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San Francisco 49ers rookie Jarryd Hayne a 'miracle' waiting to be poached

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Jarryd Hayne's solid display against the Detroit Lions has renewed support for the former Parramatta Eels superstar.

Ron Barr, a veteran sports commentator and chairman of Sports Byline USA, has declared Hayne's progress as a "miracle" who is destined for a bright future in the NFL.

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After almost two months in the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad, Jarryd Hayne was a shining light as the surprise starting running back.

"I know the Seahawks like him an awful lot," Barr told New Zealand station Radio Sport.

"The 49ers have no reason not to keep him (but) the smart thing on their part is find out what the hell he can do. He's come a long way from where he was at the beginning of the season. He's showed some great promise and has the attitude to work hard in the off season."

The former league star had been consigned to the 49ers practice squad since November 3, only to be promoted back to their game day squad on Monday after the side's running back unit was decimated by injuries.

"They had two choices (against Detroit)- pick Jarryd who deserved to be there, or have the bus driver ready to suit up and play running back ... they are a team with a lot of injuries in that particular position," reflected Barr.


"It was a steep learning curve and I think what he did in this season alone is somewhat of a miracle ... that tells you what kind of smart, great athlete he is to even make it on to the roster of the 49ers or any other NFL team" he added.

The 49ers regular-season finale on Monday (8:25 AEDT) against the St Louis Rams will provide a glimpse into the future for Hayne.

The 27-year-old has a contract clause that requires him to play at least nine NFL games for the 49ers to retain the rights to his contract for the 2016-17 season.

"If he stays with the organisation and even if he doesn't - he could go over and be with another team - he will have a spot in the National Football League," said Barr.

"At this point, from what I've seen of his capabilities and what I've heard from coaches and team mates, they think he has capabilities to play in this league. So it will be fun to watch him grow in the NFL."

The 49ers are currently last in their western conference after their 32-17 loss to the Lions.