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49ers training camp newcomers: Specialists

Punter Bradley Pinion practices at the 49ers’ rookie mini-camp on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Santa Clara.
Punter Bradley Pinion practices at the 49ers’ rookie mini-camp on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Santa Clara. The Associated Press

From high-profile additions to NFL journeymen, The Bee provides a primer to the new players jockeying for position in training camp. Get to know the new faces at two position groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5.

The 49ers sent a veteran packing in favor of a rookie. Andy Lee, a three-time Pro Bowler, was dealt to Cleveland in June, clearing the way for former Clemson punter Bradley Pinion, who the 49ers drafted in the fifth round.

The team also brought in Southern Miss kicker Corey Acosta, who will likely back up 17-year veteran Phil Dawson.

Key returners: Phil Dawson (kicker)

Key departures: Andy Lee (punter)

The newcomers

Corey Acosta | K | 6-foot | 190 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Southern Miss)

Last year: The senior was 19 of 25 in field-goal attempts and made 21 of 23 PATs, scoring 78 points for the Golden Eagles.

The skinny: With 17-year veteran Phil Dawson on the roster, Acosta will likely be a reserve or could be used on kickoffs.

Bradley Pinion | P | 6-foot-6 | 240 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Clemson)

Last year: The junior had a 42.6-yard average and 40.3-yard net average on 75 punts in 13 games. He also had 28 punts inside the 20 with only two touchbacks.

The skinny: Pinion should be the team’s punter after the 49ers traded Andy Lee, who spent all 11 seasons with San Francisco.

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