“He is the Perfect Fit for the Kyle Shanahan Run Scheme” – Analyst Compares Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon

October 25, 2020 4:14 am

The 49ers were dealt a massive blow in the build-up to Week Seven as RB Raheem Mostert was placed on the injury reserve list for a high ankle sprain suffered against the Los Angeles Rams. Mostert was the shining light in an otherwise below-par 49ers offense this season (barring George Kittle, of course).

However, his long-term injury means that RB Jerick ‘Jet’ McKinnon will move up the depth chart. Jet has dealt with long-term issues over his first two seasons with the 49ers. This is his first full season with them and he will look to make the most of this opportunity knocking at his door.

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Popular NFL analyst prefers Raheem Mostert over Jerick McKinnon

In just four games this season, Mostert has rushed for 300+ yards with one rushing TD to his name. In fact, he has crossed the 500+ rushing yards mark for the last three consecutive seasons.

Here’s why NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms feels that the 49ers will miss Mostert.

“It looks different on the field, for lack of a better phrase, he has three rockets up his butt, and he’s arguably the fastest guy on the field every time he’s on [the field]. It’s hard to replace speed or emulate that,”

“The same hole Jerick McKinnon sees and Raheem Mostert sees, Mostert sees it and goes go-go gadget legs and he turns it on and he can hit that hole and go through it before it ever closes. McKinnon sees it and he goes, ‘There’s the hole,’ but just as he’s getting four or five yards, it starts to close and he goes down.”

Sep 27, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (28) runs between New York Giants linebacker Devante Downs (52) and outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (59) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“That’s why [Mostert is] so dangerous. He’s the perfect fit for the [Kyle] Shanahan run scheme, where, yes, stretch them out, Shanahan will find a seam, then put your foot down and go 100 miles per hour through that hole. That’s where it’s the perfect match of player and scheme,” Simms added via NBC Sports.

Kyle Shanahan’s boys take on the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots in Week Seven of the ongoing season. The 49ers have a 3-3 record in the league this year and are last in the NFC West Division table.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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