Things haven’t gone according to plan for 49ers running back Trey Sermon since he was drafted in the third round prior to last season.
Now, his spot on the team’s roster might be in jeopardy.
Sermon was dealing with an injury earlier in Training Camp. But after returning prior to the preseason game on Saturday, he barely made an impact.
In their game against the Vikings, Trey Sermon carried the ball just 5 times for a mere eight yards. But running backs Jordan Davis and Tyrion Davis-Price were both able to impress given the opportunity.
During the game, Niners fans were calling for some of their newer additions to be granted a roster spot over Sermon.
Trey Sermon by mid season pic.twitter.com/MeXj3ccNMS
— taylor (bella’s bf) (@KThompsonSzn) August 21, 2022
Rewatching 49ers vs Vikings and I just don’t see the vision or awareness from Trey Sermon that I was hoping he’d improve on from his rookie season
Right now UDFA RB Jordan Mason is a more decisive runner and has a better feel for finding running lanes
— Brad (@Graham_SFN) August 21, 2022
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) August 21, 2022
49ers running backs vs Vikings
Jordan Mason 9 attempts 6 missed tackles forced
TDP 10 attempts 3 missed tackles forced
Hasty 3 attempts 1 missed tackle forced
Trey Sermon 5 attempts 0 missed tackles forced#49ers pic.twitter.com/NQpr7u4opL
— John Chapman (@JL_Chapman) August 21, 2022
Jordan Mason is so much better than Trey Sermon.
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 21, 2022
Jordan Mason should make the team over Trey Sermon pic.twitter.com/WF2VSqs4nt
— ۟ (@treyIance09) August 21, 2022
Fantasy Football Impact Of Trey Sermon Disappointing
It’s more than likely that the Niners trading up to select Trey Sermon last year will give the Ohio State product a leg up in any competition. But if this Jordan Mason kid continues to stand out, Kyle Shanahan might just pull the plug on the whole Sermon project.
Earlier in the offseason, Shanahan lamented the work Sermon did in the offseason.
“He has done everything he can,” Shanahan said via NBC Sports. “Watching him in OTAs, he was as yoked-up as he could be. He was in as (good of) shape as he could be. Like you could tell the guy learned from his rookie year and wants to do a lot more.”
Regardless of what the Niners decide to do with their Trey Sermon debacle, it’s clear that their running back by committee approach will make it hard to take any of their backs early on in any fantasy football draft.
As it stands, Eli Mitchell is the only 49ers running back we have ranked in the top 50 at the position, per our Stokastic draft cheat sheet. Mitchell is currently listed as the #25 running back on our list, with backup Jeff Wilson Jr. checking in at #49 in a full PPR league.
It’s starting to look like Trey Sermon might just be completely phased out of the Niners’ offense, and perhaps a change of scenery would be best for all parties.
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