Jarryd Hayne's growth a season highlight for 49ers: coach

SAN Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has pointed to Jarryd Hayne's growth as an NFL player as one of the highlights of the team's largely dismal season.

Throughout the year Tomsula has offered mixed reviews on the rugby league convert, including axing Hayne on October 31 before signing him to their practice squad two days later.

In recent days Tomsula and offensive co-ordinator Geep Chryst were openly critical of mistakes Hayne made as the starting running back in Sunday's loss against the Detroit Lions.

But the coach, when asked on Friday to identify any 49ers he didn't think received the recognition they deserved, chose Hayne as one of his examples.

"We were all excited about Jarryd the other day," Tomsula said.

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