RB Raheem Mostert - San Francisco 49ers
|5-10, 195||Born: 4-9-1992||College: Purdue||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs TB (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostert entered midway through the second quarter in place of an injured Tevin Coleman and immediately scored a touchdown...that was nullified by penalty. The running lane outside was so wide open that Mostert probably would have scored anyway, but Richie James couldn't help himself from grabbing a fistful of jersey. Late in the fourth quarter, Mostert provided a run that went a long way towards putting the game away. Running out of the I, Mostert took the handoff and ran off left tackle. About 10 yards downfield, he lowered his shoulder and ran over safety Darian Stewart before finally being tackled 8 yards later. To add insult to potential injury, Stewart was flagged for initiating with his helmet, so the play actually netted San Francisco 33 yards and a first down at the Tampa Bay 31-yard line.
2019 Week 2 vs CIN (13 / 83 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 68 / 1 rec)
Mostert actually out-snapped starter Matt Breida against Cincinnati. On his receiving touchdown, which came on a deceptive, one-lineman screen pass, Mostert scored because he had three blockers against three defenders in front of him, and linebacker Preston Brown, who actually went mostly unblocked, gave a lackluster effort in his tackle attempt. Similarly, Mostert's 20-yard run in the third quarter resulted from a wide-open running lane off right tackle, as well as a feeble tackle attempt by cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. He even ran untouched for a 29-yard score that was nullified by penalty.
2019 Week 3 vs PIT (12 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostert mostly played on third downs and when San Francisco went to 11 personnel (i.e., one running back, three wide receivers, one tight end). Other than a well-blocked 19-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, his performance was lackluster at best, losing a fumble inside the red zone and nearly losing another -- on a dropped pitch, no less -- on the 49ers' first drive.
2019 Week 11 vs ARI (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately, Mostert's passing-down role in place of Matt Breida, although placing him on the field more because of the 49ers being down most of the game, didn't result in touching the ball more because Jimmy Garoppolo was throwing downfield with reckless abandon.
2019 Week 12 vs GB (6 / 45 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Mostert once again played the role of Matt Breida in San Francisco's offense. Over two-thirds of his yardage -- and his touchdown -- came on two plays during the same fourth quarter drive that put the 49ers up 37-8. The first gained 22 yards on 3rd-and-4 at midfield, with Mostert beating linebacker Blake Martinez one-on-one out of the backfield and catching a short pass across the middle with wide open room to run. On his touchdown to close the drive, although it was also impeccably blocked, Mostert broke three separte arm tackles over the course of its 15 yards.
2019 Week 13 vs BAL (19 / 146 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Mostert had four carries that went for 15 or more yards, accounting for 93 of his 146 total rushing yards. Rather than detailing anything specific about these four runs, it's more important to simply note that they involved the kinds of skills you also see from Matt Breida (i.e., seeing the cutback lanes on zone running plays; breaking tackles to maximize yardage after contact), but that you rarely see from Tevin Coleman.
2019 Week 14 vs NO (10 / 69 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 40 / 1 rec)
Whether because the 49ers were in their 4-minute offense for most of the game or because Matt Breida still isn't full healthy, or because he's simply earned it, or all three, Mostert surprisingly played more snaps than Breida and Tevin Coleman combined. And has been the case in recent weeks, he delivered a slew of timely big plays. To wit, 6 of his 10 carries went for 5 yards or more, and one of his two catches went gained 35 yards. There were two pairs of back-to-back plays wherein Mostert's exploits led directly to touchdowns. Midway through the second quarter, with New Orleans having just gone ahead 27-14, Mostert took an outside zone handoff mostly untouched for 19 yards. On the ensuing first down, Kyle Shanahan dialed up the same exact play, except this time with a fake handoff to Mostert and a pitch to Emmanuel Sanders instead. Sanders then threw it Mostert on his wheel route for a 35-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Mostert converted a 3rd-and-1 thanks to an option pitch from Kyle Juszczyk (of all people), and then ran in a touchdown from 10 yards out on the next play.
2019 Week 15 vs ATL (14 / 54 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Once again, Mostert played a higher snap share than Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, and as also outperformed them in fantasy. Against Atlanta, however, the forward progress was more plodding and the plays were less explosive than in recent weeks. To wit, he didn't have a single touch gain double-digit yardage and actually had one carry go for minus-6 yards. Also unlike recent weeks, Mostert was virtually non-existent down the stretch, producing only 29 total yards in the second half.
