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May 19, 2014
Jerry Rice Jr. to take part in 49ers minicamp; Marcus Lattimore can take part, too

A year after Joe Montana's son tossed passes in a 49ers rookie minicamp, Jerry Rice's boy will get a chance to catch them. Jerry Rice Jr., who played at UNLV and who took part in the team's local pro day last month, will be one of the receivers in San Francisco's rookie minicamp, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Although he's not technically a rookie, running back Marcus Lattimore also is eligible to take part in the rookie minicamp because he did not earn any pension credit last year, which was spent on the non-football injury list. Offensive tackle Luke Marquardt, who was dealing with a foot injury a year ago, also can take part in the weekend session. Offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, receiver Chuck Jacobs and defensive lineman Mike Purcell also are eligible to participate.

Rice Jr., who walked on at UCLA before transferring to UNLV, was not drafted earlier this month. But he got a chance to take part in the Ravens' rookie minicamp last week and impressed the head coach. "He doesn't have his dad's size, but he sure got his athleticism," John Harbaugh told reporters. "He runs in a real similar way. He's got that West Coast offense down. He's probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle ... Very good hands, real smooth athlete. He did a real nice job."

Fourth-round draft pick Bruce Ellington also will take part in the minicamp at receiver. In addition to Rice Jr., the team is likely to sign more players for the weekend on a tryout basis.

-- 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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