Jeffery Wilson

San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #3
San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #3

Jeffery Wilson News

Leading rusher in Week 2 win

Wilson carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards and caught both his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 27-7 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: He ceded some touches to rookie Tyrion Davis-Price in the second half of the comfortable win, but as expected Wilson was the 49ers' backfield leader in the wake of Elijah Mitchell's knee injury. The team's overall offensive scheme could see some big changes with Jimmy Garoppolo taking over for Trey Lance (ankle) under center, but Wilson figures to retain a significant role in Week 3 against a Broncos defense that just gave up 69 rushing yards and a 4.6 YPC to Texans rookie Dameon Pierce.

Sep 18, 2022 5:43 PM EST

Set for expanded role

With Elijah Mitchell in line to miss about eight weeks with an MCL sprain, Wilson is slated to fill in as the 49ers' lead back, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Wilson steps into an expanded role during Mitchell's looming absence, Barrows notes that Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price will compete in practice for the team's No. 2 RB role. Though it remains to be seen how heavy a workload Wilson sees in the coming weeks, with QB Trey Lance and the versatile Deebo Samuel also factors in the 49ers' ground game, he's nonetheless worth a speculative add by those fantasy managers looking to add running back lineup options ahead of Week 2 action.

Sep 12, 2022 4:00 PM EST

Takes over for injured starter

Wilson took over for the injured Elijah Mitchell (knee) in the second half of Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Wilson finished the contest with nine carries for 22 yards and caught both targets for eight yards. The severity of Mitchell's injury will be revealed after tomorrow's MRI, but the breakout star from 2021 was seen in a brace after the game, which is an ominous sign. It is peculiar that head coach Kyle Shanahan did not give any carries to fellow backup and preseason standout, Jordan Mason (zero touches). Also a curious move by the 49ers' front office to leave third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price as a healthy scratch in a game with monsoon-like conditions. Whatever the reasons may be, Wilson is the obvious first add if Mitchell is forced to miss extended time. Davis-Price theoretically should have the most fantasy upside -- should Shanahan decide to remove him from his unexplained doghouse -- but with how the organization just treated their third-round pick from this year's draft, it's hard to say what Shanahan will do against the Seahawks next Sunday.

Sep 11, 2022 8:23 PM EST

Starts preseason finale

Wilson started Thursday's 17-0 preseason loss to the Texans and rushed three times for 16 yards while catching his only target for two yards.

Analysis: Wilson's deployment was more important than his stat line, as he was the first running back into the game for the 49ers, suggesting that he remains the team's top option at the position behind Elijah Mitchell (hamstring). The 49ers expect to get Mitchell back for the team's Sept. 11 season opener against Chicago, but Wilson's next in line to start should Mitchell's recovery hit a snag.

Aug 25, 2022 9:13 PM EST

On track for No. 2 job

Wilson "seems like the best bet to get the first shot" behind starter Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) this year, according to's Nick Wagoner.

Analysis: Mitchell and Wilson both missed a lot of times with injuries last year, as did Trey Sermon and third-down back JaMycal Hasty. The team brings back all four -- plus rookie third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price -- but it sounds like none has made a serious move to overtake the 27-year-old Wilson for the second spot on the depth chart. Wilson ran for 261 yards and two TDs in four fill-in starts last year, and while he doesn't figure to see many carries when Mitchell is healthy, Wilson and Davis-Price both are candidates to sub in for some of the goal-line work.

Aug 24, 2022 5:19 AM EST

No action in preseason opener

Wilson did not log a carry or target in the 49ers' 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

Analysis: The fifth-year back opened camp as the projected No. 2 back, but even with Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) sidelined Friday, Wilson didn't see the field. Head coach Kyle Shanahan opted to give extensive playing time to rookie Tyrion Davis-Price, Trey Sermon, JaMychal Hasty and Jordan Mason, but with none of the quartet actually doing much to stand out, Wilson's depth-chart slotting likely wasn't affected by the night off.

Aug 12, 2022 9:39 PM EST

To open training camp in No. 2 role

Wilson will open training camp as the No. 2 option behind Elijah Mitchell (knee) in San Francisco's backfield, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wilson will compete to hold off two recent third-round picks during training camp, Trey Sermon (2021) and Tyrion Davis-Price (2022), but Barrows reports that if the season began now, it would be the 26-year-old veteran backing up Mitchell. Barrows also notes that Wilson has looked substantially better during spring practices than he did while working his way back from injury last season, when he averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry in nine appearances. When fully healthy, Wilson has proven himself to be a capable ballcarrier in coach Kyle Shanahan's scheme, so his standing on the roster is worth keeping an eye on.

Jul 20, 2022 10:06 AM EST

Could make 53-man roster

Wilson is one of four running backs projected to make the 49ers' 53-man roster to begin the 2022 season, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Analysis: Wilson was considered a potential cut candidate after the 49ers selected a running back in the third round of consecutive drafts, but Branch believes the veteran's well-rounded skillset could outweigh the team's potential need for a third-down option (such as JaMychal Hasty). The 26-year-old will still have to prove his worth in camp, along with re-establishing his durability after missing eight games last year. If Wilson makes the squad, his best prospects would be a backup role to Elijah Mitchell, so his fantasy stock remains low at the moment.

