When Jarryd Hayne signed with the San Francisco 49ers a couple weeks ago it came as a shock to most, myself
Rumor had it, the former NRL star was set to join the Detroit Lions. Then the 49ers swooped in at the 11th hour. But now it makes since – sort of. Earlier this week Hayne was joined by his closest NFL ally – Reggie Bush. Bush signed a one-year deal with the 49ers.
While no reports have surfaced and this is pure speculation, it can’t be just a coincidence that both Bush and Hayne are now on the same NFL roster.
It has been noted from the beginning that the NFL running back was a big advocate of Hayne and when Bush was a member of the Lions, Detroit was a front-runner for the dual-sport athlete’s services.
Either way, the addition of Bush to the San Francisco roster puts Hayne in an immediate bind. The former Parramatta Eel automatically becomes the fourth running back on the team’s depth chart. Not to mention, teams don’t usually carry four running backs on their 53-man roster or at the very least have them all active on gameday.
If Hayne wants to stick with the 49ers, he’ll have to make an impact on special teams. Whether it’s as a return man, blocking on returns or tackling on kickoffs, Hayne has to set himself apart from the rest.
“It has been overwhelming and amazing the amount of support I’ve got,” Hayne said, according to 49ers.com. “People just walking up to me off the street saying congrats and looking forward to my journey. I’m completely blown away. I could have never imagined this reaction… It’s been so positive, and I’m glad people can get an insight into why I’m going over there and the dream to play in the NFL. It’s such an exciting opportunity.
“It’s just more getting ready and focused. When I get over there I’ll hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to that.”
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