Just between y’all and us, we think he’s done enough.
Jarryd Hayne‘s pre-season journey in the NFL is officially at an end, with a nervous 48-hour wait ahead of him before he finds out if he is to be an official San Francisco 49er for season 2016.
The Niners final pre-season game went down today at their home ground Levi’s Stadium against state rivals the San Diego Chargers.
The game was a final trial for the Niners to test their positional depth, which meant that once again Hayne saw considerable game time.
His first half was reasonably quiet – again plagued by the technical shortcomings that come with minimal experience, Hayne found himself getting stood up by the Chargers D at the line of scrimmage on carry plays. And, in fact, today was the first time Hayne had a punt return that was less than 10 yards.
In the second half, he found his footing, as did the Niners offensive line. Hayne rushed for a team and game-high 58 yards on 10 carries, with a longest run of 19 yards, managing to move the chains on more than one occasion.
His punt returning game caught fire too, with a bullocking 28 run.
But the highlight of the night came in the form of this 12 yard reception off a quick flick pass from rookie quarterback Dylan Thompson, in which Hayne lowered his shoulders and ABSOLUTELY FLATTENED a San Diego defender, much to the delight of his Niners teammates.
— NFL (@NFL) September 4, 2015
He might as well change his name to Pancake, because he flattens fools.
Hayne’s efforts helped the Niners hold on to outlast the Chargers in a tight 14-12 victory.
Sunday (Australian time) is now a very, very big day.
Photo: Ezra Shaw via Getty Images.