49ers vs. Chargers: Winners, losers from preseason Week 2 win

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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San Francisco 49ers running back Wayne Gallman II (22) is stopped by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) and linebacker Kyzir White (44) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers Winner: Running Back Wayne Gallman

Speaking of Wayne Gallman, any thoughts of him being strictly a camp body and someone who’ll surely be cut in advance of Week 1 just went out the window.

Granted, Gallman’s placement on the 53-man roster is still very much in doubt, particularly with Raheem Mostert and Trey Sermon essentially guaranteed spots.

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Gallman and JaMycal Hasty were the two running backs the 49ers dressed against the Bolts, and both showed why they’re deserving of spots on the regular-season squad.

In theory, both could make it. Kyle Shanahan will likely keep four tailbacks on the roster, but that’s contingent upon whether or not rookie runner Elijah Mitchell is ready to go after suffering a hip injury just before the Niners’ preseason opener.

Mitchell has been turning heads in training camp, too, so it’s not an easy decision.

As for Gallman, he led all San Francisco ball-carriers with 72 yards on 15 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt, while also flashing some solid efforts in pass protection.

He might not be overly flashy. But Gallman showed why he could be a valuable commodity at the back end of this position’s depth chart.

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