Trey Sermon: 3 bold predictions for 49ers running back in 2021

Ohio State running back Trey Sermon Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images
Ohio State running back Trey Sermon Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images /
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San Francisco 49ers running back Trey Sermon Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: Trey Sermon leads all 2021 rookie running backs in rushing aside from Najee Harris

Hopefully, I don’t get any hate comments from opposing fans for this one, but what happens if Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer truly deploys a multi-back system and forces Travis Etienne and James Robinson to split carries?

That would no doubt put a hard cap on Etienne’s total rushing production. Couple that with the fact the Denver Broncos currently have Melvin Gordon slated to lead the team in rushing while rookie Javonte Williams sits and learns for the time being.

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That would be another rookie who has a clear ceiling when it comes to first-year rushing production.

We’re leaving Pittsburgh Steelers rookie tailback Najee Harris out of this prediction, and I know that’s kind of cheating, but Harris has an absolute stranglehold on the lead-back job, and I highly doubt Trey Sermon will out touch Harris in their rookie seasons.

Outside of these three backs, there aren’t many other rookie running backs who have the potential opportunity that Sermon does if Raheem Mostert was to go down with an unfortunate injury and hand over the reins to the RB1 job.

If this were to happen, the internet will rave about how the 49ers got another steal in the mid rounds of the NFL Draft.

These predictions are a little hopeful, but they all have the potential to come true this season if Sermon is given the opportunity to show the league why the Niners traded two fourth-round picks to move up in the draft and select him.

Hopefully, these bold predictions become a sweet reality.

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