DuJuan Harris is a free agent this offseason, and he will look to sign with a team as a reserve running back. He appeared in four games for the 49ers in 2015 and had 48 carries for 189 yards and nine catches for 97 yards. Keep an eye on where Harris ends up this year, but he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Harris gained 29 yards on six carries in Sunday's preseason game against the Texans. Though he had a solid night, Harris worked behind Mike Davis, who gained 72 yards on five carries. Davis looks like the early favorite for the No. 3 job, and if he were to eventually lock it down, Harris would have to compete with Kendall Gaskins and sixth-round rookie Kelvin Taylor for what would likely be one roster spot.
Harris had 16 carries for 67 yards and caught eight of 12 targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win over the Rams. A week after producing a career-high 73 rushing yards, Harris was a major factor again Sunday, easily leading the 49ers in rushing and receiving. The journeyman RB has great speed and a low center of gravity, but with Carlos Hyde (foot) expected to be the featured back in 2016, it's hard to get excited about Harris' prospects for next season.
Harris rushed for 73 yards on 11 carries and added an 11-yard catch in Sunday's loss to the Lions. The 73 rushing yards were a career high for Harris, who has, since the New Year, spent time with Green Bay, Minnesota, New Orleans, Seattle, Baltimore and now San Francisco. Before any trash-to-treasure cliches are spoken, it is important to note that the 49ers' stable of backs has been a menagerie of mediocrity since Carlos Hyde got hurt, with limited stability in roles. Sunday's performance could propel Harris into a sizable role in Week 17, but it is more likely that the team will stick with the hot hand against the Rams as they look to see what talent they have heading into 2016.
Either Harris or Kendall Gaskins will likely start Sunday's game against the Lions with Shaun Draughn (knee) ruled out, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Harris was just added to the 49ers' roster this week, but the team has been hesitant to give Gaskins carries, so Harris could be the primary ball carrier Sunday despite his lack of familiarity with the offense. Gaskins figures to at least see action on passing downs after catching six passes last week, but Harris could provide fantasy value even if serves as the goalline back, with the 49ers facing a Lions defense that has allowed 18 rushing touchdowns -- tied for most in the league.
Harris was signed by the 49ers on Tuesday. Released by the Seahawks a week ago, Harris was subsequently signed to the Ravens practice squad. He'll now get a shot to join a banged-up San Francisco backfield, replacing pass-catching specialist Travaris Cadet on the active roster. With Shaun Draughn (knee) uncertain to be ready, there's actually some chance Harris could have a role in the offense during Sunday's game against the Lions.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|9||11/06||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|11||11/20||New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|14||12/11||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|16||12/24||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||32||126||0||5||54||0||17|