No. 4: Raheem Mostert looks every bit a starter for the 49ers
At one stage, just a special teams player and even before Week 13 just a backup in the 49ers running back rotation, Raheem Mostert looks like a breath of fresh air in the team’s offense.
With Matt Breida injured, Tevin Coleman stagnating and Jeff Wilson not getting a big chunk of playing time despite recent heroics, Mostert looks like another big player in the Niners’ plan to use running backs by committee.
Mostert has not been a fluke either. Despite relatively low amounts of playing time, he has averaged four yards or more a carry in eight of 11 games this season (he did not have a carry in the monsoon conditions against the Washington Redskins.
Of those eight games, five of them were averages of 5 yards per carry or higher.
Mostert looks like a better open field runner than Coleman or Wilson, and is more durable that Breida.
The benefit of using a running back by committee is the team can always ride the running back who is hottest. Mostert has deserved the chance to lead the committee under the dome at New Orleans.