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Wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. comes to the 49ers’ rookie minicamp this weekend having impressed Ravens coach John Harbaugh last week.

Undrafted receiver Jerry Rice Jr. will try to catch on with 49ers this weekend in tryout

Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 - 9:07 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 - 8:17 pm

A year after Joe Montana’s son tossed passes in a 49ers rookie minicamp, Jerry Rice’s son will get a chance to catch passes at the same event.

Jerry Rice Jr., who played at UNLV and participated in the 49ers’ local pro day last month, will attend San Francisco’s rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday on a tryout basis. Rice Jr. made the announcement on his Twitter account; the 49ers have not released a list of tryout participants.

Although he’s not technically a rookie, running back Marcus Lattimore is eligible to participate in the minicamp because he did not earn any pension credit last year, which he spent on the non-football injury list. Offensive tackle Luke Marquardt, who was dealing with a foot injury a year ago, also can participate. Offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, wide receiver Chuck Jacobs and defensive lineman Mike Purcell, all of whom spent 2013 on the 49ers’ practice squad, also are eligible to take part.

Rice Jr., who walked on at UCLA before transferring to UNLV, was not drafted this month. But he got a chance to participate in the Ravens’ rookie minicamp last week and impressed the head coach in Baltimore.

“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 Ellingtonwill participate in the 49ers’ minicamp at wide receiver. Ellington and fellow draft pick Kenneth Acker, a cornerback, have been handling punts since joining the 49ers. In addition to Rice Jr., the team likely will sign more players for the weekend on a tryout basis.

Et cetera – Levi’s Stadium will host the Bay Area’s college football bowl game, formerly the Fight Hunger Bowl, on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. The game pits a Pacific-12 Conference team against one from the Big Ten.

• The 49ers recently signed Acker to a four-year deal. That means that six of the team’s NFC-high 12 picks have signed their rookie contracts.

• The Patriots signed linebacker Darius Fleming, whom the 49ers cut last week. Fleming was a fifth-round pick in 2012 but never played a snap because of ACL tears in 2012 and 2013.


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MATTHEW 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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