Well, bad news around Jalen Hurd. He once again injured himself to the tune of a season-ending injury, by bowing out his ACL on a simple cut rounte on the sidelines of practice on Sunday. he had successfully overcome a back injury that sidelined him all of last year. He appears to be as snakebit as RB Jerick McKinnon the once and future star who hasn’t played a meaningful down yet and is entering his 3rd year as a 49er.
Deebo Samuel may or may not make the opening day roster, but his availability will likely fall somewhere between him missing 6 weeks, and Deebo saying he’ll be ready for the Cardinals game. To address these injuries, the 49ers have brought in Speedster Tavon Austin, J.J. Neson, and Jaron Brown to fight for their 2 spots.
And to add to this, Travis Benjamin opted out of the season. So there are 3 possible spots depending on the position decisions upcoming.
Austin of course is intriguing because of his blinding speed, and the way the 49ers use WRs in the short passing, and even running game, the thought of getting him the ball in space seems like a great idea. Nelson spent time with the Raiders and Cards and is a decent #2-3 guy. He and Austin are likely fighting for the same spot as they are both small speed guys.
Jaron Brown however is a big target at 6′ 3 and 203 lb. And 4.40 speed. He has that elusive potential.