No. 1: Cornerback Keith Reaser
Perhaps this was the biggest surprise of the made-it players over the weekend.
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Cornerback Keith Reaser’s stock had fallen throughout training camp, and he was clearly losing the battle with fellow corner Dontae Johnson for San Francisco’s No. 2 corner position.
Oh, and that pass-interference penalty in the end zone against the Minnesota Vikings at the tail end of preseason Week 3 didn’t help matters either.
So, yes. It was a bit of a shock to see Reaser make the cut.
Here’s why it makes some sense, though. The Niners don’t exactly have a lot of proven depth at the position. No. 1 cornerback Rashard Robinson is entering only his second year and looked awfully rough during the preseason. And third-round draftee Ahkello Witherspoon has a long way to go before cracking the starting lineup.
And with slot-corner candidate Will Redmond placed on the waived/injured list, nickel back K’Waun Williams doesn’t have a backup.
Reaser can double at the nickel, which certainly increased his value and probably influenced the decision to keep him around.
Yet it wouldn’t be a shock to see San Francisco comb the waiver wire for additional help in the secondary, meaning Reaser’s long-term prognosis could still be in doubt.