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WRs to Split Coveted Snaps

Posted Aug 21, 2013

With A.J. Jenkins out and Jon Baldwin in, there are still snaps to be divided among 49ers wide receivers.

A.J. Jenkins received a significant portion of the snaps at wide receiver throughout the 49ers training camp and the team’s first two preseason games. It was obvious that San Francisco’s coaching staff wanted to give the organization’s 2012 first-round pick every opportunity to succeed.

With Jenkins now in Kansas City following Monday’s trade, don’t assume all of those snaps will be given to the man he was traded for, Jon Baldwin.

At least not yet.

Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday singled out Austin Collie, Lavelle Hawkins, Chad Hall, Ricardo Lockette and Baldwin from a group that also includes Kassim Osgood, Quinton Patton and Chuck Jacobs. The coach said he’d like to see a handful of these wideouts, the likely combatants for spots four through five or six, each have their share this week.

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“There are a lot of options there. I have been very impressed with receiving group, the way they practice, the way that they perform,” he said. “They’re very competitive guys, and they want (the reps)… There’s quite a few receivers that are all healthy and champing at the bit to get ‘em.”

Harbaugh was asked if Baldwin could possibly leap-frog 49ers incumbents at the position and join Anquan Boldin in the starting lineup by Opening Day.

“Anything’s possible,” the coach said. “Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore have a bit of a head start in that regard.”

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Moore has seemingly separated himself in the competition despite recording just one catch in the preseason. In the team’s first two exhibition games, he appeared only during the opening series, flanking Boldin with the first unit.

“He’s got very good production in training camp,” Harbaugh said of the ex-Dolphins wideout.

While he was known primarily for his special teams contributions in Miami, the 49ers have been quick to appreciate his physical talent and mental toughness.

“Those things are a very good combination,” Harbaugh said.

It remains to be seen how much Boldin, Moore and Williams might play on Sunday at Candlestick Park, where the 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings, but expect to see mainly a mix of the other pass-catchers. They have more to prove.

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