Meet the Niners’ new nickel cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha
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By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com Just two years after inking one of the richest cornerback deals in NFL history, Nnamdi Asomugha has been named the San Francisco 49ers’ new nickel cornerback, according to
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. Asomugha, who was brought in this offseason on a one-year contract, was rumored to have been on the roster bubble but it appears he has done enough to win a role in Vic Fangio’s defense. Fangio, the 49ers defensive coordinator, had questioned if the 10-year cornerback had any “gas left in the tank” early in training camp, but Asomugha’s efforts in three preseason games has justified his signing.
According to Pro Football Focus, Asomugha has allowed just one catch for 5 yards in 39 snaps in pass coverage. Quarterbacks have challenged Asomugha four times and have a 39.6 passer rating when targeting him. "He's done well in his reps that he's had in the game and in practice," Fangio said. "Particularly the last two or three weeks, he's played much better." It’s still a wonder how Asomugha was considered one of the best at his position just a few seasons ago and now is relegated to an off-the-sideline role. The skillset to play cornerback deteriorates much more rapidly than any other position because they must have hyper reaction to the receiver’s quick moves off the line. Asomugha, traditionally, excelled with one-on-one coverage and had trouble adapting to new schemes in Philly.