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REPORT DATES: July 19 (rookies), July 24 (veterans)
SITE: Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Centre, Santa Clara, CA
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: The NFC champions will be aiming to get the most out of what may be the most gifted roster in football from top to bottom. Finding a replacement for the injured Michael Crabtree (torn Achilles), perhaps the Niners' best receiver since Terrell Owens, is paramount. Anquan Boldin goes from Super Bowl antagonist with Baltimore to Colin Kaepernick's top outside threat right now but Boldin is more of a move the chains-type possession guy at this stage. A.J. Jenkins, the team's first-round pick out of Illinois in 2012, has worked hard to add strength in the offseason and needs to step up. On defense, all eyes will be on the secondary where 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid will be asked to replace Pro-Bowler Dashon Goldson, who left for Tampa Bay in free agency. Veteran corner Nnamdi Asomugha also hopes for a resurgence as he returns to Cali in an effort to garner some much-needed depth outside the numbers.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 8 - vs. Denver, 9:00 PM Aug 16 - at Kansas City, 8:00 PM Aug 25 - vs. Minnesota, 8:00 PM Aug 29 - at San Diego, 10:00 PM