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RB Shaun Draughn - San Francisco 49ers

6-0, 205Born: 12-7-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: ---

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General News (Thu Dec 8): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: vs New York Jets

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Last week was a epic fail for Colin Kaepernick and the passing offense. We'll see if he can pick up the pieces this weekend - during the debacle at Chicago, Carlos Hyde made the best of a bad situation with 20/92/0 rushing (with two targets for 1/6/0 receiving). Shaun Draughn chipped in 5/20/0 rushing with two targets for zero receptions; Kaepernick had 6/20/0 rushing before he got benched. Not much went right for the 49ers last weekend. The same statement could be made for the Jets on Monday night - they were destroyed by Indianapolis 41-10, and allowed 40/139/1 rushing during the course of the debacle. Though the Jets average 90.3 rushing yards allowed per game this year (fourth in the NFL) with seven rushing scores given out, they fell short on Monday Night Football. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), the Jets average 14.7 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (ninth-least in the NFL). This is a solid defensive front trapped on a moribund team. This looks like a tough matchup for the 49ers.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs NE 9 0 0 0 3 3 43 1 0 10.3
12 at MIA 24 0 0 0 6 6 49 0 0 4.9
13 at CHI 25 5 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
14 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 2 * * * *
14 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 2 * * * *
14 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs CHI (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Draughn's thought of as a receiving running back, but only two of his seven opportunities came via the passing game. On his first target, he was lined up on the outside left of the formation and beat linebacker John Timu's man-to-man coverage. Despite the weather conditions, Kaepernick delivered an accurate pass, but Draughn dropped it. Draughn's next target wasn't until garbage time and it was batted down at the line of scrimmage. With respect to his performance in the running game, it's worth noting that Draughn had 44 rushing yards nullified by holding penalties. It seems likely that these holding penalties and Draughn's drop were (presumably) the result of the 49ers' powers-that-be choosing to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.

2016 Week 12 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)

Almost all of Draughn's snaps came in passing situations, and almost all of his receiving yards came via finding the hole in Miami's soft, second-half zone. To wit, his pair of 16-yard receptions came this way. On the first, he sat down in the underneath middle zone after faking a handoff and broke Jelani Jenkins' tackle to gain the last eight yards. On the second, Draughn ran a Texas route and once again broke Jenkins' tackle to gain the last eight yards.

2016 Week 11 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)

Draughn wasn't involved in the offense often, but he made the most of his opportunities. He did all his damage on wheel routes out of the backfield, with his first reception gaining 26 yards and his third going for a 13-yard touchdown in garbage time.

2016 Week 7 vs TB (1 / 16 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec)

Outside of his first-quarter touchdown reception, which involved a skillful bit of sideline footwork in end zone traffic, Draughn's snap count was the byproduct of specific situations: a) fourth-quarter garbage time, b) an end-of-half two-minute drill, and c) giving Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris the occasional breather. This figures to be his usage pattern as long as Carlos Hyde is out.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Once the 49ers grabbed a 14-0 lead, Draughn was destined to be a non-factor, as that's a game script designated as "Carlos Hyde time." It also didn't help Draughn's snap count that San Francisco rarely found themselves in unduly long down-and-distance situations. To wit, his final two touches of the game came on consecutive plays midway through the second quarter: a draw on 2nd-and-17 followed by a dumpoff on 3rd-and-13.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Like Carlos Hyde, Draughn was a victim of San Francisco's overwhelmed offensive line in the running game. In the passing game, he once again wasn't used as "the receiving back," as many had assumed before the season. In Draughn's 17 snaps, the only play anyone might remember tomorrow is Gabbert prematurely dumping the ball off to him, the throw bouncing off his helmet, and him getting blown up by linebacker Bobby Wagner.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (9 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Continuing the trend from Week 1, Draughn did not replace Carlos Hyde in passing situations (See "one target, zero receptions"). Practically the entire second half qualified as a passing situation, and yet Hyde was on the field more often. Used primarily as a runner, Draughn, like Hyde, faced an uphill battle with respect to finding open running lanes. His first two carries went for minus-five and minus-three yards, respectively. If not for a rare chasm opening in the middle of Carolina's run defense during an 18-yard carry during the second quarter, Draughn would have finished with minus-three yards on eight carries.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (7 / 18 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

A more important insight than Draughn's scoring was his usage pattern. He played on all downs, so he wasn't a third-down specialist. But he only played 21 of 81 snaps, so it's not like he's in any meaningfgul time-share with Carlos Hyde. The truth, as far as we can tell through one game, is that Draughn's role is to give Hyde a breather in their no-huddle offense. And these breathers don't have any rhyme or reason insofar as he doesn't come in for a whole drive or even for an entire series of downs. No, it's more like, "Does Hyde need a breather for a play or two? OK, send Draughn out there." With this being the case, Draughn didn't help his cause when he lost a fumble in the midst of a late-half drive that had reached Rams territory.


Latest News

49ers | Shaun Draughn registers full practice (Fri Dec 9, 03:35 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) got in a full practice Friday, Dec. 9, after he was a limited participant over the previous two days.

49ers | Shaun Draughn limited Thursday (Thu Dec 8, 06:30 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 8.

Our View: Carlos Hyde is a good RB2 play this week, and Draughn—healthy or not—isn't worth rostering.
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49ers | Shaun Draughn limited (Wed Dec 7, 06:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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49ers | Shaun Draughn snares six passes (Sun Nov 27, 06:00 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn caught six passes for 49 yards in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.

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