San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula met with the media on Tuesday, and he provided some clarity on the team's cornerback position. Tomsula said that one of Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker will start opposite Tramaine Brock, and Dontae Johnson will also be in the mix. He also said Brock should not be on the injury report this week.
Acker and Reaser both had strong preseasons, although I felt Acker finished stronger. The bigger question is how the nickel and dime defenses will shake out. Brock has said he wanted to claim the slot corner job, so if he is healthy, who then comes in outside? And then who is the nickel? Does Shareece Wright spend most of his weeks as one of the seven inactives? Some would suggest releasing him, but I can see wanting to have him around in case injuries cost the team at some point.
The news about Brock's health is certainly good to know. He dealt with injuries most of last season, so getting him back to 100 percent is big. He is viewed as the team's No. 1 cornerback, with the expectation that he will following the opposing team's best receiver most weeks. If he can stay healthy, that would be huge for cornerback depth. It would give the team some options to rotate and rest guys on occasion.