Carlos Rogers was a full participant at Tuesday’s opening three-day minicamp session for the San Francisco 49ers.
Rogers’ presence has been felt throughout San Francisco’s offseason program; however, the veteran cornerback who signed a new four-year contract with the 49ers did not recently participate in Organized Team Activities.
Rogers told The San Francisco Chronicle a right calf strain, suffered last month, has kept him out of action.
Tuesday, however, Rogers was back on the field wearing a gold 49ers helmet along with the rest of his teammates.
Rogers wasn’t the only noticeable minicamp attendee. Joining the 49ers on Tuesday was undrafted Stanford wideout Chris Owusu, who had to wait for college graduation before reporting to his new team. Former 49ers coach and current NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci also was on hand to watch the mandatory session.
Other notes from the opening minicamp session:
-Cornerback Curtis Holcomb returned to practice after missing recent OTA sessions.
-Rogers found himself being tested early in one-on-one drills against the 49ers receiving corps. Matched up against last year’s leading wideout Michael Crabtree, Rogers was beaten slightly down the field on a 35-yard pass from second-year signal caller Colin Kaepernick. Crabtree beat the Pro Bowl cornerback by just a step to make the impressive deep catch.
-Meanwhile, running backs and linebackers faced off in one-on-one coverage drills on the adjacent practice field. Third-year running back Anthony Dixon out-ran undrafted linebacker Kourtnei Brown on a wheel route down the left sideline, but was unable to make a fingertip catch on a ball thrown by second-year quarterback Scott Tolzien.
-Former Stanford tight end Konrad Reuland later supplied a fingertip catch while getting open on a deep route past Aldon Smith’s coverage.
-Veteran wideout Randy Moss looked impressive when hauling in a 35-yard pass from Alex Smith during the one-on-one period. Moss was able to track in the deep ball over his left shoulder without cornerback Tramaine Brock sensing the ball was coming.
-Undrafted cornerback Deante’ Purvis intercepted a Kaepernick pass intended to Joe Hastings during one-on-ones. The UNLV product darted in front of Hastings, who appeared to be breaking his route off towards the right sideline as the ball was released.
-Purvis, however, was beat on his next rep by first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, who got open deep down the right sideline to haul in a Kaepernick pass.
-Owusu got in on the receiving act during the drill, beating undrafted cornerback Anthony Mosley to haul in a 15-yard deep in route.
-During red zone 7-on-7 work, linebacker Larry Grant broke up two of Kaepernick’s over-the-middle passes.
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