The Australian running back made waves during his first NFL preseason, excelling on punt returns. However, he had issues with fumbles during the season and was eventually moved to the practice team.
Despite cutting Hayne from the 53-man roster, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was happy with what he saw from the novice player.
“Absolutely it was worth it,” Baalke said. “And I’m really looking forward to how he responds in year two. He gained some valuable experience last year, both in game situations and within the practice settings.”
Baalke also said that San Francisco’s new coaching staff is eager to see what Hayne can offer.
“He’s excited to get his hands on him, the whole coaching staff is,” Baalke said of Kelly. “We’ll find out in short order who fits and who doesn’t fit.”
Hayne, 27, averaged 9.5 yards on his eight punt returns during the regular season.