49ers News: Trey Sermon Impressing at San Francisco's OTAs

Adam Taylor McKillop
San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Trey Sermon is already impressing at team OTAs, playing "ahead of the curve" during his first-team reps.
San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Trey Sermon is already impressing at team OTAs, playing "ahead of the curve" during his first-team reps. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers took two running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft, mostly to add depth to a position with a troubled injury history over the past couple of years. Last year, the entire 49ers roster suffered from the injury bug, and the running back depth chart was hit particularly hard.

Raheem Mostert, the 49ers No. 1 option in the backfield, only saw action in eight starts after dealing with a ankle issue throughout the 2020 campaign. Jeff Wilson Jr., the potential No. 2 back, is already expected to miss at least 4-to-6 months with a torn meniscus.

It's surely a good thing that San Francisco spent a third-round draft pick on Trey Sermon, who emerged as a star with the Ohio State Buckeyes during his final collegiate season. With Wilson out and Mostert taking things slow this summer because of his injury history, Sermon has kicked off 49ers OTAs with first-team reps. The early reviews are glowing.

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According to reports from San Francisco's OTAs, Sermon is already playing "ahead of the curve" in coach Kyle Shanahan's outside zone rushing scheme. This is very welcomed news for a rushing attack desperately seeking stability.

Last season, San Francisco's rushing attack ranked middle of the pack in terms of yards per game (15th) with 118.1 yards averaged. What was most troubling, because of the injuries, was seeing four different running backs earn starts during the 16-game schedule.

Mostert is still the clear-cut No. 1 back in San Francisco, but Sermon has an opportunity to secure himself as the No. 2 option ahead of names like Wilson and newcomer Wayne Gallman if he continues to impress this offseason.

Currently, the 49ers hold the fourth-best odds (+1300) to win the 2021 Super Bowl, according to the latest NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. Sermon rushed for 870 yards and 4 touchdowns in just 8 games for the Buckeyes last season. With these early reviews, it's good to see the 49ers made a wise choice in finding depth at running back in the draft.

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