2019 Week 16 vs LAR (11 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostert didn't start, but he played most of the running back snaps. In fact, he appears to have completely overtaken Matt Breida on the depth chart, as Breida, though active against the Rams, only played on special teams. Having said all that, Mostert's only carry of note all game was his 16-yard touchdown run just before halftime. As is often the case with the 49ers run game, Mostert went untouched thanks to a perfectly executed run-blocking play design.
2019 Week 17 vs SEA (10 / 57 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
With Matt Breida either nursing an injury that never goes away or being in Kyle Shanahan's doghouse, Tevin Coleman is Mostert's only real competition for snaps at the moment. And his four gains of 10 yards or more were perfect microcosms of why he's been on the field three times more often than Coleman over the past month. All four required the vision and elusiveness that Coleman hasn't demonstrated all year. No doubt all four were blocked immaculately and produced an initial lane. However, whereas Coleman would have went down at the second level of the defense because he didn't see a cutback or can't break a tackle, Mostert made several cutbacks and made several tacklers miss before reaching his final destination.
2019 Week 19 vs MIN (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostert came in on the second drive after a calf cramp was holding him back and ran with great intensity, usually getting multiple yards after first contact. He ripped off a couple of first downs as soon as he got the ball and usually posted good gains on his runs. He also recovered a fumbled punt on special teams, but left in the fourth quarter with a calf cramp and needed an IV. He should be closer to full strength for the NFC Championship game.
2019 Week 20 vs GB (29 / 220 / 4 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Mostert's record-setting day resulted from the synchronicity of play design, run-blocking execution, and rushing skill all coming together at the same time. On Mostert's four touchdown runs, all but a handful of the cumulative 85 yards came completely untouched. However, he did have to make an explosive cut or two to make that happen. Gaining the other 135 yards required much more in the way of contact balance and elusiveness at the second level, but the blocking did just about the absolute maximum to get Mostert into said second-level. One particular run, a 34-yard gain midway through the second quarter, was a perfect example of this. The 49ers set up in an I formation out of 21 personnel, with George Kittle motioning to right side presnap. Perfectly executed blocking provided a gaping cut-back lane on outside zone, which Mostert happily took. From there, he jump cut inside to avoid one defender, then turned upfield and slalomed his way between a gauntlet of defenders who had angles on him, but whom dove and missed. It took the last possible defender hopping on for a piggy-back ride for 5 yards to prevent Mostert from ending up with 255 yards and 5 touchdowns.
2018 Week 6 vs GB (12 / 87 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a surprise turn of events, it was Mostert, not Alfred Morris who shared backfield duties with Matt Breida. Seven of Mostert's 12 carries gained 5 yards or more, including the 49ers' third- and seventh-longest gains of the game (26 yards and 17 yards, respectively). Both were more a byproduct of blocking than anything Mostert did.
2018 Week 7 vs LAR (7 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
For the second consecutive game, Mostert made the most of his opportunity replacing the perpetually "questionable to return" Matt Breida. And outside of the perpetually productive George Kittle, Mostert was the only other bright spot on San Francisco's offense in this game. He had 4 of their Top 10 gains, 3 on the ground and 1 through the air. His first touch was a carry that went for 15 yards that required breaking a tackle at the point of attack off left tackle. After a 23-yard catch-and-run on some kind of weird shovel pass play Kyle Shanahan hasn't called much if at all, Mostert then took a misdirection pitch left -- a play Shanahan calls plenty -- for 11 yards untouched. And the fact that those three plays midway through the first quarter comprised 59 of Mostert's 78 yards from scrimmage tells you all you need to know about the ineffectiveness of San Francisco's offense from that point forward.
2018 Week 8 vs ARI (2 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostert was poised to start in place of Matt Breida until Breida once again made a near-miraculous return from injury. This resulted in Mostert playing only 18 percent of snaps and not seeing his first touch until the second half. Mostert's only touch of note gained 14 yards on an outside stretch run in which he created 5 yards after downfield contact.
2018 Week 9 vs OAK (7 / 86 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostert had two carries in the first quarter (for 15 yards), but then didn't have another until his 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. On said touchdown, Mostert was lined up as a single back in San Francisco's 11 personnel. For whatever reason, Oakland's did something defenses rarely do: They played base 4-3 rather than shifting to nickel versus said personnel. That error reared its ugly head, as Mostert was able to take a toss-back right off of jet-sweep action left entirely untouched into the end zone.