ALAMEDA – Tracy Porter is used to moving around. He spent most of training camp playing outside cornerback with the first team, slot corner with the second unit nickel package.
Now he’s doing so from one play to the next. The sixth-year veteran is being asked to rotate positions this season, with first-round pick D.J. Hayden entering as an outside corner in the nickel, when Porter slides inside.
Hayden isn’t ready for full-time duty after missing the offseason program and being limited through most of training camp. He isn’t playing to Porter’s level at this point either, making it smarter to keep the veteran on the field all the time.
All cornerback positions aren’t created equal. They’re asked to do much different things in the slot than they are outside. The slot corner must play physical against a receiver who can start his route in either direction. He’s also more active against the run.
An outside corner typically guards a bigger, faster receiver.
Porter has played both positions, and doesn’t find it complex.
“I’ve been playing corner in base situations and slot corner in the nickel packages,” Porter said. “The coaches have been comfortable putting me in that position in the same game and I’m comfortable switching back and forth. It’s something I don’t think much about anymore. I just go play.”
New injuries: Sio Moore (foot)
Returning from injuries: K Sebastian Janikowski (calf)
Still sidelined: TE David Ausberry (shoulder), LT Jared Veldheer (triceps), OT Menelik Watson (knee)
Injured reserve: RB Latavius Murray (ankle), K Eddie Carmona (leg), G Tony Bergstrom (foot)
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee)
Quote of the day: “““It’s kind of like when you put your shoes on, and if you have a left-footed shoe and you put your right foot in it, you’re like, ‘Damn, something ain’t right.’” -- offensive tackle Khalif Barnes on switching from right to left tackle.