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Mike Rumph Finally Gets His Due
May 26 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
Head coach Steve Mariucci has praised a slew of players over the past two mini-camps, but only recently has he mentioned the teamís first round draft pick. Cornerback Mike Rumph who has been working closely with coach Brett Maxie has finally been give praise from the head coach. Rumph is considered a key addition to the defensive backfield for the 49ers, who want to be able to nock the Rams out of the NFC Westís top position.

Rumph showed progress between the two mini-camps that the 49ers have already held. He has apparently looked quite polished, particularly on the fundamentals, and is working aggressively at battling receivers at the line of scrimmage. Rumph is also making strides in learning the 49ers defensive schemes. The team believes he will be a big contributor this coming season.

Rumph is expected to be the first cornerback off the bench for the 49ers. The talented rookie will likely take some time to adjust to the NFL, as fellow corners Ahmed Plummer and Jason Webster did. The 49ers hope Rumphís maturity will aid him in speeding through the learning curve, in order to make him a force in the teamís defensive backfield.

The 49ers have made it a point this off-season to improve the defensive backfield. Rumph should be an integral part of doing that. He will be used in situations with multiple receivers, and will likely play inside, as starting corner Jason Webster - whoís quicker and shorter will likely move in side to cover the slot receiver who is typically shorter and faster. The 49ers really like having the ability to match up their corners on certain receiver - and feel that will be a tremendous aid to the defensive backfield.

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