Gaskins rushed for 20 yards on seven carries in Sunday's win over Atlanta. With 49ers backs dropping like flies, there was some thought that Gaskins would come into Sunday's game as the team's defacto workhorse. Instead, Gaskins touched the ball just once before the fourth quarter as San Francisco's coaching staff kept with the hot hand in Shaun Draughn. With so many new faces, it's difficult to predict how the 49ers' rushing attack will look in a few weeks, but it seems likely that San Francisco will stick with Draughn, with Gaskins and Pierre Thomas filling in as backups.
Gaskins is starting Sunday against the Falcons, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. With Carlos Hyde (foot) and Mike Davis (hand) out, Gaskins will get the first backfield touches for the niners ahead of newly-signed Pierre Thomas and Shaun Draughn. There was talk earlier in the week that Gaskins could get the goal-line work, but it looks like he's heading for a bigger role than that Sunday.
Gaskins is a strong candidate for any potential goal-line work in Sunday's game against the Falcons, according to Joe Fann of the 49ers' official website. Though it's still unclear how the workload will be divided between Gaskins, Pierre Thomas and Shaun Draughn, it does make sense that the 240-pound Gaskins would be the first option for short-yardage and goal-line carries. Of course, with the San Francisco offense plagued by both injuries and ineffectiveness, it won't be too surprising if the team doesn't actually provide Gaskins with any opportunities at the goal line.
Gaskins carried the ball for six yards on five carries in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. He added two catches on three targets for 17 yards. Gaskins was forced into action following injuries to Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Mike Davis. Though he failed to impress, he should see a few more opportunities in the coming weeks as Hyde deals with a stress fracture in his foot and the team deals with the potential season-long loss of Bush, who the 49ers fear tore his ACL.
Gaskins was promoted from the 49ers' practice squad on Saturday, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports. The move corresponds with Jarryd Hayne being waived, but Hayne had been inactive in the team's most recent game, so Gaskins probably won't have much of a role going forward.
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