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The Shanaplan: Which RB is the odd man out on game day?

Will the 49ers really dress 5 RBs during the season?

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The 49ers caught a lot of people off guard when they decided to keep five running backs on the 53-man roster. However, keeping Jordan Mason made sense, given his upside, potential impact, and the health of the other running backs.

During today’s episode of The Shanaplan, Akash and I discussed what the roster's construction tells us about how the Niners will look offensively.

It’s a Kyle Shanahan team. We know they’re going to run the ball. Elijah Mitchell will get the first crack at carries since he’s RB1. Jeff Wilson Jr. is the veteran third-down back and will be active. Ty Davis-Price won’t be inactive. He rotated with the starters more in practice than last year’s third-rounder.

That leaves two options: Mason, the undrafted free agent, or Trey Sermon, last year’s third-round pick. Shanahan has said all of the right things about Sermon, even singling out the second-year runner for a preseason carry against the Texans.

It feels like the 49ers want Sermon to be their third-down back. He lined up in the slot once and had six snaps out wide as a receiver. The team also got a good look at Sermon as a pass blocker, as he had ten pass-blocking snaps. And to Sermon’s credit, he didn’t allow any pressure.

Then, you have Mason, who couldn’t have had a better August. It didn’t matter if it was practice or a game; Mason ran for first downs. Mason is a no-nonsense runner who seems like a diamond in the rough.

Check out the full episode below to hear who we believe will be the odd man out:

Other topics include:

  • Why Akash doesn’t believe Jimmy G. delayed shoulder surgery this offseason
  • What is your biggest positional worry?
  • What would you have done differently if you ran the 49ers?

Which running back do you believe doesn’t dress?


Which RB doesn’t dress Week 1?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Jeff Wilson
    (17 votes)
  • 5%
    Ty Davis-Price
    (44 votes)
  • 76%
    Trey Sermon
    (661 votes)
  • 16%
    Jordan Mason
    (140 votes)
862 votes total Vote Now