Pickett turned down an opportunity to hone his quarterback skills in NFL Europe this spring. He believes the decision has paid off because the 49ers later lost offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, who became Packers head coach, and installed a new offense with coordinator Norv Turner.
"We've met with him (about an expanded role)," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Some of the passing days, he went out and played a little wide receiver. We're trying to give him a role of 'slash.'"
Nolan said about the only way that Pickett will get a chance to play this season, barring injuries to the players in front of him, is if he can become a contributor as a spot player on offense and special teams.
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