29 Oct Coleman’s Return Means Hasty MUST Be the Workhorse
The 49ers on Wednesday, September 28th, officially opened the practice windows for Jordan Reed, K’Waun Williams, and Tevin Coleman. All three are eligible to play in the upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks.
With the amount of injuries the team has suffered over the course of the season, the timing of these men coming back is key to keep the streak of wins the team has garnered after beating both the Los Angeles Rams, and New England Patriots. Of the three men returning, the most intriguing is arguably Tevin Coleman.
Coleman, who has not played since week 2 vs. the New York Jets, is returning at a time in which the team could use all of the help they can get.
The team just lost running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to a high-ankle sprain suffered against the Patriots. Aside from him, the absence of Raheem Mostert has left a major void in terms of efficiency in the ground game. Mostert was averaging over 150 scrimmage yards this season.
Enter Tevin Coleman, who, although has only carried the ball 18 times for 30 yards, brings speed and toughness to a position that needs a spark. One issue to bring up: JaMycal Hasty. What is unique about this “issue” is that it isn’t a problem to have Hasty, but getting him touches is.
Hasty has 103 rushing yards on 20 carries, averaging over 5 yards per carry. He’s also caught the ball 3 times for twice for 25 yards.
Even with limited touches, Hasty has shown off his quickness and agility in his short time while playing. His features as an offensive skill player should be used more in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Much like Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, Hasty feasts in the open field, utilizing his agility to avoid contact and fight for extra yards.
Needless to say, the team will likely ease Coleman back, as with the injury luck the team has had, they cannot afford to rush him back. With this in mind, Shanahan should highly consider getting Hasty more involved, as his ability with the ball in his hands gives the team the potential to add a different dynamic to an already-potent offense.