Australian sportsman Jarryd Hayne’s chances of making the 49ers’ final roster is looking surer after his performance on Sunday in Santa Clara after another display of his talents.
“[Jarryd Hayne is] in the conversation to make the 53-man roster”, says 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula of the 27-year-old who has been making a name for himself in the National American Football League.
In two pre-season games, Hayne has tallied 258 all-purpose yards which is far more than any other 49er. In fact, according to the Sydeny Morning Herald, Hayne has been not only the most electrifying member of the 49ers but the talk of the NFL as the league reaches the mid-point of the exhibition season.
Hayne told reporters that he was ready to line up for the first quarter when he noticed there was a smudge on his faceguard. Haynes ran to the sideline to clear his mask and returned to the field after the game had just started.
He added he initially lost track of the ball which was a 66-yard (60 meters) punt from Dallas’ Chris Jones, and only managed to pick it up as it was starting to descend.
“As soon as the ball went up, I lost it straight away,” he said. “By the height and the way it was rotating, I knew it was long. I said, ‘Shoot, that’s going a long way.’ I turned my back, got the read [on the ball] on the way down and put my hands out and thought it would roll off backward, because how much ground I had to cover. I just had to do my best.”
But he managed to get hold of the ball and started making up for the ground he had lost, gaining 27 yards (almost 25 meters) and setting up the 49ers’ first scoring drive.
Shortly after Hayne gained 31 meters on his second punt return and again 21 meters during his next play. Hayne averaged 28 yards per return reported SMH adding, “By contrast, his Cowboys counterpart averaged 11.3 yards on his three returns.”
“Obviously the guy is doing really well and making a great case for himself. That’s the story. He’s never played the game and is in the conversation to make the 53-man roster. That’s the story. That speaks to who he is,” said 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula of plans to include the Australian into their 53-man squad.
Hayne started his career he playing professional rugby for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League (NRL). He earned representative honours at All Star, State, and International levels (Australia and Fiji) throughout his rugby league career. He was awarded the Dally M Medalin 2009 and 2014 as the NRL’s player of the year. In 2009, Hayne won the Rugby League International Federation’s International Player of the Year award.
Australia showed their support of Hayne Plane, as he’s been dubbed, with well wishes extending from as high up as Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Get on board the #HaynePlane #Perth! @jarrydhayne_1
— Tweet Perth (@tweetperth) August 25, 2015
You have to say it:) Cracked it @jarrydhayne_1 #HaynePlane✈️ pic.twitter.com/wAVCZITyXf
— Aaron Smith (@A_Smith09) August 24, 2015
Good to hear reports of another outstanding performance by the #HaynePlane – congratulations @jarrydhayne_1
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) August 24, 2015
Man I’m loving watching @jarrydhayne_1 do his thing in the #NFLPreseason. Make it or not he has to be respected!! Keep it up my man..
— Lote Tuqiri (@LoteTuqiri) August 24, 2015