49ers promote Jeremy McNichols to active roster

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When the Buccaneers drafted running back Jeremy McNichols in the fifth round of this year’s draft, there were some who wondered if a good showing this summer could put him in contention for a role with the team while Doug Martin was suspended to open the year.

McNichols didn’t have a good showing, though, and he was cut when the team made the move to 53 players in early September. He will get a chance to play in the NFL this season, however.

The 49ers promoted McNichols to their active roster on Wednesday and he’ll get a look over the final five weeks of the season. It may not be a big one as he’s taking the place of Raheem Mostert, who was placed on injured reserve and ran the ball six times this season while playing behind Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida.

The 49ers also signed offensive lineman Tim Barnes, who spent the summer with the team, and placed offensive lineman Erik Magnuson on injured reserve.

5 responses to “49ers promote Jeremy McNichols to active roster

  1. .
    Shanahan believes in a strong short passing game. Garopollo’s strength is his ability to be accurate in the short to medium game. Having a strong pass receiving RB is essential part of this type of scheme.

  2. Can McNichols play special teams like Mostert did? I’m more curious about who the backup QB is? And then, who on the OL is going to step up to protect Garopollo, so the 49ers don’t have to think about using that backup QB?

  3. Exciting player with the ball in his hands. Massive liability without the ball in his hands. Couldn’t remember how to run his routes, always missed his blocking assignments. I’m a Bucs fan, and everybody was pumped when he was drafted because he was a really dynamic, exciting guy, and he was expected to have big impact and a receiving/change of pace back. The guy didn’t even make it out of training camp because he kept letting pass rushers by and running to the wrong spot on the field.

    Not sure how he’s going to get used other than really simple routes. He just could not figure out the fundamentals of the NFL passing game. He should be a really good receiving RB, but sure didn’t look like one in training camp. At all.

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