No. 3: SF 49ers must promote JaMycal Hasty off the practice squad
Under different circumstances, undrafted rookie running back JaMycal Hasty would have been a smart addition to many other teams’ back end of the depth chart. Perhaps the only reason the former Baylor Bear didn’t make the SF 49ers’ cut was because the team was already too deep at the position to start the regular season.
But that’s all changed now.
With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman projected to be out for at least a week, perhaps more and paired with the idea of placing Coleman on IR, giving Hasty a shot at some meaningful NFL snaps would prove valuable.
Both in the immediate- and long-term scheme of things.
For starters, Hasty’s multi-cut abilities are dynamic for a player with a 5-foot-8, 205-pound stature that makes for a low center of gravity and a tough tackle. Like the Jets, the Giants aren’t particularly prolific at sound tackling, and Hasty’s elusiveness could prove worthwhile here.
On top of that, Hasty is a proven pass-catching commodity from his college days, and that could make life much easier for whichever quarterback Kyle Shanahan elects to start, Jimmy Garoppolo or Nick Mullens.
Over the long run, considering Coleman is poised to hit free agency in 2021, San Francisco would be getting an early look at whether or not Hasty would be worth continued development.
That’s always a bonus.