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Chip Kelly “excited to get his hands on” Jarryd Hayne

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Heading into the 2015 season, there was a lot of attention paid to 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne as he made the transition from rugby to the NFL with a flourish during the preseason.

Things didn’t go quite so well in the regular season. Hayne fumbled on a punt return in the season opener, had trouble hanging onto the ball in the ensuing weeks and got waived in midseason. He landed on the practice squad, but returned for the final two games of the season before a coaching change made for a different landscape with the 49ers.

It may not be a bad one for Hayne, however. General Manager Trent Baalke said that Chip Kelly is looking forward to seeing him in action and that expects to see a big improvement from the Australian now that he has a year of experience in the league.

“We haven’t spent a ton of time speaking about individual players on a roster yet but I’ll tell you he’s well aware of Jarryd and Jarryd’s story, as is everyone in the National Football League by now,” Baalke said, via the Sydney Morning Herald. “He’s excited to get his hands on him, the whole coaching staff is. We’ll find out in short order who fits and who doesn’t fit.”

If Carlos Hyde is healthy, he’s likely to be the top running back with the 49ers in 2016. Hayne is one of several players that will be competing for spots behind him in a brand new 49ers offense.

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21 Responses to “Chip Kelly “excited to get his hands on” Jarryd Hayne”
  1. banky74 says: Feb 1, 2016 10:26 AM


  2. moseszd says: Feb 1, 2016 10:31 AM

    lol. Coaches are always excited.

    Their excited about the scrubs that will never make it unless they miss the flight and plane crashes.

    They’re excited about the QB who needs a seeing eye dog to read defenses.

    They’re excited about the 15th year running back who needs a walker.

    They’re excited about WRs who treat each pass thrown their way as a live grenade to be dropped at the earliest opportunity.

    And so on and so on and so on.

    One day I’d love to hear a coach be honest about things without it being buried in coach-speak and meaningless cliches. And, sure, we occasionally get some glimpses, like Jim Mora and “playoffs” or Denny Green’s rant down in Arizona.

    But mostly it’s the pablum factory for the weak-minded and if there is anything less informative than a coach’s press conference, it could only be the vapid reporting of the coach’s press conference.

  3. luxinterior78 says: Feb 1, 2016 10:40 AM

    I hope he isn’t Catholic.

  4. dietrich43 says: Feb 1, 2016 10:48 AM

    That doesn’t sound at all creepy. But, is it the same hands that had Darren Sproles last year and did nothing with him?

  5. mt10425 says: Feb 1, 2016 10:56 AM

    moseszd-coaches save those phrases for the draft.

    ‘I can’t wait to see who we draft to replace his sorry a**’.

  6. pftbro says: Feb 1, 2016 11:01 AM

    Chip is happy to get his hands on any player…

  7. mmacify says: Feb 1, 2016 11:12 AM

    If he wants to get a rugby player for his team, I would highly recommend he google “Carlin Isles” then sit back and enjoy.

  8. xavier179 says: Feb 1, 2016 11:24 AM

    He will trade or cut you. Sorry but Chip hasn’t impressed me with his moves in 3 years, college is beckoning you.

  9. mjmeyer86 says: Feb 1, 2016 11:35 AM

    Just wait till he gets his Haynes on you.

  10. draftjunky says: Feb 1, 2016 11:41 AM

    Chip Kelly is a great coach.

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 1, 2016 11:49 AM

    …..that means Chip is going to trade Carlos Hyde…

  12. draftjunky says: Feb 1, 2016 12:14 PM

    He’s a really really great coach.
    I think he is going to do very well in San Fran.
    Watch for Sam Bardford to join him there.

  13. boon613 says: Feb 1, 2016 12:15 PM

    mjmeyer86 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 11:35 AM
    Just wait till he gets his Haynes on you

    ^Is the most clever “flipped the script” scenarios I have ever read. Well done, Sir! One up

  14. Cjdub74 says: Feb 1, 2016 12:29 PM


  15. jazynaz says: Feb 1, 2016 12:44 PM

    What’s wrong with him that they’re still talking about “if he’s healthy?” So many injuries to 49ers players, so often. Do they need a new training staff?

  16. jonwill57 says: Feb 1, 2016 1:02 PM

    hope Hayne has great lateral speed towards the sidelines. It might work if Kap does well. That’s a lot of IFs!

  17. godfatherd says: Feb 1, 2016 1:12 PM

    The way this dude runs is tailor made for Kelly’s offence. He is basically the anti-Demarco murray

  18. therealtrenches says: Feb 1, 2016 1:19 PM

    Is this a story because the guy used to play rugby and Chip is an “outside the box” kinda guy? If some other less “innovative” coach came in to SF, would his “excitement” about a former rugby player be a story?

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 1, 2016 4:35 PM

    “Take ya hands off me, mate!”.

  20. levanderwilliams says: Feb 1, 2016 4:49 PM

    Chip will not use this guy properly. He had a 3 headed monster last year in Philly and did nothing with it. But he was real quick in his press conferences to pass that blame to Duce Staley. He tossed Duce under the bus over and over last season. Chip will fail again in SF.

  21. dmface says: Feb 1, 2016 5:27 PM

    Yep Haynes will be as good as Riley Cooper was. Chip Kelly made Cooper the best wide receiver in the NFL.

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