The 49ers made a move to bolster their offensive line depth by claiming guard Blake Hance after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. That addition to the roster meant that someone had to be let go, though. Second-year running back Trey Sermon was the choice, which surprised a lot of people.
The 2021 third-round pick had been receiving praise throughout training camp and the preseason, but it wasn't enough. Sermon posted 193 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on 44 touches across nine games played as a rookie. Let's take a look at the 49ers updated RB depth chart now.
49ers Running Back Depth Chart
1. Elijah Mitchell
Elijah Mitchell lines up the be a workhorse for head coach Kyle Shanahan as long as he is fully recovered from a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old logged 1,1100 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns as a rookie despite only playing in 11 games. His ceiling is sky-high on this powerful offense.
2. Jeff Wilson
Sermon's departure all but locks up the backup job for veteran Jeff Wilson. His physicality when rushing the football complements Mitchell well and gives the 49ers a well-oiled short-yardage machine. Don't be shocked if he vultures a few touchdowns this season when San Francisco is near the goal line.
3. Tyrion Davis-Price
The 49ers drafted Tyrion Davis-Price out of LSU in the third round of April's draft and he always had an inside track to make the Week 1 roster. He thrived in his final college season, tallying 1,003 yards on the ground to go along with six touchdowns on 211 carries. It'll be interesting to see what his snap count looks like as a rookie.
4. Jordan Mason
San Francisco fans know that the 49ers have a knack for helping undrafted free agents mold into NFL-caliber ball-carriers. In fact, Wilson joined the team as an UDFA in 2018. That's what makes Jordan Mason making the team over Trey Sermon an intriguing note. Mason rushed the ball 19 times across three preseason contests for 94 yards. He lines up to be Shanahan's latest developmental prospect.
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