Stock Down: Running Back Jeff Wilson
On one hand, it’s pretty impressive running back Jeff Wilson, an undrafted rookie, is playing a significant role in the 49ers offense this late in the season. He rushed seven times for 46 yards, averaging an impressive 6.6 yards per carry. And in total, the 194-pound runner is averaging 4.4 yards per game in split time with the Niners’ No. 1 running back, Matt Breida.
But Wilson has also dealt with ball-security issues, losing yet another fumble in Week 15 after a 14-yard gain at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter. Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald popped the ball out, and Seattle’s defense recovered.
Fortunately for San Francisco, the Seahawks were unable to score off the turnover, and the Niners would respond with a touchdown the following drive.
Still, it doesn’t change the fact Wilson has now fumbled in three consecutive games. This was a problem for him in college too, and the carryover to the pro level doesn’t exactly bode well.
The 49ers should be much healthier at running back in 2019, particularly with injured tailbacks Jerick McKinnon and Raheem Mostert returning to the fray. And while Wilson’s strength and prowess on short-yardage situations could earn him consideration for a role, the turnover issue might be enough to keep him off the team’s 53-man roster next year.