Sunday, September 25, 2022

The San Francisco 49ers continue to build their position of need

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After suffering another running back injury in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers reportedly lifted Marlon Mack from their practice team to the 53-man roster Drew Rosenhaus, Robert Bailey and Adam Scherter.

A fourth-round pick for the Colts in 2017, Mack rushed for 2,484 yards and 20 touchdowns during his five-year tenure at Indianapolis. Despite appearing in just six games over the past two years and requesting a trade that ultimately didn’t go through, Mack was given an opportunity to spread his wings in the spring of 2022 by signing with the Houston Texans in April, only to forego it four months later, due in part to the design of the new Bell Cow Back Dameon Pierce.

From there, Mack remained a popular name among RB-needy teams before signing with the 49ers’ practice team on September 13. Although he was ultimately not included on the practice team to perform in Week 2, Tyrion Davis-Price’s high ankle sprain opened the door to more touches for the South Florida product and created much more urgency to keep him long-term.

When asked about Davis-Price’s injury in Week 2, Kyle Shanahan provided some less than ideal information about his team’s pick for the 2022 third round.

Jeff Wilson had a quiet performance in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Despite being on the field for 59 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, he rushed the ball for 22 yards just nine times and rallied eight more yards on two receptions from two goals.

Luckily by week 2, Wilson looked like a completely different back.

In his first start since Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season, Wilson actually had three fewer rushing snaps than in Week 1, falling from 40 to 37, but was used far more effectively, running the ball 18 times for 84 yards with two more receptions this time for 19 yards. Wilson averaged 4.67 yards per carry, which is .47 better than his career average of 42. He led all niners in yards from scrimmage with 103.

Even with Mack now added to the 53-man roster, San Francisco will need another big week from Wilson to keep his winning streak alive and go 2-0 in the division.

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