6. 5. Asomugha Gets His Groove Back
The 49ers were itching to get rid of veteran corner Carlos Rogers this summer. Unfortunately, after Chris Culliver’s ACL tear early in training camp, those thoughts went out the window. Rogers will still “start” in the Niners’ base defense across from Tarell Brown. But, when the nickel package is employed, Asomugha will enter the game and kick Rogers into the slot. Nnamdi was so-so for the first half of camp, but ultimately came on to beat out Tramaine Brock for the No. 3 job.
Although the former All-Pro is on the wrong side of 30, Vic Fangio’s defense seems like a good fit for him. If Fangio employs Asomugha as I envision it, Nnamdi will be able to use his long arms to press opposing receivers. A jam at the line of scrimmage will throw off the timing and allow the Niners’ front seven to get after the quarterback. If he excels in that role early on, it would not be surprising to see him start with Tarell Brown in the base defense for the majority of the season.