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Young tight end has Kaepernick's support

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the way the San Francisco 49ers will adjust to losing versatile fullback Bruce Miller is by utilizing different offensive sets.

They might do that by having more tight ends of the field or moving a tight end around. One candidate is first-year tight end Derek Carrier. He has played some snaps after being promoted from the practice squad last month.

Carrier said Wednesday that he hasn’t heard anything about his role in the offense without Miller.

One person who believes Carrier -- a star at the small Beloit College -- can handle an increased work load is San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“He's someone that -- I don't want to compare him to Vernon [Davis] because he doesn't have that freakish speed. But as far as being that receiving tight end, he has a wiggle to him,” Kaepernick said. “He can get open, he can get separation. And I think we like him the more and more he's on the field. And he's someone who could play a role moving forward depending on how things work out.”