There is no question that San Francisco 49ers rookie RB Jarryd Hayne received mixed reviews in Week 1. A player that was arguably the team’s most electrifying player on the offensive side of the ball, some believe the stage may have been to big for him as he made his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.
However, one former 49ers’ player believes Hayne is still the team’s most explosive player in the return game. “He’s going to be a very, very, very, good player in this league,” Dexter Carter said via his podcast The Grueling Truth.
Carter sees a very special-player in @jarrydhayne_1 especially in the return-game. Tells me he’s too valuable to keep him off the field.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) September 17, 2015
Hayne, who was down on himself after a muffed punt in the first-quater believed that the wind played a factor. “I hadn’t seen it blowing like that before. It was different. But that’s no excuse. You’ve got to catch those ones. The punter wanted the wind to catch it, and it did,” Hayne told beat writers after the game.
Carter went on to say that Hayne should have no problems moving forward as he believes he’s learned from that experience — but feels for now second-year WR Bruce Ellington should be the one fielding punts in Week 2.
With the 49ers getting ready to face an agitated Pittsburgh Steelers team, it will be interesting to see who returns punts as both Ellington and Hayne will likely be replacing RB Reggie Bush in the return-game.
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