After starting the last two seasons on the
It's hard to put a finger on Gaskins' role in the offense. After totaling seven carries in Week 9 against Atlanta, Gaskins didn't touch the ball again until Week 15, where he showed some receiving ability by hauling in six catches. Then Gaskins followed up that performance by not seeing a pass come his way on Sunday. Gaskins has yet to top 52 total yards in a game or score, so his value was already minimal. A lack of any sort of defined role solidifies him as an untouchable in the free agency pool.
Either Kendall Gaskins or DuJuan Harris will likely start Sunday's game against the Lions with Shaun Draughn (knee) ruled out, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Gaskins has carried the ball for the San Francisco 49ers just 14 times since being brought up from the practice squad in late October, but that's 14 more than Harris, who was just added to the roster this week. Gaskins did make an impact in the passing game last week with six receptions and 52 receiving yards, so he will likely at least serve as the running back on passing downs. If he gets the early-down and/or goalline work too, he could be a sneaky Week 16 option against a Lions defense that has allowed a league-high 18 rushing touchdowns.
Kendall Gaskins had just two carries Sunday, but caught six of seven targets for 52 yards in the 24-14 loss to the Bengals.
Gaskins took over for starter Shaun Draughn, who left the game with a knee injury and did not return. Meanwhile, Travaris Cadet was also in the mix after Draughn left, finishing with four catches on six targets for 32 yards. Gaskins is bigger than Cadet, however, and was probably the reason why he was in the game when FB Bruce Miller scored a one-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. If Draughn misses any time, expect Gaskins and Cadet to form some sort of backfield committee next week at Detroit.
Kendall Gaskins rushed for 20 yards on seven carries in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
With San Francisco 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.
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