49ers taking ‘scorching hand’ backfield approach in replacing Elijah Mitchell

The 49ers can have a brand new beginning operating again heading into Week 2 and Kyle Shanahan has an concept how they may decide who will probably be.

With Elijah Mitchell sidelined for roughly two months, Jeff Wilson Jr., together with rookies Ty Davis-Price and Jordan Mason will likely be competing for the lead-back position shifting ahead. The membership additionally signed former Indianapolis Colts ball provider Marlon Mack to their follow squad. The head coach defined that each one backs will compete for the job this week.

“For essentially the most half, that is what it was final week,” Shanahan mentioned on Wednesday. “We will get a really feel for them in these three days and we are going to go along with the new hand in the sport.”

Wilson Jr. is the apparent option to be tapped because the starter in Sunday’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran has considerably extra expertise in Shanahan’s system, however the head coach doesn’t like what he has seen from his two rookies.

“Both of them, I feel they’re very comparable,” Shanahan mentioned on Wednesday. “They do not fiddle, they get downhill. Two varieties of types that we’d like and what we like, however there’s much more to enjoying soccer with us than simply operating the ball.”

Shanahan defined that the tasks of a operating again in his system are layered. Not solely should there be no hesitation in hitting the holes that the offensive line creates, however they need to stay dialed in from their roles on particular groups to go safety.

What a operating again should do when the ball is not in his palms is simply as essential as what he does when it’s. For Shanahan’s offense to achieve success, all eleven gamers on the sphere should do their half. Add the ingredient of a large receiver who doubles as a operating again like Deebo Samuel and you’ve got a heightened potential for errors.

“Everyone works at it, however that stuff is not simple,” Shanahan mentioned. “When you are switching Deebo in and out of positions, and switching backs to receiver, and again to operating again, there’s loads that goes into it.

“Even individuals who realize it rather well mess it up, so it isn’t one thing simple. But the stress is on these guys to select [it] up sooner than they deliberate on in the start.”

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There’s nothing like being thrown into the fireplace and that is what Mason and Davis-Price may very well be experiencing this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

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