He’s the fifth-most experienced player on the 49ers roster, but Nnamdi Asomugha is a rookie of sorts this offseason.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound cornerback has been learning San Francisco’s defense this offseason during Organized Team Activities and will continue his studying with another three-day OTA session at team headquarters. Even if Asomugha is entering his 11th season in the NFL, there’s still plenty of defensive nuances to master at this time of the year.
The veteran cornerback signed a one-year contract with the 49ers this offseason to compete for a coveted position in San Francisco’s defensive backfield and has been an active participant in the team’s offseason program. So far, Asomugha has stood out at practice.
The tallest cornerback on the roster was examined closely by Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com.
“In the first organized team activity practice open to the media, Asomugha was a 49ers’ starting cornerback in team drills,” Lynch wrote. “He was substituting for starter Tarell Brown, who was not in attendance during the voluntary practice.”
Lynch noted that Asomugha wasn’t afraid to use his physical tools to his advantage.
“Asomugha often latched on quickly to the receivers he was covering and he muscled them. However, he had difficulty sustaining coverage on longer plays, which isn’t surprising at age 31.”
Asomugha’s coverage skills will continue to be analyzed with Tuesday’s OTA session being opened to the media.
More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted that Colin Kaepernick will be under the spotlight without Michael Crabtree’s services.
Maiocco listed the early contenders for Crabtree’s starting spot.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed the chances of A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette breaking out in 2013.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined San Francisco’s possible starting wideout tandem for Week 1.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com noted that Mario Manningham didn’t drop a single pass in 2012.
Kaepernick was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the Best Male Athlete category.
49ers.com shared photos from Jim Harbaugh’s experience at the Indy 500.
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