Nate Clements comes back in 2010 looking to get the starting cornerback role back after he lost his job to bad play. Nate Clements was visually disappointed about the decision of coach Singletary to demote him, but became injured and ruled out for the 2009 season, before he had a chance to regain his job back. Well he is back this year to regain his position.
Some faithful fans want Nate Clements to move to safety, while others want him to regain his form and get his job back. This year there are seven veterans competing for jobs with four rookie hopefuls looking to make an impact onto the roster at the CB position.
Tarell Brown took over the starting job for Nate Clements in week 8 against the Colts. Tarell Brown's play at times was better than average, and at times was unspectactular. His worst game came against the Green Bay Packers where he was exploited most of the day. Tarell looks to be one of the top three cornerbacks in camp this year.
Shawntee Spencer impressed many of the loyal faithful with his play last year, but was totally exposed by the Green Bay Packers passing attack. He also was sucked in by a running back pass play in the Indy game to give the Colts the win. It is assumed by this writer that Shawntee will be one of the starters on defense in 2010. Spencer showed great coverage ability in 2009. Hopefully he can build on that play in 2010.
Will James is a 10 year veteran who played pretty well for Detroit last year. He started 14 games and had 73 total tackles, two interceptions and one TD. He should move into the nickle back position if he doesn't challenge Shawntee Spencer or Tarell Brown for the weak side corner back position.
Karl Paymah, a one-time resident of Culver City California and former player for the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos comes to town hoping to land a position. Paymah signed as a free agent in 2010.
Keith Smith is a five-year veteran who hopes to make an impact on the team. He played three games for the 49ers late in the 2009 year, after the team was decimated with injuries in the defensive back field.
Rookies Patrick Stoudamire, Tramaine Brock, Phillip Adam, and Leroy Vann don't offer enough talent at this point in their careers to remove the veterans from their positions, but hopefully one of them will come in and compete for a starting position.
None of the rookies or veterans are as good as Nate Clements, but can one of them cause him to finally learn to lead?