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Nnamdi Asomugha can play “major role” for 49ers defense

Nnamdi Asomugha, Gerell Robinson AP

In early August, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the jury was still out in terms of whether cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha would have a role on defense with the team in 2013. 

August is almost over and Asomugha has made good use of the month because Fangio now says that Asomugha is the team’s third cornerback. Asomugha and Tramaine Brock were competing to take the spot after Chris Culliver was lost for the season with a torn ACL and Brock had the early lead, but Asomugha has “played much better” and moved ahead of Brock on the depth chart. It’s a big role in the 49ers defense as Culliver played on more than half the snaps last season and it’s one Fangio thinks Asomugha can handle.

“He’s still playing at a good enough level to be a major part of our defense,” Fangio said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Brock is still on hand and Eric Wright is on the non-football injury list awaiting clearance to return to action, so the 49ers have options should they decide to make a change in the future. For now, though, Asomugha will have a chance to write a more successful chapter in his career than he was able to write during his two years with the Eagles. 

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25 Responses to “Nnamdi Asomugha can play “major role” for 49ers defense”
  1. radrntn says: Aug 29, 2013 12:17 PM

    he is the best db on the team.

  2. 1phd says: Aug 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    Makes sense since he’s earned it in camp and preseason with his play. Let the games begin.

  3. mn1288 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:31 PM

    Dude is a shell of his former self.

  4. jrazz22 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    The Seahawks suck

  5. jayniner says: Aug 29, 2013 12:33 PM

    Fangio has spoken, and I for one won’t question one of the best defensive minds in football right now…

  6. prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:41 PM

    Lolz -Nnamdi as the #3?? you gotta be kidding me, that just tells me how desperate the 49ers are.

    The Pack are liking their chops to play against that weak secondary.

  7. ingraven says: Aug 29, 2013 1:04 PM

    good for him. he’s needed a change ever since he had on that green n white jersey.

  8. mungman69 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:07 PM

    Good luck with this guy. Hopefully the 49ers have 10 other great defensive players because someone is going to have to cover this guys ass.

  9. trollhammer20 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:08 PM

    Practicing against the ten #1 WRs the Niners have apparently produced some results.

  10. kbdubya7788 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:25 PM

    The difference 2 years make in the N.F.L. this guy refused to be moved to a nickel-slot position for the Eagles, which literally forced Asante Samuel to be traded to Atl. Once he received the nod to start He was constantly beat by double moves, and faster receivers it had nothing to do with athleticism, “he possesses all the necessary tools” but more mental lapses where he put himself in bad positions. In other words he couldn’t hack covering No.1 receivers. Now after 2 terrible years where your stock has totally tanked, You are humble enough to accept a role which was better suited to your talents in the first place. “if he had accepted this role 2 years ago He would not be in this situation competing for a job.

  11. dabraunco says: Aug 29, 2013 1:32 PM

    “The Pack are liking their chops to play against that weak secondary”

    Greg Roman & Harbaugh are doing the same thinking about the Packers secondary, scratch that, whole defensive side of the ball.

    Call em the swiss cheese heads all the holes the 49ers offense poked in that defense to end their year.

  12. jgfromthenw says: Aug 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    “He’s still playing at a good enough level to be a major part of our defense”

    Probably not the best sign of confidence saying “good enough.”

  13. steelerben says: Aug 29, 2013 1:47 PM

    prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:41 PM
    Lolz -Nnamdi as the #3?? you gotta be kidding me, that just tells me how desperate the 49ers are.

    The Pack are liking their chops to play against that weak secondary.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Something tells me that the Packers aren’t licking their chops to meet up with the 49ers. I’m guessing you’ve repressed their last game in the playoffs. It wasn’t pretty.

  14. kylehealy says: Aug 29, 2013 1:49 PM

    prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:41 PM
    Lolz -Nnamdi as the #3?? you gotta be kidding me, that just tells me how desperate the 49ers are.

    The Pack are liking their chops to play against that weak secondary.
    —————————————————
    Pretty much the same secondary as last year, minus Culliver and add in Nnamdi. Pack played them twice last year, how’d that work out?

  15. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 29, 2013 1:53 PM

    prettlyflyforawhitewoman-

    the packers licking their chops for week 1??haha, u mean the smith brothers and our pass rush are! with that cfl offense of line timmy has created haha

  16. crj202 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:04 PM

    My how far we’ve fallen…From the most coveted CB on the Free Agent market to barely making the team…wow…

  17. Lev says: Aug 29, 2013 2:14 PM

    Nnamdi got embarrassed by the teams in the NFC East point blank.

    He looked like a stud facing the Chiefs, and the pre-Peyton Broncos twice a year. But when he had to play divisional teams with legitimate passers, Nnamdi couldnt cut it.

    That being said, I am looking forward to seeing what he can do this year, and hope he has a resurgence.

  18. rally411 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:15 PM

    mungman69 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:07 PM

    Good luck with this guy. Hopefully the 49ers have 10 other great defensive players because someone is going to have to cover this guys ass.

    Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks

    They have more great defensive players than your team does…

  19. seattlecoug says: Aug 29, 2013 2:17 PM

    jrazz22 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:32 PM
    The Seahawks suck

    ________________________

    You are a scared little, little man. Your beat down in week 2 is almost here.

  20. rally411 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:19 PM

    prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:41 PM

    “The Pack are liking their chops to play against that weak secondary.”

    “The Pack” got handled twice last year by these same Niners when GB had a BETTER line situation. Whaddaya think is going to happen with what GB is trodding out in WK 1, genius?

  21. ballinmore says: Aug 29, 2013 2:19 PM

    I feel like Comedy Central got more out of Dave Chappelle’s $50 million contract than the Eagles got out of Nnamdi’s.

  22. steelerconsensus says: Aug 29, 2013 2:25 PM

    radrntn says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:17 PM
    he is the best db on the team.
    ________________________________

    He wouldn’t even be the best DB in Detroit.

  23. cmtumd says: Aug 29, 2013 3:11 PM

    Hopefully the Niners don’t have any rules against eating your lunch alone in your car.

    YOU GOT NNAMDI’D!!!

  24. markaray06 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:44 PM

    He’s married to Kerry Washington! That’ll take the edge off allowing him to play care free with no pressure! His confidence is back and he’s home (Westside)! Also, playing around 60% of the defensive snaps will keep him fresh! #Winning

  25. rjth2012 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    I have watched Eagles football and the NFL for decades. I know a “toasted” player when I see one. This guy stole money from the Eagles last year and he is still stealing money from the Eagles year.
    I agree with “ballinmore” is profootballtalk turning into a comedy website???
    Nnamdi could not cover a refrigerator with the plug pulled out!!! He looks more like a Macy’s mannequin playing defense but the mannequin might actually knock a ball down by accident!
    Nnamdi made Asante Samuel look like a vicious hitter! CALL HOME Nnamdi Go there and stay there with your new wife!

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