BALTIMORE -- It doesn’t count. But in so many ways, it does.
Chris Cook is entering his fifth season as an NFL cornerback, and it finally happened on Thursday night. Cook registered his first NFL interception. OK, it’s the preseason, but he’s never been credited for a pick in the NFL, even in the preseason. Cook said he had “one or two” interceptions nullified by penalties.
His snare Thursday can’t be taken away. His thoughts when the ball was coming his way?
“Just catch it,” he said with a laugh after the 49ers’ 23-3 loss to the Ravens.
Cook’s early-August interception was satisfying because he spent most of his time since signing with the 49ers in March working on ball skills. He has made several interceptions in training camp, including a beauty in the end zone at at the first practice at Levi’s Stadium on Monday.
“It felt good to get that one under the belt,” Cook said. “It’s all downhill from here, and [I need to] keep the ball rolling.”