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Tramaine Brock missed the preseason game against the Ravens due to injury.
The defensive secondary was the 49ers’ biggest concern as training camp began. Unfortunately, after the first week of camp and the 49ers’ first exhibition game, the secondary remains a major question mark.
The 49ers’ top cornerback,Tramaine Brock, sat out the first game due to injury. His healthy return is a key to the defense.
Rookie nickel back Jimmie Ward did a decent job and cornerback Chris Cook grabbed an interception, but there were too many lapses with the entire group.
The Ravens completed 17 of 26 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. The defensive backs were frequently out of position or just beaten in coverage.
As defensive coordinator Vic Fangio searches for consistency from this group, nobody really stood out as a player that will step forward and seize a job. If the 49ers have any hopes of winning the division and making a serious run at the Super Bowl, this group must improve substantially.
Rookies Dontae Johnson and Kenneth Acker had trouble against the Ravens’ second and third units. They do not look ready to be anything more than special-teams contributors at this stage.
General manager Trent Baalke did not go after a proven veteran cornerback in the offseason. He selected Ward, a safety, in the first round. Ward may turn out to be a solid nickel back and likely will take over at one of the safety positions in a couple years. However, this still leaves a very thin crop of cornerbacks.
The fact that Baalke waited until the 129th overall pick to draft a true cornerback may ultimately lead to the demise of the 49ers’ hopes to win their sixth Super Bowl.