Rugby star Jarryd Hayne feels like an American football player now

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When the 49ers signed former rugby star Jarryd Hayne to an NFL contract, all they knew was that they were getting a good athlete with raw potential. After Saturday night’s preseason debut, the 49ers now know they have a player who looks like he fits in the NFL.

Hayne was outstanding for the 49ers, lining up at running back and carrying five times for 63 yards and also returning one kickoff for 33 yards and two punts for 24 yards.

“It felt a huge weight lifted. I brought a lot of pressure on myself, I wanted to fit in . . . I wanted to go out there and look like an American NFL player and I feel like I did that,” Hayne said. I was really excited and it was big too because we ran a play like that a couple of days before and the coach was on to me just to keep in the crease and to let it open up.”

Colin Kaepernick one of many 49ers who liked what he saw.

“He went out there and played really well. He played fast, had a great run and had a couple of good punt returns, so I think everyone is impressed with what he’s done,” Kaepernick said.

It’s still not a sure thing that Hayne will make the 49ers’ roster. On a team that has running backs Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and rookie fourth-round pick Mike Davis, Hayne may be only the fifth-best player at his position, which means he’s going to have to keep performing on special teams to make the team. But the preseason debut was enough to give him a real chance.

41 responses to “Rugby star Jarryd Hayne feels like an American football player now

  1. thebifforacle says:
    Aug 16, 2015 11:15 AM
    Every team should have an Aussie on it.

    We could at least teach you about real beer.

    And no, nobody here drinks Fosters. We export that cats piss.

    What kind of beer do you drink?

  2. I was really impressed with his downhill speed. I doubt at this point in his career Bush can run like that anymore. Well if Hayne ends up getting cut another team would be foolish not to jump on him. He atleast showed he can be an ace special teamer and hopefully he gets a lot more carries to prove himself as a back. Nice story.

  3. Its preseason, so chill out fans and naysayers.

    Yeah, he did good against many guys who will not be playing during the real season, but give him credit for doing good against preseason level competition.

    Let’s hope the 49ers can find room for him on their 53 man roster and he can prove he belongs in the NFL, especially since he has produced some excellent results with no prior college and NFL experience.

  4. I was disappointed when he spurned the Lions for the Niners. After this off-season though I’m glad he hitched his wagon to a team that was about to lose all its stars, makes him stand out a bit.

  5. Hayne looked great in the open field, fearless on punt returns, comfortable carrying the football and showed off his natural running ability. I have a feeling this guy is going to continue to open eyes. Happy for my Niners and Aussies everywhere. Go get em’ mate.

  6. kingknute says:

    What kind of beer do you drink?

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    Crown Lager if I go out.

    Carlton Cold watching games. VB maybe on a fishing trip.

    Also brew some Coopers Pale Ale.

    Cant believe the thumbs down. Must have offended drinkers of Millers and Budwater.

  7. Was strongly rumored to sign with the Lions but the Lions wouldn’t give him any guaranteed money. The 49ers guaranteed him $116,000. My Detroit Lions, who also own THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY, could not find $116,000 to shell out for Hayne! One playoff win in 58 years……one wonders why?!

  8. thebifforacle says:

    Every team should have an Aussie on it.

    We could at least teach you about real beer.
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    I’ve been to Australia. I’ve also been to Germany. They can teach everyone about beer, including you.

  9. 5to46hawkfan says:
    Aug 16, 2015 12:52 PM
    Wow… I though Hayne looked really good… I wanted Seattle to sign him. Good luck with him- rivals grrrrr lol GO HAWKS!

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    Rivals? Ha. Those days are long gone. Seattle’s rivals are Green Bay and New England.

    San Francisco’s rivals are Arizona (maybe), St. Louis and the Raiders.

    Truth hurts.

  10. abninf says:

    thebifforacle says:

    Every team should have an Aussie on it.

    We could at least teach you about real beer.
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    I’ve been to Australia. I’ve also been to Germany. They can teach everyone about beer, including you.

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    And I’ve been to Germany. They make ok lagers, but that’s only one type of beer.

    And if you’re an American espousing foreign beer, I guess you agree on my point that yours is terrible.

  11. It was the Detroit Lions that found Jarryd Hayne. Unfortunately, Hayne realized that it would be too difficult fitting into the Lions starting lineup or maybe even making the team so he chose the 49ers. It was the 49ers luck that they’re so bad at the right time. I wish him well.

  12. The American craft beer industry is booming with world renowned excellent beers. If you’re drinking swill then it’s your own fault.

  13. suhmonster90 says:
    Aug 16, 2015 12:13 PM
    I was disappointed when he spurned the Lions for the Niners. After this off-season though I’m glad he hitched his wagon to a team that was about to lose all its stars, makes him stand out a bit.
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    HA! On the topic of losing stars, how’d suh play?

  14. Not sure how a beer conversation comes into this, but somehow it’s fitting. Most Americans will probably agree that our more popular brands of beer aren’t the best, but with the craft beer movement, we have some good ones once in a while. It’s just like Australia having a good enough athlete who can play in the NFL.

