When the San Francisco 49ers decided to hit one on Samuel Womack in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the move was seen as a move that would upgrade the nickelback position.
However, with K’Waun Williams arriving in the Denver Broncos and the 5-foot-10, 189-pound athlete arriving on board, longtime Bay Area journalist and 49ers insider Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area wrote in April 30: “Womack faces a steep climb to come out as a rookie. The 49ers already have three players on their roster with experience lining up against slot receivers: Darqueze Dennard, Deodoore Lenoir and Dontae Johnson. But Maiocco added that the 49ers have “appreciated how much he has” after leading the Central American Conference (MAC) in passing splits for three seasons.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, August 10, and 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans gave an update on how the new cornerback is progressing.
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‘Stick’ & ‘Challenge’
The Ryans spoke to the Bay Area media to discuss the rookie leaving Toledo.
Despite his size, plus going into a rejuvenated DB room where there are containment camps in the camp, Ryans described what he sees every day from the former Toledo Rockets star.
“With Womack, I think for him, in this whole camp, I have seen progress. Every day, I see progress,” Ryans said. “I like the way he’s in the man’s coverage; He’s stuck, he’s challenged. “
And how was Womack “sticky” and “challenging” in Santa Clara?
“There is a lot of scramble pitching there, PBU (passing the breakup). So he’s going in a really good direction, just keep getting better,” Ryans said. “I’m glad where he is and it’s exciting to see his growth and continued growth.”
Ryans tackles ‘3rd CB’ situation
While Womack demonstrated the skills the 49ers picked him, plus while the 49ers have seen their rise in aerial moves, this unit has faced the situation This awkwardness: Injured for their expected CB1 and CB2.
Charvarius Ward and Emmanuel Moseley are currently nursing injuries – Ward has a strain and Moseley has a hamstring. According to The Athletic’s David Lombardi, second-year full-back Ambry Thomas and free agent plus a colleague Toledo Rocket for Womack Ka’Dar Hollman take up first-team CB duties.
Which leads to this question posed to the Ryans: Is now the right time for someone to say “Am I the number 3 full-back?”
“Oh sure. It’s a great opportunity,” Ryans said. “When you have an injury, it sucks when you have the men out, when the men miss a time, but also, for the people behind them, this is your chance. . Step up, showcase what you can do, showcase what you can add to our team, what kind of value are you adding to our team, so these guys will recommend that. And the depth in the corner, a lot of players, a lot of people vying for places on our team, so what an opportunity for the boys to step up and own it and embrace it. “
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