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.
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.