SF 49ers Cut No. 1: Running Back JaMycal Hasty
Another tough decision for Kyle Shanahan was to choose between running backs Jeff Wilson or JaMycal Hasty to round out the four-man depth chart here for Week 1.
In the end, Shanahan went with Wilson over Hasty. And again, this wasn’t a wrong move. Wilson is a known commodity, and his short-area strength and underrated pass-catching skills are traits San Francisco will utilize this upcoming season.
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Unlike the previous two players mentioned, moving on from Hasty won’t necessarily hamper the depth chart. The 49ers are deep at running back. There’s no questioning that.
Yet Hasty, who is a favorite to return to the Niners on the practice squad, is arguably one of the top available names for other teams to eventually sign away, especially considering the attrition rate suffered by tailbacks over the course of the regular season.
Particularly in a pandemic-shortened offseason program, eliminating many of the much-needed conditioning periods to avoid soft-tissue injuries.
Out of all the players San Francisco put on its practice squad throughout 2020, few would likely garner the kind of attention Hasty could. It wouldn’t be shocking to see another team grab Hasty up, eventually turning him into a viable weapon the 49ers wish they could have otherwise retained.
That would be good for Hasty, though. Especially so early in his career.