49ers’ RB Jarryd Hayne called “Fearless” by Special Teams Coach



Today, San Francisco 49ers special-teams coach Thomas McGaughey gave high-praise to the extremely raw but talented RB Jarryd Hayne. When he was asked specifically about Hayne’s return ability, McGaughey did not hesitate to give his two cents. “He has great lateral quickness,” Coach T-Mac said.

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McGaughey went on to compare Hayne’s lateral quickness to some of the greatest returners to ever play the game, as WR Dante Hall, WR Devin Hester, and RB Darren Sproles were all mentioned.

However, McGaughey warned that this is only the first preseason game and Hayne’s strong debut should be taken with a grain of salt. “We have to be realistic here, that’s the first preseason game.”


#49ers RB Jarryd Hayne BREAKS ANKLES on this punt return! LIKE if you think he will make the team…


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When asked what makes Hayne such a great punt-returner, McGaughey was quick to point to Hayne’s toughness. “He’s fearless,” coach T-Mac said.

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With the 49ers trying to find room for Hayne on the depth chart it will be interesting to see who stays and who goes as Hayne will need more than one strong preseason game to make a case for the team’s 53-man roster.


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