Sakamoto: DuJuan Harris Returns To 49ers In Backup Role

The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed diminutive yet shifty RB DuJuan Harris to a one-year deal. The 5-7, 197, running back was initially acquired from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad on Dec. 23, 2015. After being released and re-signed numerous times by the Niners, Harris was finally promoted to the team’s active roster permanently on Oct. 22, 2016. 

In 2016, Harris rushed a total of 38 times for 138 yards while recording eight receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. Despite the lackluster stats, Harris instantly becomes the team’s second best running back behind entrenched starter RB Carlos Hyde

An explosive and punishing runner between the tackles, Harris is not one to shy away from contact. His thick lower body allows him to absorb vicious hits despite being vertically challenged.

An elusive runner with the power to match, Harris will be out to prove his worth in 2017, as he showed Forever Faithful glimpses of his potential with his 47-yard touchdown catch-and-run down the 49ers sideline. 

In five NFL seasons, Harris has played for four teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers– while being only one of three players to play in the NFL from Troy University; the other two players are DE DeMarcus Ware and CB Leodis McKelvin. 

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