During a month of unprecedented injuries, one bright spot for the 49ers is the return of Jason Verrett.
After not having played a full NFL game in over three years, Verrett gave a standout performance in the 49ers’ 36-9 win over the New York Giants. In 28 coverage snaps, the cornerback allowed two completions on four targets for nine yards according to Pro Football Focus.
When coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Verrett’s return, a huge smile crept across his face before he started to respond.
“I was so happy for Jason Verrett,” Shanahan said. “He is a stud. He’s been a great player in this league and he has been through more, maybe even more than Jet has here in the last couple years.”
Verrett has suffered a multitude of injuries through his NFL career, but when healthy, he has been very successful. In 2015, the cornerback’s only season where he played in 10 or more games, he was selected to the Pro Bowl. He finished the season with three interceptions, 47 total tackles and 12 pass breakups.
After signing with the 49ers in 2019, Verrett barely has seen the field. He spent most of his first season with the club on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, but the 49ers’ front office gave the former first-round pick another chance, signing him to a one-year deal during the 2020 offseason.
Verrett had been playing well during training camp until the injury bug bit again. A strained hamstring cut his camp short and kept him out of the first two weeks of the season. Finally, when the team set up shop at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, he got the green light to participate in practice.
“He got his opportunity today and he had a great week of practice,” Shanahan said. “It was awesome watching him those three days. I felt like he was going to do a really good job today and then he did.
“Just seeing him after the game and how happy he was, he really earned it he deserves it and I’m pumped he’s on our team.”
Verrett likely will hold down a starting cornerback spot until Richard Sherman is eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 5. The 29-year old cornerback then will compete with Emmanuel Moseley, who currently is in concussion protocol.