If you're collecting mid-round running backs, or looking for a Zero-RB candidate to help you start the season strong, check out Raheem Mostert. When he's been healthy he's given the 49ers offense a jolt of explosiveness that the rest of the roster has difficulty matching. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old has struggled to stay on the field throughout his career, including a half-season lost in 2020. And that's just part of Mostert's problems -- the 49ers improved their depth throughout the offseason, including adding two rookie running backs, plus Jeff Wilson is still around. Matching the 13 carries per game Mostert had last year could prove to be difficult given the Niners' depth, but if he shines during the preseason then odds are he'll be the first man up in a multi-pronged approach. His unreliability makes him a no-no long-term, but if you need a player who may deliver some help through September and maybe pitch in down the line, figure Mostert will be there for the taking between Rounds 8 and 9.
Mostert (knee) fielded some punts at Wednesday's practice, Keiana Martin of 49ers.com reports. The main takeaway is that Mostert returned healthy for the start of training camp after dealing with a minor knee injury during OTAs. He's never returned a punt in a regular-season game and isn't likely to take on such a role at this point in his career, though he was largely valued for his work on special teams prior to a late-2019 breakout. Mostert then made eight starts for the Niners in 2020, but he left two of those games early and missed eight others, held back by knee and ankle sprains. He did put up 65.1 rushing yards per game and 5.0 YPC, and he displayed his trademark speed on an 80-yard TD run and a 76-yard receiving score in September. While the explosiveness may keep Mostert atop San Francisco's depth chart, Tim Kawakami of The Athletic suggests rookie third-round pick Trey Sermon "already seems to be pretty much 1B to [Mostert]'s 1A at the tailback spot."
Mostert didn't participate in Wednesday's OTA session due to a knee issue, but he's expected to be fine for training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mostert put together a strong showing in his eight games for the 49ers last season, but he had trouble staying on the field and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to a high-ankle sprain. Unfortunately, he appears to be starting the offseason on the mend from an injury, but this latest one isn't expected to cost him many meaningful reps. Even if he's back to full strength for Week 1, Mostert may face more competition for reps in 2021 with the 49ers investing draft picks into Trey Sermon (No. 88 overall) and Elijah Mitchell (No. 194 overall) in the spring and adding ex-Giant Wayne Gallman on a one-year deal.
Mostert was placed on injured reserve Tuesday to a left high-ankle sprain, spelling an end to his 2020 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Mostert's season was plagued by injuries, as ankle and knee injuries will end up costing him eight games this year. The 28-year-old rushed 104 times for 521 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught 16 of 19 targets for 156 yards and a score. The 49ers will close out the 2020 campaign with a committee of Jeff Wilson (ankle), Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon at running back. Mostert is under contract for the 2021 season at a $3.3 million cap hit.
Mostert (ankle) isn't expected to return in the 2020 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Mostert missed four games earlier this season with a left ankle injury, and he never fully recovered before suffering a high-ankle sprain to the same ankle in this past Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. With the 49ers eliminated from playoff contention, they're expected to shut Mostert down for the rest of the season. If that's the case, a committee of Jeff Wilson (ankle), Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon will handle the backfield reps for the final two games.
Mostert left Sunday's game at Dallas due to an ankle injury, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mostert logged a one-yard carry on the 49ers' first offensive play of the second half, but shortly thereafter he was seen grabbing at his left ankle on the bench, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. Deemed questionable to return, Mostert will finish Week 15 with 14 carries for 68 yards if he's unable to do so. In the meantime, Jeff Wilson will carry the load out of San Fran's backfield.
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