Sakamoto: 49ers’ RB Jarryd Hayne’s Hips Won’t Lie In 2016

The San Francisco 49ers local media had the opportunity to catch up with second-year RB Jarryd Hayne. A rookie season in which he was on the outside looking in, while being on a shorter leash compared to others in the return game like WR Bruce Ellington, it was Hayne who discussed his new coach, possible new role, and off-season workout regime.

Hayne was scrutinized all season for running with a high-pad level and that was a point of emphasis for him this off-season. “It’s a learning curve,” Hayne told beat writers. Hayne was then asked about his off-season workout regime and what he needed to work on before heading into his sophomore season. Hayne echoed two words, “hip strength.”

How does hip strength correlate to the NFL? A lot more than one would think. Strong hips allow players especially running backs to create more explosion laterally while displaying the hip mobility to ‘flip their hips’ efficiently. There is no false steps in creating this move but instead quickly transitions into one fluid motion. No one can question Hayne’s ‘lateral agility‘ as he can make the first would-be tackler miss in the return game, but it’s what happens when he’s in pass-protection and coming out of the flats as a running back that had coaches worried.

Strong hips create explosion and that’s what Hayne’s main focus was heading into the off-season – how to create and maintain that explosion throughout a route.

How much will that impact his playing future in San Francisco is anyone’s guess, but if he comes into the 2016 season with stronger hips, his game will elevate to new heights as the hips don’t lie.” In eight games last year, Hayne returned eight punts for 76 yards while rushing 17 times for 52 yards (3.1 avg.).

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