We already posted the full transcript from Friday's post-practice press conference from San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula, but there was one aspect of it I wanted to highlight in its own post. Tomsula was asked about the development of cornerbacks Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser, especially given they're coming off significant injuries.
Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014, and Acker went 10 picks later, officially a sixth-round pick himself. Reaser is on Trent Baalke's All-ACL team after undergoing surgery prior to the aforementioned draft, while Acker was sidelined for the regular season with a stress fracture. We've seen nothing from Reaser to this point, but Acker was a standout throughout training camp.
When asked about his impressions on Acker and Reaser, Tomsula said that they are "moving along pretty good," and suggested that the only reason the media asked the question is because they noticed those two popping on Friday.
"That one inside move and Reaser came back and jumped on that thing," Tomsula said, "Those guys, they are doing good."
He went on to say that they are doing "everything that is being asked of them." Tomsula, who noted that both NaVorro Bowman and Kendall Hunter were guys with limited rep counts due to their ongoing recoveries, said that Acker and Reaser are doing so well that he isn't being "as tight on rep counts" with them.
It will be interesting to see how Reaser and Acker come along this season. I legitimately don't know what to expect out of them. Fooch wrote a 90-in-90 for Reaser already and Acker is forthcoming. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area also wrote a quick post on the pair following Tomsula's press conference, for some more information.
With Tramaine Brock and presumably Dontae Johnson or Shareece Wright entrenched as starters, I'm not sure how things will shake up behind them. Chris Cook and potentially even Jimmie Ward are the easy answers, but there's certainly room for one of Reaser and Acker, or even both. Obviously, I'm dialing back my expectations, at least as far as taking things in OTAs and giving them too much substance. Still, it's good to see guys running around and looking like they're not particularly limited following relatively debilitating injuries.