May 21, 2022 8:54 PM EST

Staying with San Francisco

Wilson is re-signing with the 49ers, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old running back first latched on with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie in 2018, and he'll now stick with them for a fifth straight season. He's made nine starts, including four last year, despite opening the season third or fourth on the team's RB depth chart most years. Wilson figures to be behind Elijah Mitchell, at the very least, and could also face additional competition for backup work if the Niners bring in another veteran and/or a draft pick. For now, the team has Mitchell, Wilson, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty, with each of the four seemingly healthy after dealing with various injuries throughout 2021.

Mar 23, 2022 11:42 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Wilson (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: Wilson managed just one limited practice this past week due to a low-ankle sprain suffered in the 49ers' divisional-round win at Green Bay. With a mostly healthy backfield otherwise, San Francisco will keep Wilson in street clothes Sunday. Aside from lead back Elijah Mitchell, the trio of JaMycal Hasty, Trey Sermon and Trenton Cannon are on hand for RB and special teams reps that linger.

Jan 30, 2022 2:40 PM EST

Status in question for Sunday

Wilson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area

Analysis: After missing the first two practices of the week, Wilson at least was present at Friday's session, per Matt Barrows of The Athletic. Earlier this week, coach Kyle Shanahan revealed that Wilson is dealing with a low-ankle sprain suffered during the opening kickoff of the 49ers' divisional-round win at Green Bay. Ultimately, Wilson's status won't be confirmed until 90 minutes before Sunday's 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 28, 2022 2:50 PM EST

Still not practicing

Wilson (ankle) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Wilson was expected to be limited Wednesday, but with back-to-back DNPs so far this week, he appears to be trending in the wrong direction. Per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, Wilson even departed Thursday's session and went indoors after team stretches. In the end, Friday's practice report may provide a sense of whether or not Wilson has a chance to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams.

Jan 27, 2022 4:43 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

Wilson (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, coach Kyle Shanahan listed Wilson as limited on the 49ers' pre-practice report, but the running back ended up logging no activity to begin the week of prep. Wilson is tending to a low-ankle sprain that he sustained on the opening kickoff of the team's divisional-round win in Green Bay. He'll have two more chances to put himself in a position for his typical special-teams role ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams.

Jan 26, 2022 4:19 PM EST

Limited with ankle sprain

Wilson (ankle) will be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Wilson has played just three snaps on offense through the first two weeks of the playoffs, and he suffered a low-ankle sprain while covering a kickoff in the divisional-round win over Green Bay. Coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Wilson could still play against the Rams this Sunday, a notion supported by the limited practice Wednesday.

Jan 26, 2022 12:02 PM EST

May be able to play Sunday

Wilson suffered a low-ankle sprain during Saturday's divisional-round win in Green Bay but has a chance to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Wilson picked up the injury while in coverage on the opening kickoff this past Saturday. Fortunately for the fourth-year running back, he doesn't have a high-ankle sprain, per coach Kyle Shanahan. Wilson's activity level in practice this week likely will determine whether he's able to suit up Sunday.

Jan 24, 2022 3:48 PM EST

Will not return

Wilson (ankle) will not return to Saturday's game against the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Wilson injured his ankle on a special teams play. His absence could open up more snaps for the 49ers' other reserve running backs.

Jan 22, 2022 7:06 PM EST

Injures ankle

Wilson was forced out of Saturday's playoff game against the Packers with an ankle injury, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Per Maiocco, Wilson sustained the injury while playing on special teams. His absence thins the 49ers' backfield depth behind top option Elijah Mitchell.

Jan 22, 2022 5:49 PM EST

Just six snaps on offense

Wilson was on the field for six offensive snaps (nine percent) and did not record a touch in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Rams.

Analysis: Elijah Mitchell (knee) was cleared of injury designation heading into the matchup, leaving Wilson in a reserve role with JaMycal Hasty handling third-down duties. The veteran tailback finishes the 2021 regular season with 294 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 79 carries (3.7 YPC), most of which came during a three-week stretch where Wilson filled in for an injured Mitchell. The 25-year-old has worked hard to earn a solid four-year run with the 49ers after going undrafted in 2018, but this appears to be a transition year for San Francisco's backfield, so Wilson may find himself in another uniform as he enters free agency this upcoming offseason.

Jan 10, 2022 11:34 AM EST

Gets 12 snaps as backup

Wilson was on the field for 12 offensive snaps (19 percent) and did not receive a touch in Sunday's 23-7 win over Houston.

Analysis: Elijah Mitchell (knee) returned from a three-game absence, bumping Wilson back into a backup role in the process. The lack of touches comes as a bit of a surprise, although the veteran back wasn't expected to have a significant role once the 49ers' starter returned. Fellow backup, JaMycal Hasty, stuck in his third-down role and finished with seven snaps on offense. Neither backup will have fantasy value against the Rams next Sunday as long as Mitchell remains healthy.

Jan 3, 2022 10:35 AM EST

Stymied in Week 16 start

Wilson rushed 14 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and brought in all three targets for 12 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Wilson's night got off to an encouraging start when he capped off a nine-play, 75-yard opening drive with a one-yard touchdown run. He also garnered 14 total yards on three touches in the first three plays of San Francisco's second possession, but it was a mostly quiet night for Wilson thereafter against a Titans defense that had come into the contest allowing the fewest rushing yards per game of any team on its home field. Elijah Mitchell (concussion/knee) should have a chance to get back for the 49ers' Week 17 home date against the Texans a week from Sunday, a development that would almost certainly see Wilson revert to a modest complementary role.

Dec 23, 2021 9:31 PM EST

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