  15. It’s just like Australia having a good enough athlete who can play in the NFL.
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    The NFL isn’t the be-all-and-end-all for world class athleticism. Don’t get me wrong, the NFL features outstanding athletes, but there are better, equal and worse athletes in the rest of the world’s professional sports.

  16. Give him credit for a great debut; it couldn’t have gone any better, well-done Jarryd!!! However his O-Line/Fullback & Special teams blocking deserve just as much credit. Hayne was fortunate to be on the field both times to benefit from their work. Mike Davis & DeAndrew White must have felt a little aggrieved not to be on the field when those lanes were opened up.

    Jarryd still has a ways to go, to make the final cut. All this talk about him jumping ahead of Reggie needs to stop. Reggie Bush has been a beast in training camp & is basically being kept in cotton wool as a proven commodity; all the reports say Bush is looking more explosive than ever… Hyde is the clear workhorse #1, Bush change of pace & best receiving back at #2, number 3 & (4*) if they carry that many is between a healthy* Hunter & 4th Rnd draft pick Davis with Hayne possibly in the mix for (4th*)

    Personally I think Hayne needs to continue to ball out on Special teams throughout the preseason & perhaps put up some even longer returns & make some tackles on coverage to have any hope of making it.

    There’s just something that bothers me about him as a Running back! He didn’t look like a natural Football player to me; he looked like a world class Rugby League player playing Football. The skills, which translate the easiest from Rugby League or Union, fielding kicks/punts, making the first man miss in space, broken field vision, he’s a natural at. Rugby players from both codes have excellent hand-eye coordination, as there is a lot more ball movement in those games. It’s his upright & downright ugly running style that bothers me, also the fact I just don’t see that explosion in him. He looked labored on that long run & not much better on his kick return, the guy basically looks like a Fullback.

    I’m having flashbacks of Trent Richardson with him, not in terms of vision & work ethic Hayne has those in spades. More in regard to lack of explosiveness “I just see an ordinary back” to paraphrase the great Jim Brown referring to Richardson, I saw the same thing Jim did even though people were sure Trent would become the next Adrian Peterson, I just didn’t see that much explosiveness. It’s the same with Jarryd, sure he stumbled but the defense ran him down way to easily for my liking. In Rugby League he was rarely caught from behind. I thought once he started his NFL training he’d become even more explosive, but it seems he only had slight improvement in him, he just lacks that burst & suddenness as well as the preferred extra gear for me to think he’ll be a good Running back.

    I feel if he had come over earlier in his career he might be playing in a different position possibly Safety/Linebacker which might have suited his size & athleticism better, he just doesn’t come across as an NFL Running back to me & can he make the team solely on Special teams ability?

    Good Luck to him anyway!

  17. there are some good backs in SF. Hyde Hunter and Bush. It will be hard to count out hunter. Hes a speedy back that has always played well alongside gore. and will now probably be alongside Hyde. With bush as a screen pass receiver. Keep Hayne for punt returns now that LMJ is outta town.

  18. “Unfortunately, Hayne realized that it would be too difficult fitting into the Lions starting lineup or maybe even making the team so he chose the 49ers. It was the 49ers luck that they’re so bad at the right time. I wish him well.”

    Are Lions fans talking trash now? You guys have like 1 playoff win in 50 years, slow your roll.

  19. Niners would be wise to see what RB-starved Atlanta might be willing to give up in exchange for Reggie Bush.

  20. thenewguy12 says:
    Aug 16, 2015 8:23 PM

    “Unfortunately, Hayne realized that it would be too difficult fitting into the Lions starting lineup or maybe even making the team so he chose the 49ers. It was the 49ers luck that they’re so bad at the right time. I wish him well.”

    Are Lions fans talking trash now? You guys have like 1 playoff win in 50 years, slow your roll.
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    Actually I’m a Packers fan. And I’m not talking trash. Just talking facts. And I still wish him well.

  21. Congrats on your execution, but remember, an NFL career is not based upon what one does in ONE preseason game. Good luck on making the team.

  22. floratiotime says:
    Aug 16, 2015 11:10 AM
    Too bad the Niners aren’t an American football team any more. Bad timing.
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    They’ve always been a National Football Conference team. And I think their history speaks for itself, knucklehead.

  23. Keep plugging, young man! Always great to hear stories like this. Even if the RB field is crowded there, show your stuff. The other teams are always looking to pluck gems off the waiver wires.

  24. “It’s still not a sure thing that Hayne will make the 49ers’ roster. On a team that has running backs Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and rookie fourth-round pick Mike Davis, Hayne may be only the fifth-best player at his position, which means he’s going to have to keep performing on special teams to make the team. But the preseason debut was enough to give him a real chance.”

    Love this quote. Illustrates how comically difficult it is to make an NFL roster.

  25. He’ll make the team. They’ve been promoting him heavily all offseason. They want him to make the team and he’s done nothing to dissuade them from doing so.

    On a team that lost so much talent this offseason, they want to promote a feel good story.

  26. If he makes the team, it’ll be as a special teamer on coverage and as a kick returner.

    There are just too many backs ahead of him on the depth chart:

    Hyde
    Bush
    Hunter
    Davis

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