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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes early test

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went through his most extensive practice since the 2015 season when he participated in seven-on-seven passing drills on the first day of a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Santa Clara. Kaepernick was held out of any drills that might have caused him to be accidentally injured.

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Notes, observations from 49ers’ first minicamp practice

First the big news: Colin Kaepernick practiced. Mostly. The only thing Kaepernick, who is coming back from three surgeries, including to his non-throwing shoulder, did not take part in was 11-on-11 drills where there is at least some semblance of a pass rush. (Tackling and hitting are not permitted, but there still are bodies flying about in the backfield.) Kaepernick looked a bit rusty early but seemed to fall into a rhythm as the practice went on. In sum, it would have been hard for someone unfamiliar with his offseason story line to tell that it was his first extensive practice of the year.

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Matt Barrows' thoughts about the 49ers NFL draft

It was notable that the 49ers had three picks in quick succession late in the sixth round and used the three selections on: 1. quarterback Jeff Driskel, 2. running back Kelvin Taylor and 3. wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. They were the only three skill players the 49ers -- who ended up with 11 picks total -- drafted. This on a team that scored the fewest points in the league last year, ranked 31st in total yards, and that has all sorts of questions at quarterback, receiver and --beyond starter Carlos Hyde -- running back.

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Kaepernick mimics other 49ers quarterbacks during final day of minicamp

Though not yet cleared to throw or run in the wake of offseason surgery, Colin Kaepernick was on the field on the third day of a voluntary San Francisco 49ers minicamp on Thursday, April 28, 2016, the first day of the 2016 NFL draft. Kaepernick, who is seeking a trade after being benched by the 49ers midway through last season, mimicked the motions of other quarterbacks who took snaps, passed and otherwise went through the workout.

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49ers depth chart: A lot of bodies, not a lot of experience

The 49ers haven’t done much in free agency. When they assemble for the start of the offseason program next week, the roster will look a lot like it did at the end of last season, at least from a personnel perspective. The big difference, of course, is the coaching staff. Here’s a stab at a rough depth chart for the beginning of the offseason. The theme: A lot of bodies; not a lot of experience.

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes early test

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went through his most extensive practice since the 2015 season when he participated in seven-on-seven passing drills on the first day of a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Santa Clara. Kaepernick was held out of any drills that might have caused him to be accidentally injured.
Matt Barrows The Sacramento Bee
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes early test 1:42

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes early test

Matt Barrows' thoughts about the 49ers NFL draft 2:13

Matt Barrows' thoughts about the 49ers NFL draft

Kaepernick mimics other 49ers quarterbacks during final day of minicamp 0:34

Kaepernick mimics other 49ers quarterbacks during final day of minicamp

Why Colin Kaepernick and the Denver Broncos need each other 2:15

Why Colin Kaepernick and the Denver Broncos need each other