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Morning Tailgate: Brock Remains No. 3 Corner

Posted Oct 4, 2013

If the Texans use three wide-receiver sets on Sunday, the 49ers will count on Tramaine Brock to hold up his end on the outside.

All things being equal, Tramaine Brock is a top contender for the 49ers No. 3 cornerback job.

But all things aren't equal with veteran Nnamdi Asomugha, who started the season in San Francisco's nickel package, nursing a knee injury.


Vic Fangio, the team's defensive coordinator, said Thursday he expected Brock to be the first defensive back off the sideline when the Houston Texans bring additional wide receivers on the field. The longtime play-caller said he was impressed with Brock's performance in this very capacity during the team's Week 4 win in St. Louis, in which Asomugha was absent.

"He did a nice job. He probably had the biggest play of the game in breaking up that pass that Donte (Whitner) intercepted in the end zone," Fangio said, referencing the Rams ill-fated 3rd-and-1 attempt in the second quarter. "They were in field goal range, and the score was only 7-3 at the time. So that was a very critical play at that time and he made that. And he made some other good plays.”

Brock will be asked to do the same on Sunday night, when he could be covering Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins, the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

"I like that matchup," rookie safety Eric Reid said. "I expect him to do his job, just like those guys are planning on me doing my job."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checked in on 49ers inside linebackers, including Patrick Willis.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News quoted Vic Fangio on the process of fining players for big hits.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com wrote about Eric Reid’s fast adjustment to the NFL.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com said Justin Smith is wary of ankle-biting blockers.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Al Michaels about Candlestick Park history.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com outlined the top 10 storylines of Sunday’s game.







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