The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed running back Shaun Draughn. He signed with the team in Nov. when Carlos Hyde wasn’t able to come back from his injury.
His new deal is signed less than a week after new 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said he would like for the team to re-sign him. Now, he’ll be the back-up to Hyde and will be called upon to fill-in for Hyde should be get hurt again, like he did last year.
“Shaun did a heck of a job for us last year despite joining the team in the middle of the season,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “He certainly earned the respect of everyone in our organization for the way he handled himself, both on and off the field, and we are excited to have him back.”
Draughn played in 11 games, split between the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers, and was the 49ers featured back when the aforementioned Hyde was out. He missed the season finale against the St. Louis Rams – now the Los Angeles Rams – with a knee injury after being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
When he was their every down back, he averaged 3.5 yards per carry in six starts. He had 78 carries for 263 yards with a touchdown.
He also had 27 receptions for 176 yards. He also added 106 kickoff return yards.
The 263 yards were a career-high. He previously had 233 yards with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 over the course of the entire season as a back-up to Jamaal Charles.
Draughn finished second on the 49ers in finishing with his 263, as Hyde was the leader. He had 115 carries for 470 yards and three touchdowns, before his season came to a close.
Draughn’s longest run of the season was for 30-yards. That was beaten by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who had a 44-yard run, and DuJuan Harris led the team with 47-yards.
The newly re-signed Draughn averaged 43.8 rushing yards per game.
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