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49ers sign CB Teez Tabor to their practice squad, release OT Ryan Pope


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So much for that. Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the San Francisco 49ers were working out a pair of young cornerbacks. On Monday afternoon, the 49ers signed one. Former second-round pick Teez Tabor of the Detroit Lions is now a Niner. From earlier:

Tabor was a second-round selection by the Lions in 2017. He was released on August 30, 2019, by Detroit. Tabor is another player that has limited athleticism, and it shows when he plays. He played 276 snaps for Detriot in 2018 and had a grade of 32.2. His completion percentage allowed? 81.5. When I first read that I thought it was his quarterback rating when thrown at and I had to triple-check the number. At the combine, Tabor ran a 4.62, bench pressed 225 nine times and had a 31-inch vertical.

Tabor turns 24-years old in December, so he still has time to develop if the 49ers can find the right role for him. For whatever it’s worth, coming out of the draft, I thought Tabor was the best zone cornerback of the class.

So I can see why the 49ers would be interested in that regard.

In two seasons, per PFF, has given up 32 of 44 receptions for 464 yards, and five touchdowns. Tabor also has five penalties. He hasn’t recorded an interception and has one pass breakup in those 44 targets. In 2018, he allowed a passer rating of 158.3. His success rate was 38% last season.

This will be insurance in the event Emmanuel Moseley or Jason Verrett get banged up, since that would only leave D.J. Reed available. Since he’s on the practice squad, this may mean Verrett will be available Monday night.

To make room for Tabor, the 40ers released OT Ryan Pope from the practice squad.