Hayne dropped his opening punt to give possession back to the Vikings in what was a disastrous first touch in the NFL.
The Australia will share carries with debutant Mike Davis and Hyde, who starred in the 20-3 victory over the Vikings with two touchdowns and 186 rushing yards. Another punt-return option, Bruce Ellington, is nursing a sore ankle and only participated in warm-ups at Friday’s practice before slowly walking to an adjacent field to work with team trainers. Tomsula suggested Ellington would test the ankle at practice, and the 49ers would then know more about their punt-return plans for Sunday’s game.
The 49ers aren’t saying if he’s still their punt returner, but no one isdown on Australian rookie Jarryd Hayne, including 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I don’t have a whole lot of information on it (Ellington’s injury)”, Tomsula said. He’s relentless and doesn’t miss blitzes: an underrated quality in a running back.
“He’s done an absolutely awesome job to get where he is”, Berry told the Beaver County Times when asked about Hayne.
“Everyone saw the first punt with Jarryd, but we thought offensively he kind of settled down just like any rookie and by the second half he was kind of executing”, Chryst said.
It will be an Australian sporting fairytale played out in a game of America’s beloved gridiron.
At the other end Berry, protected by a wall of Pittsburgh Steelers teammates, will boot the torpedo-like National Football League ball high and downfield toward Hayne.
In that instance, he lost the fumble to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night when he attempted to dive forward on a ball with which the wind played tricks.
Mumbrella, an Australian leisure web site, on Wednesday stated Hayne’s debut drew a tv viewers on ESPN of 116,000, topping the report mark of 107,100 for this yr’s Tremendous Bowl.
49ers’ special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who coached Wing at college powerhouse Louisiana State University, has plenty of respect for the kid who will be dropping bombs in Heinz Field.
“Young players make mistakes sometimes, trying too hard or trying to do what got them here”, McGaughey said.