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March 21, 2009
Niners practice in a spring shower

The 49ers got a chance to practice in adverse conditions this afternoon. A strong spring shower materialized just as the 49ers went into their team session. As a result, the pass plays were a bit eratic. Alex Smith again looked inconsistent. He did, however, hook up with Michael Robinson on a long-downfield pass in which Robinson tipped the ball to himself and made a sliding catch. Smith also threw a 40-yarder to Jason Hill between Nate Clements and Dashon Goldson. Smith's passes seem to gave good velocity, but a lot of them are on the high side ... Shaun Hill hooked up with Vernon Davis on a nice over-the-shoulder catch. After the play, new QBs coach Mike Johnson gave Hill an enthusiastic high five.

Walt Harris was back in the lineup, meaning that Michael Lewis was the only defensive starter not on the field. Reggie Smith is filling in for Lewis at strong safety.

I paid careful attention to the end-of-practice, sideline-to-sideline gassers the team was running. Once again, Patrick Willis, Alex Smith, Reggie Smith, Lewis Baker and Goldson were among the winners. Isaac Sopoaga, Aubrayo Franklin, Chilo Rachal and Ahmad Brooks brought up the rear.

Thus ends the minicamp practices. The team will meet tomorrow but will not practice. there will be no media availability ...

-- Matt Barrows

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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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