, I kept track of the targets and receptions every time the 49ers were in an 11-on-11 situation. The results:

A.J. Jenkins: four targets, three receptions
Chad Hall: three targets, two receptions
MarQueis Gray: three targets, two receptions
Vance McDonald: three targets, two receptions, one drop
Garrett Celek: two targets, two receptions
Vernon Davis: two targets, two receptions
Marlon Moore: two targets, one reception
Anquan Boldin: one target, one reception
Frank Gore: one target, one reception
Jewel Hampton: one target, one reception
LaMichael James: one target, one reception
Ricardo Lockette: one target, one reception
Bruce Miller: one target, no receptions
Kassim Osgood: one target, one reception
Kyle Williams: one target, one reception

It should be noted that two of Jenkins' catches came with the third-string offense when Scott Tolzien was the quarterback. A deep ball to Jenkins was knocked away by safety C.J. Spillman. Both he and cornerback Chris Culliver seemed to have a shot at the interception, and Culliver seemed a tad irked that Spillman disrupted his chance.

Miller also also knocked away a would-be interception from outside linebacker Cam Johnson on a pass from Colin Kaepernick. Johnson, who was injured much of last season, drew praise from defensive coordinator Vic Fangio earlier in the day. "He's made some really good strides," Fangio said. "He's not even close to being the same player he was last year at this time. ... he's light years ahead of where he was."

Celek seemed to have a lot of drops last year at this time before coming on strongly at the end of training camp. He had at least two drops in seven-on-seven drills today, including on a strike from B.J. Daniels. On the next play, Tolzien hit another young tight end, Gray, on a short pass pattern.

Rookie receiver Quinton Patton did not have a target in an 11-on-11 or team situation. He's in a non-contact jersey and has been used sparingly so far in camp.

Several players handled snaps at center. As was the case last season, Daniel Kilgore had several opportunities with the first-team offense. Adam Snyder took a few repetitions with the backup group. Snyder mostly has been playing right guard.

Saturday is the first day the 49ers can practice in pads. So far there have been no (noticeable) injuries in training camp.

- 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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