At 31-years old and in his eleventh professional season, it’s safe to say that Nnamdi Asomugha may be in the twilight of his days as an elite NFL cornerback. If San Francisco is indeed the final stage in an exceptional and at times turbulent career, then Asomugha will have come full circle. First making a name for himself as a standout safety at UC Berkeley, and later as an All-Pro cornerback next door with the Oakland Raiders, Asumugha has solidified himself over the last decade as a gridiron staple in the Bay Area.
Now that his transgressions in Philadelphia are far behind him, his new affiliation with the 49ers offers the veteran a fresh start and a possible shot at an elusive Super Bowl ring. While on paper this may represent the makings of a happy ending, those who watched him play during Sunday’s game against Green Bay may have reason for doubt.
Missing a series of key tackles early in the game, Asomugha was most noticeably beat late during the second quarter when Jordy Nelson effortlessly pushed though him on a route to gain an extra 2o-yards after the catch. As the second half progressed, he was able to make adjustments and lock down coverage salvaging his first game in red and gold.
With Seattle’s looming offensive threat on the horizon, Asomugha will have another chance to prove himself against the Seahawks’ air attack. Attempting to contain Seahawk wide receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin will be next on the agenda, and Asomugha will have to answer the call once again. Tate in particular, should have no issue teaming with quarterback Russell Wilson and utilizing his speed to test him early and often during Week 2.
Nnamdi Asomugha still has time to prove that he can be the perfect defensive compliment to Carlos Rogers. However, the question of whether he still has the ability remains up in the air.