SANTA CLARA –- Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is getting his first look at 49ers defensive lineman Tank Carradine in pads.
Fangio mostly likes what he sees from the 2013 second-round pick. Carradine saw action in no games as a rookie due to a knee injury he sustained to conclude his college career. He was inactive for five games and finished the season on injured reserve.
“He’s getting better. He looks kind of like I thought he would,” Fangio said on Sunday. “He’s healthy, which is a good thing. He was never healthy last year and now he’s getting a chance to learn and show what he can do mentally.”
Fangio wants young players to earn the playing time by outperforming veteran players. And Fangio has a simple requirement for Carradine to get onto the field: He must learn his responsibilities within the team’s defense.
“Sitting in those meetings doesn’t mean you’ve learned it and he’s living proof of that,” Fangio said. “So he’s got to do better from an assignment standpoint for us to feel comfortable to play him. Right now, he’s missing too many things mentally.”