There were plenty of people who thought San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Trey Sermon would have a major role in the team’s offense right from the get-go.
Instead, Sermon, a third-round pick, is a healthy scratch for this afternoon’s season opener against the Detroit Lions. Raheem Mostert will be the starter, with JaMycal Hasty and sixth-round rookie Elijah Mitchell serving as depth.
The latest reporting from 49ers beat reporter Cam Inman indicates that it was simply a matter of Sermon not proving himself as much as the other players at his position.
*Sermon was a third-round pick out of Ohio State via Oklahoma
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 12, 2021
Sermon’s omission from the active roster today comes as a surprise, but if we know one thing, it’s that Kyle Shanahan loves mixing and matching his running backs throughout the season.
There should still be a role for Sermon soon, and potentially a big one. It just seems like he has some things he has to take care of before that can happen.
The Niners and Lions are about to kick off shortly at 1 p.m. ET.