Rumph struggling to make plays

49ers cornerback Mike Rumph has been picked on by the opposition early and often in recent weeks.

Updated: December 18, 2002, 3:35 PM ET
By James C. Black | ESPN.com

Mike Rumph was supposed to help the San Francisco 49ers' pass defense. But in recent weeks, he's epitomized the secondary's struggles.

In each of the team's past three losses, the first-round draft pick from Miami has been victimized in a crucial situation. Most recently, Rumph was beaten by Donald Driver for the eventual game-winning touchdown as the Packers knocked off San Francisco 20-14 on Sunday.

At one point, the 49ers benched Rumph this season, but have been forced to play and even ...

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