49ers’ Jarryd Hayne is retiring from the NFL to return to rugby
Hayne surprisingly made the roster last summer after impressing 49ers coaches with his punt return skills early in training camp. He also flashed the ability to make defenders miss in the open field and simply truck them over during his limited preseason snaps as a running back.
That’s just former Rugby League star @jarrydhayne_1, turning NFL defenders into pancakes.
— NFL (@NFL) September 4, 2015
Hayne worked last season as a backup running back, punt returner, and special teams player for the 49ers. He finished the year with 17 carries for 52 yards, six receptions for 27 yards, and eight punt returns for 76 yards. He fumbled on his first NFL touch, muffing a punt against the Vikings on Monday Night Football. He continued getting action for the first six weeks of the season before he was eventually waived and signed to the team’s practice squad.
The body control. The balance. The jab step. Jarryd Hayne is just showing off now.
— Oscar (@BetterRivals) September 4, 2015
Prior to the San Francisco’s Week 16 game against the Lions, Hayne was promoted back to the active roster. He registered 14 of his 23 career offensive touches in that game, totaling 47 yards.
Hayne will now attempt to play in the Olympics with the Fiji Rugby Sevens team.
Finally, the AFC South appears to be on the rise.
The Jaguars just earned the offseason championship crown with a spending spree in free agency and a promising draft that netted them two top-five talents in Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. The Titans have their quarterback of the future in Marcus Mariota. The Colts hopes rest entirely on Andrew Luck’s arm — per usual — but Luck should begin the season fully healthy. And then there are the Texans.
A year ago, the Texans captured the AFC South, though they only won nine games. According to star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, that gives the Texans the title of “the team to beat” in the division, even if the rest of the division is trending upward.
It’s not just his effect on Brady and on the team that’s been incredible, though. It’s also his individual production.
Being that Saturday is Gronk’s 27th birthday, now is as good a time as any to examine how his production stacks up with other tight ends through their age-26 seasons. Gronk has racked up 380 catches in his 80 games, and he’s seen those catches total 5,555 yards and 65 Gronk Spikes. How do those figures compare to other tight ends?
“Our plan would be for Robert, if it carries out, to come in, solidify himself and then, if we felt like he’s our answer longer term, to begin working on a longer-term deal,” Brown said, per Ohio.com. “Way premature to be talking about that at this point. He’s got to be able to come in, earn the starting job and then be able to show that he can lead our offense in a manner that’s going to allow us to be successful to compete for this division and ultimately for the Super Bowl.
“That comment [about Griffin being able to play in Cleveland for a long time] was certainly in line with that, but also the fact that he’s just 26 years old and he wants to play for a long time. He provides that upside, if he’s able to come in and do what’s first, which is establish himself as a starter and a capable starter for us.”