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Kaepernick Sharp in Minicamp Finale

Posted Jun 13, 2013

The 49ers saved their best day of minicamp for last.



The 49ers saved their best day of minicamp for last.

Colin Kaepernick looked sharp and so did many of his receivers. On the last day of a three-day minicamp, the 49ers quarterback finished the day with five consecutive completions.

Kaepernick also called his own number during a team period mid-practice and scored a 50-yard rushing touchdown on a “Pistol” running play.

The highlight reception was turned in from second-year wideout A.J. Jenkins. The 6-foot wideout sprawled out over the middle of the field to catch a rifled pass from the 49ers starting quarterback.

Jenkins capped an impressive minicamp with the highlight play of the day. The former first-round pick, however, wasn’t alone in making big-time receptions. Marlon Moore, Vance McDonald and Ricardo Lockette all made leaping catches on the day.

It caught the eye of Jim Harbaugh.

“I really liked the practice today and the entire offseason,” the 49ers coach said. “It was a good effort by our team. I like our team and I like where we’re at right now.”

Kaepernick solidified a hard-working offseason with a throwing clinic to close practice.

“He’s been on it all offseason,” Harbaugh said. “That period especially was outstanding.”

The final day of minicamp also included three sensational catches by San Francisco’s second-round pick, McDonald. It also happened to be the rookie tight end’s birthday.

McDonald caught a deep crossing route from Kaepernick on a ball that was slightly behind, but was able to adjust his body in the air to catch the ball 20 yards downfield. Later, the rookie tight end caught a deep go route from Kaepernick and later cradled a sideline pass from Colt McCoy into his body with one arm.

After practice, Harbaugh awarded 31 certificates to players who attended every practice and weight lifting session of the offseason. The 49ers coach and All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis spoke to the group to close out the session. Veterans are off for the next month; rookies will complete a minicamp next week to round out their offseason work.

Minicamp Notes

-Kyle Williams joined the punt return drills to work on his ball-catching skills. Williams joined Perrish Cox, LaMichael James, Chad Hall, B.J. Daniels and Quinton Patton in the punt return drill.

-Anquan Boldin did not participate in team drills. Harbaugh said the veteran had done enough and that he wanted to evaluate the team’s young receivers on the final day of camp.

-Trenton Robinson lined up at free safety with the first-team defense next to Donte Whitner. Eric Reid was nursing a minor injury and skipped his turn in the free safety rotation, according to Harbaugh.

-Scott Tolzien was picked off twice on back-to-back plays. NaVorro Bowman and Nnamdi Asomugha came up with turnovers in the team period. Bowman picked off a screen pass intended for Daniels; Asomugha read a post route intended for Patton.

-Darcel McBath intercepted Kaepernick in a team period. The starting quarterback was rolling to his left and decided to aim downfield for Hall as a last-ditch attempt, but found a leaping McBath instead.

-Asomugha lost contain on undrafted wideout Chuck Jacobs later in a team period. The rookie receiver ran free down the right sideline to catch a 50-yard touchdown from Daniels to beat the broken coverage.


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