Aussie League Champion Jarryd Hayne to play running back for 49ers

49ERS coach Jim Tomsula says he saw something in Aussie Jarryd Hayne against the New York Giants last week that gives him confidence the Aussie can step up as a first class running back.

49er's Coach Thomas MCGaughey
49er’s Coach Thomas MCGaughey

Jarryd Hayne is expected to get more snaps for the 49ers against the Ravens: October 17, 201510:54am

Jarryd Hayne has ‘ability’ to be the best

NFL: 49ers special teams coach Thomas McGaughey says Aussie Jarryd Hayne can be the best in the NFL.

From Brendan Power

Congratulations to Jarryd Hayne, a guy I once loved to hate, admittedly only when he pulled on the Blue jumper to represent his home state of New South Wales in the epic Rugby League battle that is called The State of Origin, which pits the two most gifted and entertaining football teams in the world, Queensland and New South Wales against each other every year.

27 year old Aussie rookie Jarryd Hayne to play running back

I as a proud and passionate Queenslander was duty bound to curse his every move against my proud and gallant home team.

But as a lover of sport and sportsmanship, Rugby League in particular, I realised this guy had something special when he played for Australia against New Zealand in the final of the Rugby League World Cup in England 2013, he had come of age on that tour, in one of the best team performances I have ever seen in any sport Australia to a man was brilliant as they kept New Zealand scoreless over 80 minutes.

I now take my hat off to you Jarryd Hayne, what you have achieved is truly special, you are already an inspiration and a champion to so many, your mum must be bloody proud mate smile emoticon , you have done us all proud, anyone to whom following your dream, being the best you can be, rugby league and Australia means anything, go for it champ, enjoy every moment.
Oh yes I think you look a lot better in red mate 🙂

Jarryd Hayne keeps impressing: by Tyson Otto

49ERS coach Jim Tomsula says he saw something in Aussie Jarryd Hayne against the New York Giants last week that gives him confidence the Aussie can step up as a first class running back.


The 27-year-old rookie could have the biggest game of his NFL career against the Baltimore Ravens at Levi’s Stadium on Monday morning with star running backs Carlos Hyde (foot) and Reggie Bush (calf) both nursing injuries.

Kick-returner Bruce Ellington is also nursing a calf injury.

Tomsula confirmed he may try to ease the load on Hyde against the Ravens this week by using secondary running backs Bush, Hayne and Mike Davis.

Bush has not practiced all week and was not seen on the field in today’s session.

With both Hyde and Bush under an injury cloud, some NFL commentators have declared carrying Hayne is too big a risk because he doesn’t have enough experience with the offensive team.

However, Tomsula today confirmed he has no hesitation about using Hayne as a potential first-string running back.

When asked if he saw something in Hayne during the 49ers’ 30-27 loss to the Giants on Monday that gives him confidence in the former Parramatta Eels star as more than just a punt returner Tomsula said: “Yeah, Jarryd’s improving daily”.

Jarryd Hayne could be big part of the Niners attack.Source:News Corp Australia

“Again, we keep going back to it, it’s a guy that’s never played football. He’s improving daily. He keeps improving. Mike Davis is improving daily.”

With Bush considered a “doubtful” chance to play against the Ravens, Tomsula confirmed Hayne and Davis will be the No. 2 and No. 3 options at running back behind Hyde.

“They’d be the guys,” he said before the team’s training session today.

Tomsula said he doesn’t believe Hyde’s injury is serious, but admits Bush may not be fit to face Baltimore.

“Reggie, today they’re going to do some work with him on the side,” he said.

“We’ll find out exactly what’s going on there. Again, I feel good about it not being, how do I say that, a terrible thing. It was tightened.

“With Carlos Hyde, Carlos did individual (training) yesterday, maybe I should have given you guys a warning, but (he did) individual, left individual, went to the training room like we wanted him to do and then he came back out for the teams periods. “We’re going to monitor Carlos in the week leading up to the games. That’s how we’re going to do that.

“His foot is hurt. It’s sore so they put an orthotic in there and you have to get use to wearing that. We fully expect him to play and those things, but I know we have to manage it.

“He dinged his foot (against New York). I don’t know if it was playing or someone stepped on it. He didn’t say. His foot was sore.”

It may have been this run that impressed Tomsula.Source:Reuters

Jarryd Hayne
Jarryd Hayne

He said they will not make any decisions about which running backs will receive more snaps should Hyde and Bush both need to be rested.

“I don’t know. We’re going to play that by year,” he said.

“Obviously if we have opportunities to have people play, we want to do that in all positions. We just have to monitor it and see where it is.”

Hayne’s best chance at getting more game time could be as kick returner on top of his regular punt return duties.

Wide receiver Ellington has been the Niners’ No. 1 kick returner this season, but he missed a training session earlier this week to receive treatment on a calf complaint.

“Bruce, tightened up yesterday at practice,” Tomsula said.

“I don’t know about that. I know he got the treatment. We’ll find out this morning. They’ll work him out over there.

“We’re just trying to get Bruce healthy. He’s had a string of bad luck with things. So he’s just trying to get 100 per cent right and going.”


Doubtful: RB Reggie Bush (calf)

Questionable: LB Ahmad Brooks (not injury related, shoulder), TE Vernon Davis (knee), WR Bruce Ellington (calf), LB Eli Harold (knee), RB Carlos Hyde (foot), G Brandon Thomas (ankle) Probable: G Alex Boone (shoulder), LB NaVorro Bowman (not injury related), TE Vance McDonald (chest)


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