The Jaguars placed Acker (ankle) on injured reserve Saturday. The fifth-year cornerback was fighting for a special teams and depth role with the Jaguars. He had 23 tackles and one interception for the Chiefs in that role in 2017.
Acker (groin) played a team-high 41 snaps at cornerback in the Chiefs' preseason opener against the 49ers. Acker left practice with a groin injury back in June, but it appears as though he's back to full strength after putting together a solid outing to kick off the preseason. While Acker did take the most snaps, he'll likely still be fighting for a depth spot at cornerback for the rest of training camp.
Acker was traded from the 49ers to the Chiefs on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Not assured of a roster spot, Acker was presumably traded for a conditional late-round pick. The 2014 sixth-round selection did make 13 starts for the injury-plagued 49ers last season, but he profiles as a No. 4 or 5 cornerback for most organizations.
Acker had been moved down in the 49ers' first unofficial depth chart. Acker was listed behind Dontae Johnson (who he beat for a starting role last year) and rookie Rashard Robinson. This comes as bit of a surprise after he put up respectable numbers in 2015 (65 tackles and three picks). This was the first depth chart released, so things can definitely change between now and the start of the regular season, but for now it appears that Acker has fell out of favor with defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil.
Antoine Bethea is set to start for the 49ers this season at strong safety with Eric Reid entrenched at free safety. But the former doesn't know who their secondary mates will be and he's expecting quite a battle. The team has no rookies at that position, but 2014 draftees Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser could be factors. Bethea says the competition has already begun. "We've had a short minicamp and everybody's learning, so there are really no position, but when training camp comes, there's going to be a lot of competition, a lot of good competition," he told NFL.com. I'm excited to see it."
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