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Asomugha to Face Rodgers for First Time

Posted Sep 6, 2013

The 49ers veteran cornerback last played against the Packers in 2007, when Brett Favre led Green Bay.

Nnamdi Asomugha hasn’t been told by 49ers coaches where exactly he will be lined up on Sunday.

Or he’s not sharing with the rest of us.

Asomugha, listed as questionable (collar bone) but expected to make his San Francisco debut against the Green Bay Packers, has lined up on both the left and right sides during the offseason. There will times where he’ll be tasked with tracking Packers speedster Randall Cobb.

It doesn’t appear Asomugha’s injury, which he has been playing through the last two weeks in practice, will inhibit him. He has been wearing a blue, non-contact jersey in practice and expects a health check-up on Saturday.

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“He’s probably their most dynamic player on offense,” Asomugha said of Cobb, “because they can put him anywhere and allow him to make plays.”

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Asomugha would be assigned to Jordy Nelson "a fair amount" of the time. No matter which receiver Asomugha covers on Sunday, he’ll be facing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the first time. (Rodgers backed up Brett Favre when Asomugha’s Oakland Raiders lost to Green Bay in 2007.)

Strange because Asomugha is entering the second decade of his NFL career and Rodgers is among the league’s household names.

“They let him do his thing with the offense. It’s not that they do a million different things, but they just let the quarterback take over, make all the checks, make all the calls,” the veteran cornerback said. “He’s one of those quarterbacks. There are a few in the league where the offensive coordinator is fine with letting him take over.”

As part of his study for Sunday’s season opener, Asomugha watched each of the 49ers two wins over the Packers in 2012. He came to one among many conclusions.

“They throw 99 percent of the time,” he said, “so the ball will be up in the air a lot.”

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