Jeffery Wilson

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

Jeffery Wilson News

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 ESPN.com 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


In line for another start

Wilson is slated to be the 49ers' lead running back Thursday at Tennessee after Elijah Mitchell (knee) was ruled out for the contest.

Analysis: Mitchell cleared the concussion protocol earlier this week, but his knee issue was bothersome enough to keep him off the practice field Tuesday and Wednesday and on the sideline for a third straight game. Wilson has taken on a majority share of the running back reps in the meantime, racking up 36 touches for 175 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD. JaMycal Hasty is the only other RB on the active roster, but wide receiver Deebo Samuel and even fullback Kyle Juszczyk are likelier options to earn touches out of the backfield behind Wilson.

Dec 22, 2021 6:56 PM EST


Shines in big victory

Wilson received 21 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for nine more yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Wilson filled in for Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) for the second straight week, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the first time this season in the process. The veteran back could have had an even bigger fantasy day, but two of 49ers' three rushing touchdowns went to two other players (Deebo Samuel and Kyle Juszczyk) who combined for just seven carries on the day. Head coach Kyle Shanahan hinted that Wilson may need to start for next Thursday's contest against the Titans, as Mitchell may not have enough time to recover with such a short week of rest. If that scenario plays out, Wilson could become a strong fantasy asset after finally looking healthy since returning from the PUP list midseason. The 26-year-old even stated after the game that "I felt like myself. I felt like the old Jeff," according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, so keep an eye on Mitchell's status leading up to Thursday's contest.

Dec 19, 2021 6:16 PM EST


Two more weeks as lead back?

Wilson is set to lead the 49ers backfield again with Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Wilson was disappointing from a fantasy standpoint last week in his second start of the year, finishing without a target and unable to score his first touchdown of the season in a win over the Bengals. He did, however, lead the team with 13 carries, and his 59 percent snap share wasn't too far south of what Mitchell has seen this year (66.1 percent in nine games). The 49ers still have JaMycal Hasty and Kyle Juszczyk for passing downs and WR Deebo Samuel as a big-play/red-zone threat on the ground, but Wilson is again a strong favorite to lead the team in carries. Furthermore, coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged Friday that he isn't especially optimistic about Mitchell's chances of returning for a Thursday game against the Titans in Week 16, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Dec 17, 2021 4:14 PM EST


Leading rusher against Bengals

Wilson carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Bengals.

Analysis: He led the Niners in carries and rushing yards as JaMycal Hasty and Kyle Juszczyk were confined to pass-catching duties, but it was Deebo Samuel who had the team's only rushing TD on the day. Wilson's modest fantasy value is tied to the health of Elijah Mitchell (concussion) heading into a Week 15 clash with the Falcons.

Dec 12, 2021 7:34 PM EST


To split work with Hasty in Week 14

Wilson and JaMycal Hasty will be the 49ers' primary running backs Sunday at Cincinnati with both Elijah Mitchell (concussion/knee) and Trenton Cannon (concussion) ruled out for the contest, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The opportunity is there for Wilson to make an impact out of San Francisco's backfield, but he's coming off a game in which he lasted just one play on offense and 11 on special teams last Sunday at Seattle when he dinged up his surgically repaired knee. Since making his season debut Week 10, he's averaged 2.7 yards on his 31 carries and recorded two catches (on three targets) for 10 yards in four games. Considering Hasty has been more of a pass-catching threat this season -- he has 13 rushes and caught 13 of 18 targets -- Wilson may earn more of the early down and short-yardage work of the two players.

Dec 10, 2021 3:28 PM EST


Logs full practice Thursday

Wilson (knee) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: Wilson hurt his knee this past Sunday at Seattle, but after logging a limited session Wednesday he managed every practice rep one day later. He's put himself in a position to be utilized out of the 49ers backfield this Sunday at Cincinnati in the event Elijah Mitchell needs time off due to a concussion and a knee issue. If Mitchell doesn't make it through the protocol for head injuries, San Francisco will turn to Wilson and JaMycal Hasty as its main running backs Week 14. On the season, Wilson has averaged just 2.7 yards on his 31 carries and hauled in two of three targets for 10 yards in four appearances.

Dec 9, 2021 4:57 PM EST


Practicing on limited basis

Wilson (knee) will be a limited practice participant Wednesday, while teammate Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) will be absent, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Wilson has a shot at the lead role this Sunday against Cincinnati, after both he and Mitchell got injured in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. While neither back's knee injury is considered serious, Mitchell has just six days to clear concussion protocol after entering it Monday. JaMycal Hasty and Kyle Jusczyk are the healthy backfield options on the active roster, with both primarily restricted to passing downs (plus the FB/H-back role for Jusczyk) to this point in the season, despite the 49ers' numerous and never-ending RB injuries.

Dec 8, 2021 11:53 AM EST


Hurts knee in Week 13

Wilson sustained a knee injury during Sunday's loss in Seattle, but he should be able to practice this week, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: After the game, coach Kyle Shanahan noted Wilson came out of it hobbled but didn't note a body part. On Monday, Shanahan said Wilson's knee "flared up." As a result, Wednesday's injury report will give an indication of his level of health. With Elijah Mitchell and Trenton Cannon in the concussion protocol, the 49ers have just one healthy running back (JaMycal Hasty) on the active roster.

Dec 6, 2021 4:15 PM EST


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