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49ers Evaluate Receivers in KC

Posted Aug 17, 2013

The 49ers dressed 11 wide receivers for pregame warm-ups, but only nine were in uniform for Friday night’s preseason road win over the Kansas City Chiefs.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 49ers dressed 11 wide receivers for pregame warm-ups, but only nine were in uniform for Friday night’s preseason road win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The two that were not involved for San Francisco’s second preseason game were fourth-year wideout Kyle Williams and fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton. Both quickly broke a sweat in pregame, but were held out of action in a 15-13 victory.

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Williams is coming off a late-season knee injury and has yet to test his body in live game action. Patton, an intriguing young play-maker, is making steady progress on a finger injury that has forced him to wear a non-contact jersey in training camp.

All nine of the receivers dressed for the game saw action in the come-from-behind win.

For a second consecutive week, Anquan Boldin and Marlon Moore remained as the team’s starting wideouts.  Both only played on the opening series of the game, a four-play drive highlighted by Frank Gore’s 52-yard run on the team’s first offensive snap.

The starting wideouts, plus Colin Kaepernick and Gore were not left in the game very long. After the win, Jim Harbaugh said the lack of playing time was by design.

“We really wanted to see some players against the Chiefs (starters),” the 49ers coach explained. “We knew they’d play their ones the entire half on both sides of the ball, and wanted to see some of our players in that environment. That’s what it’s going to be like on Sundays.”

One of those receivers who saw action against Kansas City’s first-team defense, Chad Hall, lined up in the first offensive series as the team’s No. 3 receiver. Hall ran a deep corner route against Chiefs cornerback Dunta Robinson and was open in the end zone, but could not catch a third-down pass that was launched over his head by Kaepernick.

Hall led all 49ers receivers with two catches for 39 yards. He was also targeted the most (five times) and posted the longest catch of the game, a 21-yard reception.

On San Francisco’s second drive, Hall and A.J. Jenkins were the next receivers to get in the game in two-receiver sets. Jenkins played for most of the first half and was unable to catch the first ball thrown his way on a third-and-long. Later, Jenkins did later make a solid effort to block downfield on a 19-yard run from Colt McCoy.

Jenkins, however, did not catch any passes in the game. His 21-yard reception against Kansas City’s second-team defense was wiped out by a holding penalty.

Jenkins was involved in another notable first-half play. McCoy, backed up to his own goal line, was intercepted on an underthrown deep ball to Jenkins. Veteran cornerback Sean Smith picked off the pass, but was tripped up from behind by Jenkins.

Smith’s a heck of a player,” Harbaugh said. “But on that route he got the interception, A.J. had a step on him. The throw should have been out in front, not back shoulder.”

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Harbaugh wasn’t down on Jenkins, the former first-round pick.

“He did OK,” the 49ers coach said. “It’s a step.”

Other receivers on the roster took their respective turns against Kansas City’s backups.

Late in the third quarter, Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins got in the game along with rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels. Collie caught one pass for 11 yards; Hawkins finished the night with two catches for 20 yards.

Daniels truly found his rhythm in the fourth quarter while leading San Francisco on the game-winning touchdown drive.

Daniels was nearly perfect on the drive. The athletic signal-caller was 6-for-7 for 72 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to undrafted rookie wideout Chuck Jacobs. Jacobs was targeted four times on the night and caught two balls for 28 yards.

After the game, Harbaugh was asked about the receivers who stood out and he mentioned several by name.

The receivers will look to make their mark in practice this week. With the 49ers set to host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 of the preseason, the third game is usually treated as a dress rehearsal for starters.

If it wasn’t clear before, every opportunity for the wideouts will be crucial in determining who locks up coveted roster spots.

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