Dayes signed a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Dayes most recently appeared in seven games for the 49ers last season but didn't receive a single offensive touch. If Dayes does manage to make the Saints' final roster, it will likely be as a special teams player.
Dayes was waived by the 49ers on Monday.
Dayes did not log a single carry in San Francisco last season but played 94 snaps on special teams. The 2017 seventh-round pick now parts ways with the 49ers to make room on the roster for offensive lineman Willie Beavers.
Dayes spent his brief time with the 49ers on special teams, failing to earn a carry or target in the 2018 season.
Dayes was promoted from the practice squad in the second half of the season, but his fellow practice-squad mate Jeff Wilson was the one to gain some playing time late in the year. The 24-year-old is still under contract for the 2019 season, but with both Raheem Mostert (forearm) and Jeff Wilson (shoulder) apparently ahead of Dayes on the depth chart behind Jerick McKinnon (knee) and Matt Breida (ankle), the second-year back will have to shine in camp to hang on to a roster spot.
Dayes did not record a touch in Sunday's 27-9 loss to Tampa Bay.
Dayes was recently promoted from the practice squad along with fellow running back Jeff Wilson, but it was the latter who occupied Alfred Morris' (healthy scratch) backup role behind Matt Breida. There isn't much to see here from a fantasy perspective so long as Dayes remains third on the depth chart.
Dayes has a chance to serve as Matt Breida's backup at running back for Sunday's Week 12 tilt against the Buccaneers with veteran Alfred Morris (coach's decision) inactive.
The 2017 seventh-round pick has only logged one offensive snap this season, which came in Week 10 against the Giants. Dayes also saw limited action during his rookie campaign, carrying five times for 13 yards and bringing in four of five targets for another 29. The second-year back logged double-digit touchdowns in each of his last two college seasons at North Carolina State, and at a stout 5-foot-9, 205 pounds, he could potentially see some goal-line work.
Dayes was promoted to the 49ers' active roster Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Dayes was elevated just ahead of Monday's tilt against the Giants. He'll figure to take the spot of Raheem Mostert (forearm), who was moved to IR last week. Look for Dayes to operate as the No. 3 option at running back behind Matt Breida and Alfred Morris.
Dayes signed with the 49ers' practice squad Tuesday.
The 2017 seventh-round pick by the Browns was waived by the team Sept. 2. Dayes appeared in all 16 games for the Browns last season and had five carries for 13 yards while adding four receptions for 29 yards. He was also active on both sides of the ball on special teams, registering 18 kickoff returns for 437 yards (24.3 average) and eight tackles.
Dayes rushed eight times for 77 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions. He also secured both of his targets for 34 yards.
The highlight of his night came on a 42-yard scamper in which Dayes carved through the Lions defense and eluded multiple defenders on his way to the end zone. While the second-year runner hadn't done much of anything in Cleveland's previous three preseason games, Thursday's performance could be enough to convince the coaching staff to keep four running backs on the 53-man roster entering Week 1.
Dayes -- who was mostly used on special teams -- rushed five times for 13 yards in 2017.
The rookie out of NC State made the Browns roster out of training camp as the team's third-string running back, but was mainly limited to special teams duty, which included serving as the kickoff returner. Dayes returned 18 kicks for 437 yards, with his longest return going for 71 yards. Isaiah Crowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and isn't expected to return. His departure may open up more opportunities for Dayes, though his likelihood of making any kind of significant impact in 2018 remains miniscule.
Dayes (knee) is active Week 17 against the Steelers.
Dayes missed the first practice of the week, but returned on a limited basis and will suit up for the regular season finale. His role primarily is on special teams as a kick returner, as Dayes has received just one carry since Week 4 and has carried the ball just five times this season.
Dayes is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers with a knee injury, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Dayes started the week not practicing but was able to string together a pair of limited sessions Thursday and Friday. The 22-year-old has had a limited offensive role this season behind Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, which seems unlikely to change in Sunday's season finale.
Dayes did not record an offensive snap during Sunday's 31-28 loss to Indianapolis.
Dayes was limited to special teams duty on Sunday. It's worth noting that the Browns' two lead backs carried the ball just 14 times total, while Cleveland passed with its rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer 47 times and ran him on another seven occasions. When the likes of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson aren't getting touches, it's hard to see any room in the mix for Dayes.
Dayes rushed three times for seven yards during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Steelers. He also added two catches on two targets for nine yards.
With Duke Johnson playing exclusively from the slot Sunday, Dayes served as Isaiah Crowell's backup running back, though his five total touches failed to inspire any optimism going forward. According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Johnson will still see snaps out of the backfield, which will ultimately limit Dayes' usage and overall fantasy value.
Dayes (neck) was absent from the Browns' injury report Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com reports.
Dayes secured a spot as the No. 3 running back on the roster during final cuts Saturday. He injured his neck in the team's final preseason contest, but judging by his absence from the injury report, the 2017 seventh-round pick should be healthy heading into Week 1. He projects to provide depth at running back behind Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, as well as play a special teams role.
Dayes (neck) remains on the Browns' roster heading into Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
As expected, the 2017 seventh-round pick secured a job as the No. 3 running back behind Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. Dayes could start the season as a gameday inactive even if his neck injury from the preseason is completely healed. He caught 98 passes in college at NC State and could have a significant role if Duke Johnson misses time with an injury.
Dayes hurt his neck in Thursday's preseason matchup with the Bears and is questionable to return.
The 2017 seventh-round pick out of North Carolina State is the presumed No. 3 running back in Cleveland. If he does return, expect him to see limited snaps as a precautionary measure.
Dayes rushed three times for 13 yards during Saturday's preseason victory over the Buccaneers.
Though Dayes saw just three carries Saturday, he's still likely to make the team as the third running back behind Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. Expect the rookie to see more carries in extended action during the team's preseason finale.
Dayes rushed five times for 15 yards and snagged five catches for 29 yards in Monday's preseason tilt against the Giants.
Dayes led the Browns in receptions versus the Giants and showed explosiveness on a 10-yard rushing attempt. Coach Hue Jackson has praised Dayes throughout camp, and all signs point to the rookie making the roster as the third running back.
Dayes rushed three times for six yards and a touchdown while hauling in three passes (four targets) for eight yards during Thursday's preseason victory over the Saints.
Dayes is currently battling for the No. 3 running back spot, and although he scored a touchdown Thursday, his competitor -- Terrence Magee -- found the end zone as well, while rushing for more yards. Dayes has had a strong training camp so far and should get more rushing opportunities as the preseason continues.
Coach Hue Jackson said Dayes has had a great camp so far, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Dayes was Cleveland's seventh-round pick out of NC State in 2017 and has already managed to catch Jackson's attention in training camp. The rookie is competing with Terrence Magee and Brandon Wilds for the third-string running back job, but if recent reports are any indication, he looks to have the early edge.
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