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Boldin, Moore Start as 49ers WRs

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Anquan Boldin lined up in his assume spot as the No. 1 receiver. The other wideout spot on the 49ers, however, remained a mystery.

Anquan Boldin was automatically assumed to be the No. 1 receiver. The other wideout spot on the 49ers, however, remained a mystery.

That question was solved just before kick-off at Candlestick Park. Another free agent addition got the nod to start against the Denver Broncos in the preseason opener.

It was fourth-year pro Marlon Moore.

“That was based on practice,” Jim Harbaugh said of the selection of his No. 2 receiver in a 10-6 preseason defeat.

Moore, a Sacramento native, caught a 12-yard pass on the team’s opening drive and was “solid in all of his assignments,” according to the 49ers coach.

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Kyle Williams sat out of Thursday night’s game. But a number of wide receivers made plays in the preseason opener with the intent of earning more snaps in the preseason.

Even Boldin had his moments in one series of work. The 11-year veteran caught two passes for 14 yards and left the preseason opener feeling comfortable with the first showing from the first-team offense.

“We executed the way that we wanted to with the exception of one play,” Boldin said. “We had the false-start, which pushed us back a little bit. That’s something we want to eliminate. I don’t think you can be successful having pre-snap penalties in this league. So, that’s definitely something we have to work on.”

The penalty pushed the 49ers into a 3rd-and-15 which was nearly picked up on Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Moore. It set up the first of two field goals from new kicker Phil Dawson.

Although the first offense didn’t get into the end zone, they did move the ball 62 yards on 13 plays. Boldin left Candlestick Park feeling even more impressed with his quarterback.

“I think he did a good job,” Boldin said of Kaepernick, a third-year signal-caller with just 10 career starts. “He had command in the huddle. I think he found open receivers. When the plays broke down he got outside the pocket and was able to make plays. So, that’s definitely a big plus for us.”

Kaepernick completed all four of his passes for 38 yards. He finished his brief outing with a 106.2 quarterback rating.

Boldin looks forward to building on their chemistry when the team gets back to work on Saturday at the team's "Fan Fest" event at Candlestick.

“I think it’s growing,” Boldin said of his relationship with Kaepernick. “The main thing I want to do is have as much confidence in me as possible. So every time he comes to me I make a play for him, no matter how big or how little.”

Kaepernick, on the other hand, is looking for more production from second-year receiver A.J. Jenkins. The former first-round pick was targeted three times and caught one pass for three yards. He also fumbled his only reception of the game. It was one of four turnovers from San Francisco’s offense.

“He’s someone we need to be able to rely on, Kaepernick said.

Rookie tight end Vance McDonald led the 49ers with four catches for 66 yards, good for 16.5 yards per reception. He was also targeted a team-high, eight times and had a 21-yard reception, tied with rookie Chuck Jacobs for the longest catch of the night.

The wide receiver competitions on the 49ers roster will only continue to build momentum heading into the later weeks of the preseason.

Newcomers like Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins will also get in on the position battle the more they learn San Francisco’s offensive system.

Collie hauled in two passes for 20 yards in his first action with the 49ers.

“It’s been a long time, felt a little foreign, but it was fun,” Collie said. “A lot of these guys play with so much energy. They fly around and you can’t help but to kind of feed off that. And there’s a lot of great players on this football team.”

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