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.
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.”
“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.