Kyle Shanahan: We had to move on from Jalen Hurd

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The 49ers had high hopes for wide receiver Jalen Hurd when they took him in the third round of the 2019 draft, but they went totally unrealized.

Hurd missed his rookie season with a back injury and tore his ACL in 2020, so he came into the 2021 season without any game experience. He played in the team’s final preseason game this summer, but went back on injured reserve before the season opener because of further issues with his knee.

Waiting to put Hurd on injured reserve until after the cut to 53 players preserved the chance to activate him this season, but that won’t be happening because the 49ers released Hurd on Friday. On Saturday, head coach Kyle Shanahan explained why the team decided to cut ties with the wideout at this point.

“We realized he wasn’t going to come back this year,” Shanahan said, via “We were giving it as much time as we could. We all felt very strongly that if he could come back, how much he could have helped us. But for the third year in a row, just with his [bad luck] with these injuries, how it was healing, we knew it wasn’t going to be this year. Just going into a fourth year in a row of it would just be too much of a risk for our organization, so we had to move on.”

The 49ers landed contributors like defensive end Nick Bosa, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, and linebacker Dre Greenlaw in the 2019 draft, but Hurd goes down as a swing and a big miss.

7 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: We had to move on from Jalen Hurd

  1. Hurd looked great when he played, but it seems like his knee just won’t fully heal. Wish him luck.

  2. So either he wasn’t that hurt and they were stashing him on IR and gave up, or he was hurt, they rushed him back to play in the all-important last exhibition game of the season, and he screwed himself up enough to be done for the year. That’s some genius player management right there.

  3. We can tell if the locker room has move on from Shanahan. It will depend on how the 49ers play on Monday night.

  4. Shanahan is among the top coaches in the league. He has more experience than coaches who are much older. He learned from one of the best all time coaches. His dad. The 49ers also have a GM. He’s in charge of personnel. He’s in charge of putting together the entire personnel operation, and he is the one accountable for all personnel moves. Not Kyle. John Lynch is a great guy. A former great player. Recently inducted into the HOF. He was hired with zero experience. None. Zilch. But he’s a great guy. I’m not knocking anyone for Jalen Hurts. Stuff like that happens to the best. Het, Bill Belichick drafted Aaron Hernandez. Like I said. It can happen to the best. The 49ers have made it to the super bowl under Shanahan and Lynch. Better make sure you have a better replacement before you move on from what you have. Good luck finding that.

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