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Hamstring, not knee, limited DeAndre Smelter during minicamp

Jun 10, 2016 at 9:22 AM--


WR DeAndre Smelter was been limited during the San Francisco 49ers' three day minicamp this week. When asked on Wednesday whether or not the second year receiver was hurt, head coach Chip Kelly answered, "He has been just nagging a little bit, but I wouldn't call it an injury."

Kelly stated that whatever was keeping Smelter out of practice was no related to his surgically repaired knee.

On Friday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that it was a hamstring injury that limited Smelter and nothing more serious. He is expected to be ready to compete during training camp in late-July.


After spending his rookie season recovering from surgery to repair his torn ACL, Smelter is an unknown commodity for the 49ers. Early on, he drew comparisons to Anquan Boldin, who the team has yet to re-sign – perhaps partially due to the fact that Smelter, along with numerous other young receivers, are on the roster.

Smelter's 11-inch hands were the largest of his draft class and he has the size to be a physical threat at receiver for the team. He was a fourth round selection out of Georgia Tech in 2015.

In 2014, he had 35 receptions for 715 yards and seven touchdowns through 10 games at Georgia Tech. That's an average of over 20 yards-per-catch.



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