Playing football in the NFL is not for everyone. Jarryd Hayne attempted to play NFL football last year after playing Australian rugby his whole career. He joined the team last offseason and made the roster against all odds. During the season, he made waves with his open field ability to make defenders miss and his power runs. He decided to leave the NFL after his one season to complete in the Summer Olympics in Rio.
The 49ers begin their OTAs today. There are a lot of position battles that will be highly contested. A team with a losing record usually has many spots open for competition and the 49ers are exactly in that position. The biggest battles will be on the offensive line and the quarterback position. The offensive line was in shambles last season. Other than Joe Staley's spot, all starting spots are available. It will be interesting to see who separates themselves from the pack.
Another good battle will be for the starting spot alongside NaVorro Bowman. Michael Wilhoite started last season as his partner, but Gerald Hodges took over once Wilhoite went down injured. Add in Stanford product Shayne Skov, Ray-Ray Armstrong, and Nick Bellore into the mix for the job. The competitions for the receiver and cornerback spots will be highly competitive. Other than Torrey Smith, the players on the receiving corp are unproven. The WRs have been a problem spot for the 49ers for years, but the players hope to fix that problem this offseason.
Which Rookie Will Play Most? (Barrows)
Good luck Jarryd | Leaving The NFL For Olympic Chance (Maiocco)
Hayne Can Participate In Olympics (Biderman)
Lived The NFL Dream (Maiocco)
Thanks From Jarryd (ESPN.com)
Good to hear | Injuries Helped Marcus Lattimore (Biderman)
Players Wish Hayne Luck On His Future (49ers Staff)
No Rookies Attending Rookie Premiere (CSN Staff)
The talent on the defensive line should be able to get after QBs | Getting After The QB (Maiocco)
Carlos Hyde should have a great year | Player Predictions (Cohn)
Hayne's Switch Approved (Associated Press)
Let the competitions begin | 1st Week Of OTAs (Biderman)
Torrey Smith Helping Animal Shelter (Emerick)
Joe's Toughness (Schwab)
Let's see the product work on the field | Chip On Team's Draft Thinking (Branch)
5 Storylines During OTAs (Fann)
Hayne's Wild Ride (Ludlow)
WR Burbridge College Highlights (49ers Video)