Coming into training camp, Nnamdi Asomugha knew there were no guarantees. He was fighting for a roster spot.
In the early few days, Asomugha looked much like the shutdown corner he once was but as training camp marched on, his weaknesses began to show.
Somewhat depleted in their secondary, the 49ers are willing to look past his shortcomings as Asomugha has not only earned a roster spot with the Niners, but the third cornerback job to be exact.
Per the San Francisco Chronicle:
In three exhibition games, Asomugha has allowed one catch for 5 yards in 39 snaps in pass coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. Quarterbacks have tossed four passes in his direction and have a 39.6 passer rating when targeting him.
As a result, Old Man Asomugha will have a new title when the 49ers open the regular season against Green Bay on Sept. 8: No. 3 cornerback.
Fangio said Asomugha has overtaken Tramaine Brock for that role, which had been filled by Chris Culliver before he sustained a season-ending ACL tear in training camp. Asomugha jumped ahead while Brock was dealing with an injury the past few weeks. Asomugha, who wore a noncontact jersey in practice Tuesday, is himself at less than full strength.
Still, Fangio said he has won the No. 3 spot.
“He’s done well in his reps that he’s had in the game and in practice,” Fangio said. “Particularly the last two or three weeks, he’s played much better.”