San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert opted to stay put after finalizing a restructured contract with the team heading into training camp. He can now turn his attention toward building on his efforts as the clear-cut starter leading up to the 2020 NFL season.

According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury, the restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have not prevented Mostert from taking the necessary steps this offseason to ensure that he is capable of taking over primary back duties:

“It was having more muscle mass and having more endurance so I’ll be able to get 20-something carries a game. Not to say it’s not happening but I have to prepare for it.

Mostert added that his confidence is as high as any of the elite running backs in the NFL.

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“I am the starting RB and my confidence level is up to the guys considered top backs”

It is encouraging to see that Mostert has embraced taking on an increased role in the 2020 campaign. Although the 49ers have relied on a backfield-by-committee for their offense, his comments indicate that he is looking to take over as a potential workhorse.

Mostert certainly has good reason to be confident after finishing the 2019 season as San Francisco’s most productive running back with 772 rushing yards and 10 combined touchdowns. He solidified his case as the top dog in the backfield during the playoffs by rushing for 336 yards with five touchdowns- which included a franchise-record 220 yards in the NFC Championship Game.

Mostert is clearly looking to keep that momentum going heading into another season of high expectations for the 49ers.