5 young SF 49ers players who look like emerging ballers

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JaMycal Hasty, Baylor Bears, 49ers
Running back JaMycal Hasty #23 from Baylor of the North Team (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

No. 3: SF 49ers Running Back JaMycal Hasty

There were plenty of second- and third-string players who stepped up admirably for San Francisco during its dominant Week 3 win over the New York Giants.

Undrafted rookie running back JaMycal Hasty wasn’t exactly one of them. But that doesn’t mean he’s poised to be a baller for Kyle Shanahan in future efforts.

Injuries to running backs Tevin Coleman (knee) and Raheem Mostert (knee) forced Shanahan to rely heavily on depth runners Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson during the game against the G-Men, and both certainly made their impact felt.

Hasty, just called up from the practice squad, appeared for only six offensive snaps. Yet he still managed to make his impact felt during that limited action.

On his first offensive play, Hasty hauled in a reception from quarterback Nick Mullens on a simple comeback route for 9 yards. That backed up Hasty’s already-established reputation as a good pass-catching tailback from his college days at Baylor.

One play later, Hasty rushed for 3 yards, then added another 6-yard run a few plays later.

The 5-foot-8, 205-pound scatback makes for an elusive tackle, tough to bring down because of his cutback abilities and low center of gravity.

While his one game won’t make any Player of the Week accolades, it’ll be tough for the SF 49ers to keep Hasty on the practice squad for much longer, and they could seriously consider swapping him out for one of the older veterans at the position, potentially Coleman, in the not-so-distant future.