Trent Williams, 32, of the Pro Bowl, is among the oldest, tallest and most decorated members of the 49.
The incompetent rookie coming back, 24-year-old JaMycal Hasty is among the youngest, shortest and most anonymous players on the team.
But the strange couple – 5-foot-8 Hasty is 9 inches shorter than Williams – have something in common: They both attend Longview High School (Texas) and play for head coach John King.
And King said in a phone interview Friday that their similarities don’t end there. In high school, every prospective NFL player was focused on playing in the NBA.
“For some reason, Trent thought he would be a postman and Jamikal would be a spendthrift,”
Williams and Husty could share this Sunday: Both could be key to the offense when the 49 visit New England.
Of course, this is nothing new for Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. But this is unfamiliar territory for Hasty, who was not among the 255 players made in April, started the season on the coaching staff and had two careers, entering the fourth quarter of the 24-16 victory over Aries last Sunday.
However, Husty replaced Jeric McKinnon in the last 15 minutes, and the undersized and neglected rookie didn’t look overwhelmed. On his first run, Hasti ran a 9-yard run and tore off a 10-yard boost on his seventh run, which started the clock running out.
His performance of nine runs, 37 yards, showed the explosion and speed that Hasti demonstrated through training camps that were open to reporters. He also showed the ability to cope, which was rather unknown in the summer, which had no pre-season games. The rush is short – but it has a compact 205-pound frame.
George Keatle said it was quickly clear in the camp that Hasti would stay. Keatle said Husty’s performance was reminiscent of his first training sessions, escaping Matt Braida in 2017. Braida, then an unprepared rookie, continued to rush for 1,902 yards and an average of 5 yards to wear in three seasons before being replaced in Miami. out of season.
The hurried one “makes a play every day,” Keatle said. “Whether it’s a juke, a spin, a great block, a great cut … when you have a person like that who you notice doing a play every day, then you start to feel more comfortable and you want him to get more opportunities. And it does now. He takes advantage of his opportunities. “
Hasty figures to have a better chance on Sunday due to the rash of 49 years from back injuries. Starter Raheem Mostert (ankle) is heading for an injured reserve, Tevin Coleman (knee) is on IR and Jeff Wilson (calf) is in question for Sunday’s match.
This leaves Hasti and Jeric McKinnon as lonely healthy bodies. And McKinnon, who missed the previous two seasons with knee problems, hasn’t looked particularly spicy since playing 67 of 73 clicks in a 4-week loss to the Eagles. This week, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49 have to deal with better with McKinnon’s load management.
McKinnon has 18 yards on seven runs in the last two games. And his performance against Aries made Shanahan give Husty a chance while the game was still in doubt.
“I’ve had too many rookies who look really good in practice and when they come into the game, they’re just open eyes,” Shanahan told KNBR on Friday. “They don’t run the same way. Their legs die. They drop the ball. This man looked exactly the same. He does not hesitate. He acts like a veterinarian. It is worn as a veterinarian. Therefore, if we need it, whatever the situation, we will not hesitate to include it. “
Hasty released authentic, I have this mood during an interview for Zoom this week.
The biggest correction from Baylor to the NFL?
“So far,” he said, “there really hasn’t been anything out of the ordinary.”
His level of anxiety when Shanahan called him for the fourth quarter?
“No nerves … I just go out there and play football,” Husty said. “It’s something I’ve done all my life. And I’m just trying to go out there and make it football. Don’t think much. Just go out and play and have fun and live with the results. “
On Sunday, at his greatest opportunity in his new career, Husty was at least a few times ahead of Williams, his colleague Longview High alum. As for Kittle, he said he was eager to block a back that immediately looked like his.
“You can feel the trust coming from him,” Keatle said. “And when you have a back that is confident and you have a back that is physical and can cut like that, it makes my job a little easier.”
Eric Brunch covers the 49 for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @Eric_Branch