49ers cornerback competition is wide open

Jimmy Ward talks to fellow cornerback Kenneth Acker as they walk off the practice field together. 

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback competition is wide open thanks to a couple of second-year defensive backs who are impressing the coaching staff at OTAs.

Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker were both selected in the later rounds of the 2014 draft. After suffering through injury filled rookie campaigns, both players are making a name for themselves this offseason.

"They are moving along pretty good, aren’t they? You saw it today," head coach Jim Tomsula said to the 49ers official website.

Tomsula says they came into camp this year completely different players, both physically and mentally.

"I can tell that their bodies are different," the coach said. "It’s not new to them. The whole approach, the nerves that you see with a young guy coming in, there’s none of that. So absolutely you can tell."

Reaser told the 49ers official website that he thinks he has as good of a chance as anybody to earn a starting cornerback role. 

"I think it’s a wide-open competition out there," he said. "I think some of the veterans have a jump on us out there, but I think it’s going to be a good competition in camp."

The 49ers did not draft a cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft and lost their two starting cornerbacks in fee agency.  

(h/t San Francisco 49ers)