49ers cut Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne

AP

The Jarryd Hayne era is over in San Francisco.

Hayne, the Australian rugby league star who made a splash in the preseason and surprised a lot of people by making the 49ers’ 53-man roster, has been released.

The 49ers announced the move today. They cut Hayne in favor of running back Kendall Gaskins, who has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.

Although Hayne showed some promise as a running back and kick returner, he never looked completely comfortable and struggled with fielding punts. He has the athletic talent to play in the NFL, but he had a steep learning curve and ultimately couldn’t get up to speed fast enough.

Hayne will now be placed on waivers, and it wouldn’t be surprising if some other team decides to pick him up and give him a shot. If he clears waivers, it also wouldn’t be surprising to see the 49ers add him to their practice squad. Hayne might have a future in the NFL, even if he’s not ready yet.

71 responses to “49ers cut Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne

  1. Oh, there’s going to be much crying over this in 49er land. No doubt it’ll be cast as part of one of the many conspiracy theories about Jed York’s desire to completely destroy the club and use Kaepernick and Tomsula as his fall guys…

    (I’m probably blending in too many idiot theories, but at this point the fandom, and much of the press, has gone full retard.)

  2. They cut the face of their franchise???

    I hope the 49ers don’t part ways with Kaepernick though. I have a strange feeling he’s gonna end up in Denver with Kubiak to run that heavy boot-action offense, and be the 1997 version of John Elway 2.0, and make it hard for my Raiders to start their AFC West dynasty.

  3. Haha haha that was the funniest thing I’ve heard in years the Oakland Raiders and a dynasty in the AFC west together same sentence hospital bound can’t breathe laughing too hard

  4. The dude was way over-hyped. I can’t tell if he’s not used to football yet or if American athletes are just that much better than everyone else. Isn’t he supposed to be the BEST rugby player?

  5. He better not be renting a property from Housewives of DC star Linda Erkiletian and family (they may own property in SF) or they won’t let him out of his lease.

  6. bencoates57 says:
    Oct 31, 2015 5:14 PM
    He better not be renting a property from Housewives of DC star Linda Erkiletian and family (they may own property in SF) or they won’t let him out of his lease.

    Where can I buy that T-shirt?

  7. bencoates57 says:
    Oct 31, 2015 5:14 PM
    He better not be renting a property from Housewives of DC star Linda Erkiletian and family (they may own property in SF) or they won’t let him out of his lease.

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    Huh? How would anyone who cares anything about football even know this?

  8. Outstanding athlete, but you can’t pick up professional football over the summer. Someone will fall in love with is athletic ability and think they can coach him up though.

  9. beastmode5150 says:

    So he’s not the savior? Or even good?

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    Dude, you are funny. You go silent when the Seahawks lose, but will chime in when the 49ers cut their 4th string running back.

  10. draculalambert says:

    Yeah. I bet the if he lands on the patriots he could lead the league in rushing from here on out. I’m serious.
    =================================

    That would be a first for the Patriots.

  11. He’ll go on to be an eventual starter or strong contributor on a good team, leaving even more egg on the faces of young Jed and GM Baalke. The ruination of the once-proud Niner franchise continues.

  12. Maybe Detroit or Seattle…the other 2 teams in the running when he signed with SF?
    I’d still like to see him as a Seahawk. If nothing more, just hang in the backfield with Russell and pancake anyone that approaches him.

  13. The Patriots can’t afford to use a roster spot on him unless he can play CB or OL. :/

    I really want to see him on another team by next week though. Even if he’s just a ST player, he had some serious raw talent to be developed and it wasn’t like he was bad (from what I saw).

  14. moseszd says:
    Oct 31, 2015 4:12 PM

    Oh, there’s going to be much crying over this in 49er land. No doubt it’ll be cast as part of one of the many conspiracy theories about Jed York’s desire to completely destroy the club and use Kaepernick and Tomsula as his fall guys…

    (I’m probably blending in too many idiot theories, but at this point the fandom, and much of the press, has gone full retard.)

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    Baalke’s daughter, is that you?

  15. The guy is unlucky. I just hope Cleveland doesn’t claim him. That would be the cruelest punishment of all.

  16. The plan was for the 49ers to be a good team without Jim Harbaugh. Then, a move like signing an Australian Rubgy player would really make Baalke look smart. Well the 49ers aren’t winning without Jim Harbaugh, and Baalke isn’t looking very smart. But since Harbaugh got them a new stadium, Jed and Baalke are laughing all the way to the bank, and the season ticket holders aren’t feeling very smart.

  17. He wasn’t a ‘fourth string RB’ in preseason according to niner bagz. They couldn’t shut up about his 28 yes per return & how he was better than Tyler Lockett. Bwahaha.

