The San Francisco 49ers are set for training camp to begin at the end of the month. But before the team can defend its NFC West division crown this upcoming season, let’s take a look at the depth of each position group on the roster as they prepare for camp. Cornerbacks are up next.
Playing behind a fiercely competitive defensive front seven, the 49ers secondary held up their end of the bargain in 2011. Opposing offenses seldom had anywhere to run against San Francisco. Airing it out against the 49ers last season wasn’t an easy task either. Free agent addition
RETURNERS: Carlos Rogers (eighth season, second in San Francisco), Tarell Brown (sixth season), Tramaine Brock (third season), Chris Culliver (second season),
The 49ers likely have a great feel for what they have in Rogers, Brown, Culliver and Brock. The team has used the offseason to gauge the skills of Cox and the young cornerbacks on the roster. Cox quickly made an impression. Curtis Holcomb missed all of his rookie season after last year’s seventh-round selection was placed on Injured Reserve prior to training camp with a season-ending Achilles injury. Cory Nelms spent 2011 on the practice squad where he was exposed to the teachings of secondary coach Ed Donatell and his assistant Greg Jackson. Nelms, last season’s Thomas Herrion Award winner, has worked on offense, defense and special teams this offseason with the hopes of proving he can be a three-way player for the club.
The 49ers allowed just 26 points off of turnovers, which ranks t-2nd in the NFL since 1995 when the statistic was first tracked.
“He’s doing well. We like Perrish. We’ve got him playing nickel and corner, which is two different positions. There’s no carry over from one to the other, from an assignment and technique standpoint. And he’s done well learning both those positions and we’re very happy to have him. He’s given us added depth and he’s going to push for added playing time if he continues the work that he’s showing so far.”
-Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on the progress of free agent addition Perrish Cox.