The dual-sport athlete still has with 49ers even though there’s a new head coach in town.
“I don’t have a crystall ball, but what I do know is that he is very conscientious and this is very important to him,” San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke told Fairfax Media, via the Sydney Morning Herald. “He works hard and I would expect him to make a nice jump from year one to year two. Now is that going to be enough to establish himself on the 53 within this system, I don’t know. But he’s going to be given every opportunity like we promised him going into this.
“We are committed to this. I’m looking forward to getting him back here, I know the coaching staff is. Let’s see how the off-season goes, how much work he gets done and where he’s at coming into year two.”
With San Francisco bringing in Chip Kelly as the new head coach, it’s not hard too imagine that Hayne’s situation is even better now than it was at the end of the season.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula was a defensive-minded coach, but Kelly is considered an offensive genius.
A player with Hayne’s skillset should have no problem carving out a role in Kelly’s offense. His only obstacle is Carlos Hyde, who will be above him on the depth chart to start the season.
Hyde is a talented running back that will fit nicely into Kelly’s system, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a role for Hayne in San Francisco either. If Hayne comes into training camp improved, it shouldn’t be hard for him to get back on the 53-man roster for Week 1.
“Absolutely it was worth it,” Baalke said of taking a chance on the former NRL star. “And I’m really looking forward to how he responds in year two. He gained some valuable experience last year, both in game situations and within the practice settings.
“As he found, it is a much different game but there is some carry over and we look forward to building on what was a solid first year for him.”
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