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Ambry Thomas on the outside allows the 49ers to kick Deommodore Lenoir inside over Isaiah Oliver, which is an improvement.

49ers Need to Keep CB Ambry Thomas as the Starter

I never thought I would be saying this.

The 49ers need to keep cornerback Ambry Thomas as the starter. It was a surprise to see Thomas out there when the

John Lynch, 49ers have 'good plan' for rookie CB Ambry Thomas – NBC Sports  Bay Area & California49ers went to their nickel defense. Usually it has been Isaiah Oliver who starts in the slot, while Deommodore Lenoir remains outside.

However, Oliver was abysmal during the 49ers’ three game losing streak. Even before that, he wasn’t really cementing himself as an anchor. The only reason he was starting in the slot was because Thomas was viewed as the greater liability. But the change the 49ers made against the Jaguars was to keep Oliver off the field. Lenoir would kick inside, while Thomas held it down on the outside. And boy, did he have himself a mightily impressive game.

It might have been the best game of Thomas’ career along with potentially the greatest play he’s made in his career when he recovered a fumble that he forced and took it back for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Kyle Shanahan and a few players got way too excited and went onto the field, so the touchdown was wiped. It would’ve been an incredible moment for Thomas, but it does not take away the great game he had.

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