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49ers hire LSU receivers coach, who is expected to split role with Curry

Ronald Curry, seen here with the Raiders in 2005, will work with the 49ers’ wide receivers alongside new hire Adam Henry.
Ronald Curry, seen here with the Raiders in 2005, will work with the 49ers’ wide receivers alongside new hire Adam Henry. The Bee

The 49ers have filled the position of wide receivers coach – one of the few remaining openings on Jim Tomsula’s staff – by hiring Adam Henry, who spent the last three seasons in the same capacity at LSU.

LSU announced the move. The 49ers have not announced any of the additions to Tomsula’s staff.

Henry, 42, is expected to coach San Francisco’s wide receivers with Ronald Curry, 35, an ex-Raiders wide receiver who has been a 49ers offensive assistant since 2013.

Henry spent five years on Oakland’s coaching staff. He was a quality control coach in 2007 and 2008 and the tight ends coach from 2009 to 2011. He was in Oakland for the last two seasons in Curry’s stint with the Raiders.

Henry also spent two seasons at LSU with new 49ers special-teams coach Thomas McGaughey. The move is more evidence that Tomsula was looking for compatibility and cohesion in assembling his staff.

Wide receiver, meanwhile, likely will be a position in flux for the 49ers in upcoming seasons. Michael Crabtree is a free agent, and he perhaps signaled his departure when he recently removed his affiliation with the 49ers from his Twitter bio.

The team’s leading receiver the last two years, Anquan Boldin, is 34 and entering the final year of his contract. The 49ers have used a first-round pick on a wide receiver three times since 2004 (Rashaun Woods, Crabtree and A.J. Jenkins). They pick 15th in the April 30-May 2 draft.

At LSU, Henry coached Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, both of whom were NFL rookies this past season. Beckham Jr. was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year, catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns for the New York Giants. Landry had 84 receptions for 758 yards and five touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins.

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