RWU HQ – Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne carried his success from his first preseason game with the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago in the 49ers’ Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys last week. And from there, he’s carried it into the 49ers’ joint practices with the Denver Broncos this week.
“I keep being me. I’m not the one writing articles, that’s everyone else,” Hayne said, via 49ers.com. “I know what I’m doing here. My job is to learn football and get up to speed as fast as I can.
“The rest will work out for itself. I’ve got a lot on my plate, so I’m not worrying about anything else.”
In his game against the Cowboys, Hayne made sure he made an impact every time he was on the field.
He had three punt returns for 84 yards and a team-high 54 yards on eight carries. The dual-sport athlete’s performance once again drew praise from head coach Jim Tomsula.
“The guy is doing really well,” Tomsula said, via 49ers.com. “He’s making a great case for himself. That’s the story in itself. He’s in the conversation of making a 53-man roster on an NFL football team, when he’s never played football. Now there’s the story. That speaks for who he is.”
After a second strong preseason game, Hayne has turned some heads this week against the Denver Broncos, including head coach Gary Kubiak.
“He’s a big guy, I know that,” Kubiak said. “I’ll tell you, their ‘backs in general, I know for us linebacker-wise, we had a tough time covering them (on Wednesday). He’s a good-looking player. In this league, everybody is always looking for those type of guys if they can turn into good football players. It sure looks like they’re headed in the right direction with that one.”
Hayne also caught the eye of Broncos star linebacker Von Miller. Miller contributed part of his success to his rugby past.
“You could tell he’s real comfortable with the football,’’ Miller said. “He was catching punts … and running. He looks real comfortable. I’d like to think if you could play rugby, you could play football.”
The 49ers take on the Broncos Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.
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