49ers Waive RB Tyrion Davis-Price

To clear a roster spot for Logan Ryan, the 49ers waived one of their backup running backs. Tyrion Davis-Price is now available on the wire, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Chosen in the 2022 third round, Davis-Price has never been able to catch on in San Francisco. This continues a trend of sorts for the 49ers, who cut bait on 2021 third-round running back draftee Trey Sermon after one season. Like Sermon, Davis-Price has seen lower draft choices and/or UDFAs play in front of him.

Christian McCaffrey‘s October 2022 arrival changed the 49ers’ fortunes at running back. The team had kept costs low at the position between the Jerick McKinnon signing and the McCaffrey trade, and CMC has proven durable despite the run of injuries that marred his later years with Carolina. With McCaffrey atop the depth chart, Elijah Mitchell has played behind him. But Jordan Mason, a 2022 UDFA, has worked ahead of Davis-Price as well.

Mason logged 43 carries last season and has taken 23 handoff this year. Davis-Price has taken 40 handoffs over his two NFL seasons but has barely factored into San Francisco’s 2023 equation. The LSU product has only played in one game this year. Davis-Price averaged just 2.9 yards per carry last season. He came to the 49ers after a 1,003-yard season at LSU.

It was rumored the 49ers chose Davis-Price as an olive branch of sorts to Deebo Samuel, who had requested a trade before the 2022 draft. Running back usage came up as a sticking point during that standoff, and depth contributed to that during the 2021 season. But Samuel signed an extension last summer, minimizing this narrative; Davis-Price never factored into the team’s plans much once the season started.

It is possible the 49ers circle back to Davis-Price via a practice squad stash, though veteran Jeremy McNichols resides on the team’s P-squad. The 49ers saw the Eagles claim Sermon last year but did not bring him back when the 2021 third-rounder became available this year.

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