49ers training camp: 4 players facing uphill battle in 2021
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: 49ers Running Back JaMycal Hasty
Maybe San Francisco keeps five halfbacks on its 53-man roster. In reality, however, the number is probably four.
Top rushers like Raheem Mostert and Trey Sermon are effectively guaranteed spots, while veteran running back Jeff Wilson Jr. could be a midseason reinforcement after he’s fully recovered from an offseason meniscus tear.
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With two presumably ready for Week 1, the other three bodies to watch here are Wayne Gallman, Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty.
Hasty, who tore his ACL late in 2020 but made strides to showcase his value during OTAs, might be a quality back-end option, although retaining a player like Gallman might be the immediate smarter move, infusing a veteran into a group that otherwise doesn’t have a lot of experience after Mostert.
After all, Hasty only saw limited action last year (eight games), and both Sermon and Mitchell are first-year players.
One could see a scenario where the 49ers envision adding Hasty to the practice squad, but he might not clear through waivers. That might work in Hasty’s favor, but he still faces a notable uphill battle heading into training camp anyway.
Camp practices will officially kick off on Saturday, July 31.