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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

49ers' Chris Culliver looks ready to start


By on 3/19/2014 08:00:00 PM

San Francisco has two positions of need - wide receiver and cornerback. The original starting pair - Carlos Rogers (cut to free up cap space) and Tarrell Brown (signed with the Raiders) are no longer with the franchise. No worries. Chris Culliver looks like starting material writes Rui Thomas of Sportsoutwest.com.


Photo by Au Kirk via Wikimedia

The third round 2011 NFL draft pick might have been elevated last year had he not gone down in training camp. During a special-teams practice he tore his ACL. The injury ended the season before it began for the 6-foot 200-pound CB from South Carolina.

Culliver is likely to pair with Tramaine Brock as starting cornerbacks for the 2014 season. It leaves the 3rd spot open to Perrish Cox, Eric Wright and recently-signed Chris Cook to compete for. Rookies Darryl Morris and Dax Swanson are also on the team's roster. Morris played particularly well in the limited time he saw on the field last year.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke had this to say about Culliver's post rehab progress. He told CSNBayArea.com,

(Culliver) looks real good, and he’s working awfully hard. He’s at the facility every day and doing extra, and really doing a nice job. He’s matured a lot, both on the field and off the field, and it’s fun to watch.

Baalke likes what he has seen from Culliver during his rehabilitation. The 49ers are in talks with the CB's representation for an extension. He is going into the final season of his rookie contract deal.

Culliver told listeners and twitter followers today on 95.7 The Game that he is completely over his ACL injury from last year. That is good news for the faithful. The 49ers are still likely to use the draft as a resource to acquire additional talent for both the wide receiver and cornerback positions.

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