SF49ers: 3 players who will feast on Seahawks weak defense
By Robert Smith
No. 3: SF 49ers Running Back JaMycal Hasty
Rookie running back JaMycal Hasty saw more action last Sunday against the Patriots after fellow runner Jeff Wilson left the game with a high-ankle sprain. In his absence, Hasty rushed nine times for 57 yards while also catching a pass for 16 yards.
With Wilson out, as well as No. 1 running back Raheem Mostert, Hasty along with Jerick McKinnon will now more than likely receive the bulk of the carries this week against the Seahawks. Tevin Coleman is eligible to return as well, but the timeframe of him actually playing is still unknown.
And while the Seahawks defense comes in ranked 13th in rush defense, they have yielded 154 yards per game the last two weeks, including a breakout performance for Chase Edmonds of the Cardinals last week.
Edmonds, who stands 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, had five carries for 58 yards while hauling in seven receptions for 87 yards. The similarities in size between Edmonds and the 5-foot-8 Hasty provide them a low center of gravity that can make tackling them feel like trying to tackle a bowling ball. Hasty also offers another receiving option for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will look to challenge an already poor Seahawks secondary even more by utilizing his backs in the passing game.
With the injuries to Wilson and Mostert, Hasty should see plenty of action going forward, and just might be on the precipice of becoming the next breakout performer for the 49ers.