This offseason is different for
First and foremost, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback will be without two of his mentors, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. Both veterans signed one-year contracts last month with the Oakland Raiders.
Fast forward to the first week of April, and Brock is already in the Bay Area looking to lead his fellow cornerbacks by example. That’s why he’s among a group of young players working out at 49ers headquarters in advance of a nine-week voluntary offseason program that’s set to begin on April 21.
Brock said his early arrival this offseason is all a part of his master plan.
“Usually I don’t do this,” the fifth-year cornerback told 49ers.com. “This is to get a head start on the program.”
Brock, who stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, proved to be an aggressive cornerback in his fourth season in San Francisco. He credited his coaching staff as well as Rogers and Brown for helping him improve each season; he even considered Rogers a big brother.
“He helped me a lot, on and off the field,” Brock said. “Even on the field, he would give me hints and tell me what’s going on throughout the downs. It helped me to learn from those types of guys, from him and Tarell.”
After Rogers was released by the team this offseason, Brock remained in contact with his friend. He suspected Rogers was interested in joining the Raiders based on the text messages they had exchanged. And now that Rogers has switched sides in the Bay Area, Brock said he’s eager to compete against his former friends when the 49ers visit the Raiders during the 2014 regular season.
“It’s going to be different to see them out there playing against our offense,” Brock said, “but when we play them, it’s like they’re enemies.
“It should be a lot of fun.”
For Brock, who desires a greater leadership role, having the respect of the locker room is important. It’s also chief among his numerous football goals.
“It’s all coming together like I envisioned it when I was young,” said Brock, who aims to be one of the top cornerbacks in the league. “I never wanted to just be ‘OK’ with being in the NFL. It’s starting to lead into what I was always thinking, what I was always dreaming of.”
Brock earned a lot of attention with his stellar play in 2013. He also enjoyed two signature moments in the final game at Candlestick Park in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons. Brock’s fourth-quarter pass deflection led to
Heading into his first full season as an every-down player, Brock said he plans to use the offseason program to get himself into the best shape possible to enjoy an even better season in 2014.