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Morning Tailgate: Tony Jerod-Eddie's First INT

Posted Oct 7, 2013

The 49ers reserve lineman snared one of the defense's three interceptions and four turnovers overall on Sunday night at Candlestick Park.

Interceptions don’t come along very often for defensive lineman. When they do, they’re typically the same.

Ask 49ers defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie. The reserve lineman enjoyed his first pick on Sunday night since his senior year of high school at DeSoto High School in Texas.


“It was about the same actually – I got about five yards and got tackled by the running back,” Jerod-Eddie said after San Francisco’s 34-3 victory over maligned quarterback Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans.

There’s no doubt Jerod-Eddie was in the right place at the right time. Filling in for the injured Ray McDonald, who left with pain in his right bicep, Jerod-Eddie jumped in front of tight end Garrett Garaham, Schaub’s intended target, on a 3rd-and-13 play with less than a minute in the third quarter.

“I had a rush-drop read off of whatever block the offensive line gave,” Jerod-Eddie said of his first pick in five NFL games over the past two seasons. “It gave me a drop-read, I dropped, and the ball was right there.

We had a similar play in practice and I dropped the interception, so it was good to get that one.”

The 49ers three interceptions overall – nickel cornerback Tramaine Brock recorded a pair – marked the team’s first three-pick effort since Dec. 19, 2011 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And no defensive lineman had stolen a quarterback’s pass cince McDonald returned one 31 yards for a touchdown at Carolina on Nov. 24, 2010.

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

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee said Brock’s first interception set the tone Sunday night.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News graded each element of San Francisco’s effort.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com noted that the 49ers thrive when their defense is dominant.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com quoted Colin Kaepernick on being coached by Jim Harbaugh.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about the delay of Donte Whitner’s name change.

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com caught up with injured defensive tackle Ray McDonald postgame.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com covered another sterling performance by NaVorro Bowman.







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