Jaquiski Tartt makes an interception during the second quarter of the San Francisco 49ers VS. Carolina Panthers game at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jaquiski Tartt plays himself into bigger role on 49ers D

While the 49ers’ cornerbacks have struggled with the increased responsibility of playing in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s system, the safeties have exceeded expectations. 

The biggest standout has been Jaquiski Tartt, who has been the sixth-best safety in the NFL through the first four games, according to Pro Football Focus.

Eric Reid’s injury created an opportunity and Tartt has taken advantage of it. So, he can expect to stay involved even when Reid returns in the coming weeks. 

“It always goes back to our whole philosophy of getting our best 11 on the football field. At all cost,” Saleh told reporters on Thursday. “Finding a way to put people in position. It’s a great problem, one we’ll cross when we get there for sure.”

Saleh said that Tartt has done “everything you want.”

As for Reid, he reported Wednesday that he’s feeling better all the time and that he’s itching to get back on the field.

“[The training staff is] holding me down, I’m fighting them,” Reid said. “Me and [head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson] had an intense conversation today.”

Reid hasn’t practiced this week and is unlikely to play against the Colts.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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