Reggie Bush (knee) is expected to start running in one week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bush's tenure with the San Francisco 49ers got off to a rocky start after straining his calf in the season opener. The injury lingered through October, and he eventually suffered an ignominious knee injury in Week 8 at St. Louis, where he slipped on concrete at the conclusion of a punt return. After a diagnosis of MCL and meniscus tears in that knee, his season was over with just eight carries for 28 yards and four receptions (on 10 targets) for 19 yards in five games. Interested parties will likely put the soon-to-be 31-year-old through the ringer to ensure that he's progressing well in the expected 4-to-6 month recovery, and while he appears dead set on playing in 2016, in what capacity remains to be seen.
Bruce Ellington stayed fantasy irrelevant in 2015, gaining just 153 yards on 13 catches with no touchdowns.
Ellington remained low on the depth chart despite staying healthy for the majority of the season. He was the San Francisco 49ers ' primary return man (25.6 yards per kick return), but it is tough to produce as the fourth or fifth receiver in an offense that struggles to move the ball through the air. With Anquan Boldin set to hit free agency, Ellington will get a chance to compete for a more prominent role in the offense this offseason.
Blake Bell finished his rookie campaign with 15 receptions (24 targets) for 186 yards.
Bell was buried on the depth chart early in the season, but a combination of Vernon Davis' departure and a losing season allowed San Francisco to showcase their fourth-round draft pick down the stretch. He responded by eclipsing 40 yards in three of the San Francisco 49ers ' last six games. Bell is still considered a project, so we may not see his full potential next season, but he should see more targets in 2016.
Jarryd Hayne saw limited action in 2015, gaining 79 yards on 23 touches.
The former rugby league star burst onto the scene with a stellar preseason in which he gained 175 yards (7.0 YPC) while exhibiting his skills as a return man. The glow wore off quickly as Hayne was not able to replicate his success as a return man and was eventually waived and placed on the practice squad due to fumbling issues (three fumbles, one lost in six games games). He was eventually brought back up, where he gained 27 yards on nine carries. While this season didn't turn out to be a success story for Hayne, he will definitely be a project in the offseason, and could see touches in 2017 if he shows improvement.
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