• Matt Woolsey

49ers Running Back Training Camp Primer: Keeping Foot on the Gas

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Man, oh man, it is here, and we are not talking about the Olympics.Football is back, baby. Training camps have begun, which means we are only a few weeks away from the start of the season. Stars will be born, legends will be made, and some people will, unfortunately, be heading to the unemployment line.

Someone not heading to the unemployment line is one Kyle Juszczyk. The fanbase seemed to be split on whether or not the front office should bring back Juszczyk since he is a guy who averaged 43 percent of the offensive snaps last season. Nevertheless, the front office did get Juszczyk back on a five-year, $27 million contract. And I expect him to come in clutch down the field or open a wide hole for Raheem Mostert.

Yes, another player not hitting the unemployment line this season will be Mostert. Mostert is currently in the final year of his contract, and at age 29, he will be hoping to get one more score before he retires. Mostert’s 2020 campaign was plagued with injuries. However, when he was in the lineup, he played great, averaging five yards a carry and could have had over 1,000 yards. He will want to prove himself a starter.

Not only did the 49ers draft Ohio State running back Trey Sermon, they moved up to get him. Sermon is 6’0”, 215 pounds,and built more like a wide receiver than a running back. He can run, he can catch, he can pass-block, and he will run over people if he has to when he has the ball. It appears Kyle Shanahan has a type.

The 49ers were not done, though; they drafted Elijah Mitchell in the sixth round. He has big-play ability, and the 49ers were willing to use undrafted free agents as their starters in the past, so don’t let the sixth-round pick make you think otherwise. However, he does have competition in the backfield.

The 49ers also have JaMycal Hasty from last season, who shined here and there before breaking his collarbone and missing the last half of the season. Jeff Wilson Jr. tore his meniscus in May and will likely be out until October at the earliest. And then finally, there is Wayne Gallman, who probably will say hello to the unemployment line.

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