  18. Tim Tebow Jr, had the 49er Bay Area Media hyped up and had the 49er Followers thinking he was the next coming of Christ. What a joke. Its hilarious watching their fans grab on to the next straw or story the local media throws at them.

  19. This is the NFL which means not for long. Last week, we were reading stories about how the 49ers were talking about playing a preseason game in Sydney next year due to his popularity. This week he gets cut.

  20. No other team would have kept him on the 53 in the first place.
    That’s all you need to know about the Niners.

  21. The Patriots are not going to pick him, they already have a rugby star who they converted to a genuine NFL player. They took Nate Ebner out of OSU in the 2012 draft. He’s primarily a special teamer, as he was in college, and plays an occasional safety. So for everyone who says he should go to the Patriots, sorry but Belichick thought of using a rugby star long before anybody else did.

  22. thetruth49
    Oct 31, 2015, 2:40 PM PDT
    beastmode5150 says:

    So he’s not the savior? Or even good?

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    Dude, you are funny. You go silent when the Seahawks lose, but will chime in when the 49ers cut their 4th string running back
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    Not sure if you are tracking all of my posts, but if you are, you are as bad at that as knowing your own teams depth chart. I have posted numerous times after losses, namely congratulating the fans of the winning team. Try to keep up.

  23. thetruth49 says:
    Oct 31, 2015 5:40 PM
    beastmode5150 says:

    So he’s not the savior? Or even good?

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Dude, you are funny. You go silent when the Seahawks lose, but will chime in when the 49ers cut their 4th string running back.

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    Let him be. He should be more worried about Greg Hardy and Okung’s status, but if he gets his kick from bashing on the already downtrodden niners, so be it 😀

  24. Thetruth49- get em!
    Dont worry, seattle will be where the niners are next year or earlier and we all will rejoice…
    Theyll probably pick him up like they do will all our leftovers.

  25. moseszd says:
    Oct 31, 2015 4:12 PM
    Oh, there’s going to be much crying over this in 49er land. No doubt it’ll be cast as part of one of the many conspiracy theories about Jed York’s desire to completely destroy the club and use Kaepernick and Tomsula as his fall guys…

    (I’m probably blending in too many idiot theories, but at this point the fandom, and much of the press, has gone full retard.)

    This is by far the stupidest comment ever. So you mean to tell me a man with a 49-19-6 record and a 5-3 playoff record isn’t Jed Yorks fault??

    You’re stupid and you should probably turn the switch on yourself

  26. Harder to stay a Niner fan by the day…. He has talent and 1 play here or there did not let him get going…. Nor would it anyone… And they keep Bush who gets injured if someone look at him….. Great…

  27. He was lucky to get cut (as someone noted)…no doubt someone will pick him up. I’d hope the Pats would pick him up for special team work (as a gunner), and from there he can learn the ropes in other positions.

  28. You know a healthy Reggie Bush is the best running back in the NFL hands down. But much like Bigfoot nobody’s ever seen him… Reggie Bush is the softest player I’ve ever seen in my life, even more so than Troy Aikman who won strained his calf taking a snap from center.

  29. Perfect fit on the Packers, just perfect, no other team could possibly be a better match, especially the Patriots,Cowboys, Jets Lions, Seahawks, Browns and Texans because Hayne on the Packers is like a glove.

  30. deacon85 says:
    Oct 31, 2015 7:24 PM
    The Patriots are not going to pick him, they already have a rugby star who they converted to a genuine NFL player. They took Nate Ebner out of OSU in the 2012 draft. He’s primarily a special teamer, as he was in college, and plays an occasional safety. So for everyone who says he should go to the Patriots, sorry but Belichick thought of using a rugby star long before anybody else did.
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    Spoken like a true Asteriskophant – neither Ebner or Hayne are the first rugby players in the NFL. But if that helps you complete the fantasy, go on ahead. Someday, none of this will mean anything and your brief run on this bandwagon will end in emptiness. But hey, there’s always Arby’s, Dunkin D and clams. You’ll be fine.

  31. Raider Slob. err Rob weighing in on the hype, awesome. Maybe Jaminkis can do the ceremonial coin toss in LA next year. Enjoy your window this year, enjoy your flights on Southwest next year.

  32. If Hayne is lucky, he will end up on a practice squad with the Patriots, Packers, or Cards. Those teams can afford to properly develop him as they have enough depth on their 53 and enough running back talent where they would not need to rush him on to the field until he is mentally ready and the game slows down enough for him.

  33. With Bush injured and Gaskins looking like a mistake, bet the asshats in the SF front office wish they wouldn’t have cut Hayne… say what you will but there is NO WAY Hayne would have been any worse than the RB’s who suited up for SF against the Rams… just not possible.

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