Last week, Jarryd Hayne was dropped by the struggling San Francisco 49ers, who have a miserable 2 win, 5 loss record, and have only scored 10 touchdowns all season. Think Western Suburbs Magpies any time during the 90’s.
So after his heroics during pre-season, including THAT memorable 53-yard run, how could he be dropped?
The stats don’t lie.
Hayne plays in positions where you only get a short amount of time to impress. In fact you may only have one or two chances during a game to show the Head Coach that you deserve to be there. Unfortunately for Hayne, he has been unable to make an impact thus far, not helped by his bumbling teammates. His official 2015 stats don’t make for pretty reading, whether you are a first year rookie with no previous experience playing the game, or a 10-year veteran. His 8 rushing attempts have yielded 25 yards, with his best a 13-yard gain way back in week one. I fact, of his 8 rush attempts, only 3 have resulted in a gain. Add to that his 3 fumbles, including on his very first play in the NFL.
No one is going to hold Hayne’s hand and walk him through the season. There are 16 regular season games to play, and the 49ers needed to make changes to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Hayne just happened to be a casualty of their performances.
In Australia, the media seem quick to signal the move to drop Hayne as the beginning of the end. But the Australian media know very little about the NFL, and Hayne’s latest setback made for a good story. Bad news is always better than good news if you’re a dying newspaper.
So where to now for the Hayne Plane?
There is no reserve grade in the NFL, but they have a 10-man practice squad that trains along side the regular team, but doesn’t actually play. If he is released to the 49ers practice squad, he can switch teams at any time, but only to another team’s active roster. If he is officially released, he can then join another team’s practice squad.In the NRL, if you aren’t picked to play NRL, you usually playing NSW Cup or QLD Cup, essentially reserve grade in the respective states.
Hayne needs to practice hard, stay fit and healthy, and remain motivated. Playing as a running back or punt returner in the NFL is about staying positive and being ready when your time comes.
With Carlos Hyde’s foot injury worsening, the Hayne Plane’s dream isn’t over just yet, it’s just hit a bit of turbulence. Stand by for more action!