Raheem Mostert could not have been thought to be a key weapon for the San Francisco 49ers coming into the 2019 NFL season, however the former Purdue operating again established himself as one by the tip of it.
Mostert lately sat down for an at-home interview with NFL Movies and opened up about his monstrous 220-yard, four-touchdown efficiency towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the NFC Championship. Watch under:
“Lots of people didn’t actually know who I used to be on the time,” Mostert mentioned. “Simply coming in, sprinking a pair touchdowns and a pair yards right here and there, however I wished to point out everybody who I used to be as soon as I obtained the chance, and I used to be in a position to do this.”
Coming into the 2019 season, Mostert had by no means cracked 100 dashing yards in a single NFL recreation, nor had he scored a number of touchdowns in a single recreation.
However with a rising position and damage forcing now-Miami Dolphin RB Matt Breida to the sidelines, Mostert stepped up with 146 yards in Week 13’s slender 20-17 loss towards the Baltimore Ravens.
For the remainder of the 2019 season, Mostert by no means dipped under something lower than 50 dashing yards, and finally bested his Week 13 efficiency with three first-half dashing TDs towards the Packers to make sure a visit to the Tremendous Bowl for San Francisco.
“That recreation proper there actually solidified who I’m as a runner and who I’m as a participant,” Mostert mentioned. “That day I used to be in my zone and I couldn’t be stopped.”
The video additionally contains a clip of Mostert speaking about his journey to San Francisco throughout the NFC Championship’s post-game press convention.
“It’s loopy that I’ve been on seven completely different groups,” Mostert mentioned. “I did have quite a lot of doubters and naysayers. Now I get to truly inform them, ‘Hey look the place I’m at now.’ I by no means gave up on my dream.”
After going undrafted throughout the 2015 NFL Draft, Mostert was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles however solely made the follow squad regardless of racking up 351 complete yards within the 2015 preseason.
Because the 2015 common season progressed, Mostert was minimize by the Eagles and signed by the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns at varied factors within the yr as a result of his skill as a kick returner.
After rolling with the Browns by the 2016 offseason, Mostert was waived after which signed by the Chicago Bears in October. After being minimize by his sixth NFL crew, the RB lastly landed with the 49ers who’ve saved him on the roster since November 2016.
Whereas Mostert’s position has not been that of a function again, his clutch execution towards Inexperienced Bay and different opponents all through 2019 has established his significance to the 49ers in addition to his worth as an NFL RB.
Now, with the departure of Breida opening up extra duty in San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, Mostert ought to solely see extra touches when he and the Niners finally return to the gridiron for subsequent season.
If Mostert’s progress within the 2019 season is any indicator, the Niners could find yourself reaping severe advantages as soon as they provide their sixth-year RB extra reps.