Lorenzo Jerome: Riser
If you have read some of my other articles over the past few months, this name is probably familiar to you now.
Defensive back Lorenzo Jerome, the small-school (St. Francis) undrafted free agent is a playmaker on defense, plain and simple.
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If his 18 interceptions during his college career aren’t enough, he has already picked off two more so far in camp.
But it’s not just his early camp success that has him rising quickly, but a slew of injuries to other players in the secondary that could push him further up the depth chart.
To add to that bad news, Jaquiski Tartt (ribs), the immediate backup at safety, also was dinged up. And while none of the injuries appears to be serious, the injury history of both players and overall lack of veteran depth at the safety position is a cause for concern for the Niners.
Jerome is taking first-team reps to start the fourth day of camp, and will compete with Chanceller James and Tartt until Reid and Ward can get back out on the field.
With his playmaking ability and repeated reps, Jerome’s stock is rising, and he may not be taking a back seat for long.