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49ers Rookie Minicamp Features Tryout Rookies

The 49ers are in day three of a rookie minicamp that will feature little coverage due to a lack of media access. According to Matt Maiocco, the practices are reportedly being conducted at primarily a walk-through pace. They can't do any hitting anyway, so this would seem to give the rookies a chance to learn the playbook and technique, and also show what they've learned and improved on since the first rookie minicamp, immediately after the draft.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke are both out of town for this minicamp, entrusting their assistants with the official duties. Coach Harbaugh is in Peru helping his church build homes. Baalke could be on vacation, but it wouldn't surprise me if he was holed up checking out 2011 college film. I just can't picture Trent Baalke taking a vacation.

The 49ers did not sign or draft any rookie quarterbacks, so they have brought in a pair of quarterbacks for "try-out" purposes. Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard and Sacramento State QB Jeff Fleming are getting opportunities to show their stuff since the 49ers current quarterbacks are not allowed to take part in the rookie camp. The 49ers did something similar for the rookie minicamp immediately after the draft.

Pritchard and Fleming join Brian Banks in trying out for the team over the course of this minicamp. All three are long-shots to make the 53-man roster. The team has one roster spot open for training camp though, so the 49ers could very well work one of them into the roster.

Pritchard and Fleming would seem to be incredibly long shots for even that opportunity. The 49ers have four quarterbacks already on the roster, limiting the number of snaps to spread around. If they didn't have Josh Johnson on the roster I could see them adding an inexperienced QB, but there's just too many options to work through at the position.

Banks is a long-shot to make the roster, but there could be enough snaps to go around, particularly with injuries to Darius Fleming and Cam Johnson. He could get some work in and potentially provide some depth on the practice squad. That is, of course, if the 49ers decided to bring him to camp.