NFL News: San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula 'very happy' with Jarryd Hayne's NFL debut

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San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he was very happy with Jarryd Hayne’s NFL debut. Reuters/Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Despite fumbling his first catch in his NFL debut, Jarryd Hayne still got the support of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula. Hayne was frustrated about his modest showing in the 49ers’ 20-3 win against the Minnesota Vikings, marking his first NFL regular season action. However, Tomsula was “happy” with how the “Hayne Plane” took off at Levi’s Stadium.

Hayne was given the chance to continue his stardom in playing American football when the 49ers confirmed before the game that he is not in the inactive list. However, things did not turn out as expected when the former Eel fumbled his first NFL catch late in the first quarter. Hayne recovered in the second quarter, making one yard from his first carry at running back followed by a nice reception for a seven-yard gain.

Despite Hayne’s debut mishap, Tomsula was happy with the Australian sensation, who finished with 13 yards from four carries and seven yards from one reception. "We wanted to make sure that we had Jarryd ready on offence," Tomsula told ABC. "We went into the game with three punt returners and ended up, in this game, utilising all three. I'm very happy with Jarryd."

Tomsula believes Hayne has the mindset to overcome a subpar performance, saying that some things are not going to go right in a football game. The 49ers’ first-year coach also praised Hayne and other rookies in their locker room after their victory against the Vikings.

“You overcame it,” Tomsula said, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. "Relax, regenerate, get yourselves right - we got Pittsburgh."

The 49ers next game is against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pennsylvania on Monday. Hayne is expected to remain in the active list until fellow running back Reggie Bush returns from a calf injury. Hayne averaged 18.1 yards per punt return on nine attempts in four preseason games, and led the 49ers with 175 rushing yards as running back.

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