Jarryd Hayne has said he will learn from his debut NFL appearance after making a shaky but ultimately solid start to life in American football.
Hayne’s fantasy of a code-hop to your career in gridiron from NRL football became a truth in Santa Clara as the Niners beat the Minnesota Vikings 20-3 on Tuesday afternoon, but his first touch of the pigskin was far from ideal.
He fumbled the ball on a first quarter punt return for the 49ers, giving the ball on the opening play of his NFL career to the Minnesota Vikings.
“I can’t go back in time,” Hayne said.
“I just needed to move ahead.
“I definitely learned from this game. My first professional game. Started a bit shaky, but it was good to get a couple of runs.”
To running back Carlos Hyde, after an injury to veteran Bush Hayne assumed a support function.
The NFL debutant said after the match he was angry with himself but was pleased with how he corrected as the match went on.
His second opportunity to return a punt arrived in the second quarter, but the swirling wind at the 49ers’ arena in Santa Clara pushed the punt out of bounds.
In the absence of Bush, San Francisco continued to stick with Hyde for the running game.
Nonetheless, Hayne eventually entered the game on offence and made a one-yard run.
Two plays after he made seven yards on the play, stepped past one defender and caught a pass out from the backfield from quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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