BALTIMORE – San Francisco 49ers cornerback
For now, he'll settle for his first preseason pick.
"It definitely felt good. I spent four years in Minnesota (with the Vikings). I had some on tape, but they all got called back (on penalties)," Cook said after the 49ers 23-3 loss in an exhibition opener opposite the Baltimore Ravens. "It's preseason. It felt good to get that one out of the way. Hopefully, it's all (uphill) from here."
Yes, San Francisco fell by 20 points, but there were highlights, and Cook's was chief among them.
His came on the first series of the third quarter, when he jumped in front of a Tyrod Taylor pass meant for wideout Marlon Brown.
"I was reading the quarterback, and I saw a flat route coming," Cook said. "I broke on the flat route a little bit because (Taylor) looked at it, and then he came back to the curl (route), and I just fell underneath it. It was right there in my lap."
What was going through Cook's mind when he saw the ball coming?
"Just catch it," he said, laughing. "That's the only thing you can think when the ball's in the air: Just catch it."
Still, the ex-Viking seems to be carving out a role for himself with Vic Fangio's defense.
"I definitely feel good about where my game is right now and the scheme that I'm in," said Cook, who prefers playing 'press-man' coverage. "I'm just happy to be playing football. The longevity for football players isn't very long. I'm just happy to be playing as long as I do."
Cook could have continued his NFL career elsewhere, but he wouldn't have it any other way.
"During free agency, when my agent called me and said I had a visit here, I told him I probably didn't want to visit anywhere else," he said. "As soon as he said San Francisco, I was like, 'Let's make it happen.'"
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