Kyle Shanahan is mentally scarred for the 2021 season, when the San Francisco 49ers had to go deep into the running back depth chart due to an injury. The team lost starter Raheem Mostert in Week 1. Then-rookie Elijah Mitchell was injured in Week 2, forcing the 49ers’ third-line players to return.

That prompted San Francisco to add five running backs to its initial 53-man roster this week. Undrafted rookie Jordan Mason came out of training camp and in the preseason, leaving the Niners with some tough decisions. JaMycal Hasty didn’t make the team and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. San Francisco had to cut another running back to make room for offensive lineman Blake Hans, who they claimed waived a waiver. That running back was last year’s third-round pick, Trey Sermon.

The 49ers want to bring the preaching back through practice classes. However, the Philadelphia Eagles asked him to waive the waiver. The loss of two running backs he loves so much hurts Shanahan, but it says something about how the team feels about Mason.

The coach didn’t want to lose Mason and knew that having a rookie touching the waiver line meant doing so.

“We really didn’t expect [Mason] Be where he is,” Shanahan admitted on KNBR on Thursday tolbert and cops programme. “We think we can keep the back four and keep him going [the] practice team. But how he did in training camp and at the end of practice, and how he did in the preseason, we really felt like we were going to lose him. And we actually know we’re going to do it. “

That means San Francisco knows other teams are interested in acquiring Mason, which forces them to choose their preferred remaining running back.

Still, Shanahan is excited about the team they now have, consisting of Mitchell, Jeff Wilson, and rookies Mason and Ty Davis-Price.

“I look at our running back group, and for four years in a row, we used all four of our guys in the first six weeks,” Shanahan shared. “Last year, we had our third running back in Week 2. Actually, in Week 2, we put a running back in the game, I call him [his] number, Jimmy too [Garoppolo] Because we don’t know his name yet. So we asked the guard’s number if he knew how to play power when huddled during timeouts.

“I’m a little bit scarred by that stuff, so it’s hard for us to lose guys who have the ability to be No. 1 and No. 2. Those are the things you really value because you can have these qualities of a good player in the third offense. , a little bit of everything, but when you lose the first and second offense, it’s kind of hard to play with what we’ve done on offense.

“That’s what JP Mason has shown so much in preseason, I think, he has the ability, like some of the rest of us — like Ty, like Elijah — to be the first and second starting runners. Wei. And that’s something we take too seriously.”

Javin Kinrow

Shanahan was asked about his third-year defensive tackle Jacob Kinlaw, who returned after undergoing knee surgery last season. The coach acknowledged that Kinlaw had a terrific preseason as the burly guard finally felt good. It’s a big difference from last year, when Kinlaw just tried to find a way to practice and play without taking too much pain.

“He’s made up of the right people,” Shanahan said. “His talent is unbelievable. Hopefully he can finish some games this season where he doesn’t have any setbacks because if he does [last], the more that guy plays, the more a problem he becomes to the person in front of him. “

Drake Jackson

The 49ers surprised to land defensive end Drake Jackson in the second round. They saw the talent and athleticism of a top-10 pick and figured he wouldn’t be on the floor when San Francisco made the selection.

After watching his college movie, Shanahan understood why some teams had concerns about Jackson. There are some inconsistencies.

“But we still don’t believe he’s going to fall into our hands,” Shanahan said. “And then when he did, we said, ‘Okay, we have a chance to have a talented guy.’ Since he’s been here, I think what you’ve seen in pre-season and what we’ve seen every day in training Yeah, he’s just that talented, and it’s really cool to see that — a guy who can move like that and do things like that, because we get his place.

“But it’s still true. He’s got to prove he can stay healthy, he can play, and he can do it in and out, because talent is a fact. I’m really excited because he’s up to the challenge of how we practice here, How our D-line went, how hard they worked, it was really encouraging to watch him learn how to do it and not hold back from it. A little bit towards it.

“That’s why I think he’s going to correct a lot of things at this level that he didn’t do in college. If he does, I think everyone’s going to see that talent pay off.”

You can listen to the entire conversation with Shanahan below.