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Chris Cook Works with 49ers First-team Defense

Posted Jun 12, 2014

The starting right cornerback spot is the biggest puzzle piece left to fill entering the 2014 regular season. So who is in the mix to line up with Tramaine Brock as the team’s base down cornerbacks?

The San Francisco 49ers starting defense is mostly set.

The starting right cornerback spot, however, is the biggest puzzle piece left to fill entering the 2014 regular season. So who is in the mix to line up with Tramaine Brock as the team’s base down cornerbacks?

Enter Chris Cook, the fifth-year veteran who signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Mar. 14.

READ: Five Facts about Chris Cook

Cook has been working with the starters during OTAs and more importantly, the 27-year-old cornerback has made good use of his snaps.

“He’s been in there quite a bit,” Jim Harbaugh said following a Tuesday OTA session that concluded with Cook breaking up – and almost intercepting – a Colin Kaepernick red zone pass.

“He’s ascending now that he’s got a good grasp and understanding of our system,” Harbaugh said. “He’s showing up. He’s making plays, getting his hands on the ball, making interceptions. He’s doing a very good job.”

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound cornerback signed with the 49ers after four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, with whom he totaled 123 tackles, 13 pass deflections and one sack.  

Cook made 29 starts for the Vikings. He now aims to start Week 1 when the 49ers travel to face the Dallas Cowboys.

Helping his cause is his amount of reps. Cook continues to use practice sessions as a way to build a stronger rapport with new teammates, especially the 49ers starting safeties who relay defensive play calls.

“It’s good to have that communication with the guys who are starting,” Cook said. “I’m able to talk through things with Eric Reid and Antoine (Bethea). It’s good to be out there with them and see how they work, how they play the game and how they communicate.

“I’m taking full advantage of it and getting better every day.”

Off the field, Cook said his transition has been easy because of San Francisco’s locker room culture.

“This is really a tight-knit group, the whole team, from the offense to the defense,” Cook said. “We all just get along so well. We spent so much time together, it’s hard not to be close with the guys in this locker room.”

The 49ers will wrap up the offseason program next week with a three-day minicamp. Cook said he’s eager to finish the team’s nine-week offseason calendar on a positive note.

“It has gone by fast,” Cook said. “I’m looking forward to minicamp. I’m looking forward to every day being here. I love being here and being a part of this organization.”

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