Nnamdi Asomugha is now the San Francisco 49ers No.3 cornerback, overtaking fourth-year pro Tramaine Brock, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday.
“He’s done well in his reps that he’s had in the game and in practice,” Fangio said, via the team’s website. “Particularly the last two or three weeks, he’s played much better.”
Asomugha, 32, has allowed just one catch for five yards in 39 snaps in pass coverage this preseason, according to Pro Football Focus.
“Brock was nursing an injury prior to the third preseason game and the second preseason game, which allowed Nnamdi to move ahead,” Fangio said. “Now Nnamdi’s nursing a little injury. It’s a little bit unsettled because of the injury situation, more so than anything.”
Fangio questioned whether Asomugha, entering his 11th season, “still (had) some gas left in his tank” earlier on, in training camp. But Asomugha has been active and versatile when inserted into the right side of the defense – and the left.
“He’s still playing at a good enough level to be a major part of our defense,” Fangio said. “If he’s the third corner, he’s going to get somewhere between – if you use the last two years as a barometer – 50 and 65 percent of the snaps. That should be a good enough gauge.”