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August 6, 2013
Training camp D11: Lockette, Collie go deep; Iupati sits out practice


Both Ricardo Lockette and Austin Collie caught deep passes in Tuesday's evening practice. The session was the first non-padded practice since the third day of training camp, and there was a lot of work against the scout-team offense and defense.

Lockette is the fastest player on the squad but he hasn't had a lot of opportunities to showcase that speed. He had the catch of the day, however, on a deep sideline route in which he was well-covered by cornerback Tarell Brown. Lockette leaped up for Scott Tolzien's pass and made a finger-tip grab over Brown.

Lockette made six catches on the evening, including a couple of deep crossing routes. The team could use someone with speed opposite Anquan Boldin this season, and Lockette is one of the options. Boldin, who played with speedsters Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith in Baltimore, today said that A.J. Jenkins, Marlon Moore and Kyle Williams also have shown good deep speed this offseason.

Collie's catch also came late in the session on a throw from rookie B.J. Daniels. The veteran receiver got behind safety Michael Thomas on the play. It was notable because Collie is coming off a torn patella injury from last season and there's a question about whether he's fully recovered.

He looked plenty fast on that play, and he caught several others passes - including some when he was in the slot position - on Tuesday. Collie, however, also dropped a short pass from the slot during a hurry-up drills, prompting him to slap his hands and cry out in disgust.

Justin Smith (finger) was back in the lineup but, again, it was a non-contact (light contact) practice. Earlier in the day, Vic Fangio indicated that Demarcus Dobbs would start ahead of Smith in Thursday's preseason opener. ... Mike Iupati (knee) sat out today's session. Adam Snyder lined up at left guard. Iupati injured his knee last week but had been toughing it out through the recent practices ... Patrick Willis (broken hand) was on the field with his right arm in a sling.

Newcomer receiver Lavelle Hawkins was one of the players who practiced kickoff returns. ... Rookie Chuck Jacobs had a nice touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone on a low back-shoulder (back ankle?) throw from Colt McCoy. Colin Kaepernick and A.J. Jenkins tried for the same result two plays later but Jenkins dropped the pass.

Jim Harbaugh stepped away from practice for a few minutes to chat with 12-year-old Aaron Hern, who watched practice with his family. Hern was injured by shrapnel in the Boston Marathon blast. After cool-downs, Harbaugh invited Hern, who is from Martinez, onto the field to help break down practice.

-- 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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