Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Shanahan: 49ers WR Jalen Hurd could play this weekend against the Raiders

Rohan Chakravarthi
Aug 26, 2021 at 6:45 PM--


49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan went onto KNBR's Tolbert, Krueger, and Brooks show earlier today, making his second appearance within the last week.

While the quarterbacks were obviously the talk of the town, Shanahan provided some detail on two of the team's receivers fighting to make the 53-man roster: Jalen Hurd and Travis Benjamin.

Jalen Hurd, who has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game despite being drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, returned to practice this week and was a participant in team drills both Wednesday and Thursday, sparking optimism from Shanahan that the receiver could make an appearance this weekend against the Las Vegas Raiders in the team's third and final preseason game.

When asked what was expected of Hurd in the final outing before the regular season, Shanahan focused more on the health of the third-year player rather than a wow factor to solidify his spot on the team.

"It's not about showing us that he can make [the 53-man roster]. If Hurd's healthy and he's ready to go, there's a reason we drafted him. I mean, Hurd's going to be a hell of a player, but he's been battling some serious injuries these last two years and what's been great this week is he's been out there."

While it has been a small sample size of only two practices, Shanahan likes what he's seen from the receiver given the amount of reps he's played and even said that Hurd could get playing time on Sunday, should he remain healthy.

"We've had two really hard practices [and] he's made them two days in a row in as much reps as he's had since he's been here," Shanahan said. "We just finished our second one, [so] I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet, but he got through it, he looked good, and I hope he comes back tomorrow feeling good, and hopefully he gets some playing time here on Sunday if he feels right."

In addition to Hurd, Shanahan shed light on Benjamin, who has been in the spotlight over the past few weeks following strong training camp and preseason performances, as a player who could definitely add something new to the team.

The 49ers head coach acknowledged the speed that the team possessed and values Benjamin's ability as not only a speed threat, but a physical one as well.

"Speed is something that we value a lot and that's something that we had a little bit when we first started, but we were missing some of the more physical receivers. Now, we got a little more physical receivers and at times, we're missing some speed, so a guy like Travis [Benjamin], he could help us a lot at a certain level."

Shanahan also addressed that the team will likely carry only six receivers, but didn't give a confirmation on whether Benjamin could be one of them, although he's been happy with what he's seen so far.

Said Shanahan, "when you can blow the top off, whether they guard you or they don't, it opens up the whole field [and opens] up bigger windows. So, it's been good for Travis, seeing him make a couple plays in these last two games, and we'll see how this pans out [and if] he'll be one of our six [receivers on the 53-man roster]."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Shanahan below.






More San Francisco 49ers News



Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo 'doing a lot better,' 49ers QB could be 'ready to go' for Week 7

By David Bonilla
Oct 12

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan joined KNBR this morning and provided an update on his starting quarterback. No, not rookie Trey Lance. Jimmy Garoppolo. If healthy, Garoppolo is expected to be the Week 7 starter against the Indianapolis Colts. Lance may not even be available for that game. The rookie quarterback suffered a knee sprain during his first start this past weekend. The injury could keep him out for one or two weeks. Garoppolo is attempting to return from the calf injury sustained on October 3. It sounds like the 49ers are optimistic about his recovery. "I mean, he's doing good," Shanahan said on the Murph &



Kyle Shanahan assesses the play of Trey Lance, Trey Sermon, others during 49ers-Seahawks

By David Bonilla
Oct 4

Kyle Shanahan had a chance to study the film from yesterday's disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks and has reviewed the game with his players. The San Francisco 49ers head coach spoke with reporters today via a conference call and assessed the play of several players, including rookie quarterback Trey Lance. Lance started the second half after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a calf contusion. The veteran quarterback will be re-evaluated later this week and could still play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. As for Lance, he finished the game 9-of-18 for 157 yards with two touchdowns. The coach was asked what teaching points from the game he



Kyle Shanahan breaks down the 49ers' play that saw Trey Lance stopped at the goal line vs. Cardinals

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Oct 12

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance made his NFL debut Sunday and the day came with its ups-and-downs, as the 49ers failed to execute on offense, leading to a 17-10 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Lance was featured heavily, as he threw 29 passes and ran the ball 16 times for 89 yards, which was questionable, given the amount of contact he faced in the game. One of those controversial plays came on 4th & Goal at the ARI 1 in the second quarter, with the 49ers looking to score a touchdown down 7-0. Running play-action, Lance faked the handoff to Elijah Mitchell and rolled to his right, electing to try and run for the score rather than passing the ball once his first read, the halfback, wasn't available. He was met by two Arizona linebackers, Isaiah



49ers QB Trey Lance says he didn't take as many hits as it seemed against Cardinals

By Kirk Larrabee
Oct 10

On the surface, it may seem like 49ers quarterback Trey Lance took a bit too much punishment in his first NFL start, having carried the ball 16 times while being on the other end of two sacks and seven quarterback hits. But thankfully, Lance got out of the game unscathed and assured reporters afterwards the hits he took weren't as bad as they looked. Lance spoke to reporters following the 49ers' 17-10 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, during which he ran for 89 yards while also throwing for 192 yards and one interception on 15-of-29 passing. He downplayed any concerns about the amount of hits he took, saying that most of them didn't exactly leave him in pain. "I didn't really think I took too many shots. I'm sure I'll see how I feel tomorrow. A lot of them were


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone