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49ers’ Kyle Shanahan hopes Jeff Wilson keeps embracing physical style

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hopes that rookie running back Jeff Wilson keeps embracing the physical style that landed him a spot in the NFL.

From Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“That’s what got him an opportunity in this league.” Shanahan said. “That’s what he does best. That’s why he’s going to make it. I hope he doesn’t lose that — for his and our sakes. He runs hard and that’s what he does well. Hopefully, we can keep him healthy and he keeps getting better and better.”

Wilson will be the top running back option for the 49ers after Matt Breida was ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Denver Broncos due to an ankle injury.

Wilson, who went undrafted out of North Texas, had 15 carries for 61 yards while grabbing eight receptions for 73 yards in the team’s 43-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. And with Wilson’s hard-nosed running style on display in that game, Shanahan wants to see it continue.

It’s been a tough season injury-wise for the 49ers, and it has resulted in a 2-10 record in Shanahan’s second season on the job.

Things don’t get any easier for San Francisco the rest of the way. After the matchup against the Broncos, there is a rematch with the Seahawks, plus games against the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams on the schedule.

Getting everyone healthy will certainly be a top priority for Shanahan and company heading into what they hope will be a much better 2019 campaign.