Gardner sees no action at RB in Niners debut


Photo by San Francisco 49ers – Former HSU running back Ja’Quan Gardner signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers this week, but did not see any action in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday night.

It was an uneventful debut with the San Francisco 49ers for former Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner on Thursday night.

Gardner, who signed with the team after undergoing a medical on Tuesday, did not see a single snap on offense, although he did see limited play on special teams.

In their final preseason game, the 49ers lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, 23-21.

The Niners used six different running backs during the game.

Gardner signed a three-year deal with the team, which will cut the roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

With so many running backs on hand for San Francisco, it remains uncertain if Gardner will make the final roster, although he could be retained on the team’s practice squad.

Gardner is the second former HSU player attempting to make an NFL team this year.

Offensive lineman Alex Cappa, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of this year’s NFL draft, is a lock to make the final Tampa Bay roster.

Cappa is projected to back up third-year starter Caleb Benenoch at right guard when the season opens.

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