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And deservedly so.
Figuring out who will join the starting defense next to
Lost in the defensive headlines is the state of San Francisco’s starting cornerbacks.
Brock, who the 49ers signed to a four-year contract extension in the middle of last season, also said it’s time for the starting cornerbacks to raise their play.
“We had older guys above us and we learned from them," Brock said, "but we're just trying to take it to the next level.”
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Brock, Culliver and Ward, the likely key trio in San Francisco’s cornerback group, are likely to see the field again this Thursday against the Houston Texans.
Brock said he likes the depth of this year’s secondary. In particular, Brock has enjoyed the instant impact from Ward at nickel cornerback.
“He’s learning the defense very well and bringing what he can to the game, his athletic ability and being able to play nickel and safety like he did in college,” Brock said. “He’s putting all that together and he’s looking pretty good for our defense.”
Brock and Culliver, on the other hand, played sparingly in the first quarter of the Chargers victory. Brock recorded one tackle; Culliver made two tackles and broke up a deep Philip Rivers throw in the first quarter.
Brock missed the first two preseason games with an ankle injury. Culliver, meanwhile, started both of San Francisco’s preseason losses. The games served as Culliver’s first on-field action since Super Bowl XLVII. The fourth-year cornerback missed last season due to an ACL tear in his left knee.
Brock said he was eager to get back on the field with Culliver and the rest of the starting defense.
“Oh yeah, especially when I missed the first two games,” Brock said. “It felt good to get back out there with everybody.”
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