Sermon ready to be ‘explosive’ after workouts with Vikings’ Cook originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SANTA CLARA — After a disappointing rookie season, Trey Sermon is ready to hit the field with a new focus.
There were high hopes for the third round pick in his rookie season, but Sermon only appeared in nine games in 2021 – two as a starter. In the Ohio State product’s 107 offensive snaps, Sermon registered 41 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown.
In fact, Sermon was fifth on the team in rushing during the 2021 regular season, behind Elijah Mitchell (963 yards), Deebo Samuel (365), Jeff Wilson Jr. (294) and Trey Lance (168). Now, with more muscle on his frame, the second year is back looking for a breakthrough season.
“Be explosive,” Sermon said Wednesday. “I feel like that’s something I kind of lost last year, just explosive from that first cut. That’s been a really big emphasis for me this off-season and even now in training camp. I’m still working on it and I am very aware of it.”
During the off-season, Sermon teamed up with Minnesota Vikings tailback Dalvin Cook, who is known for his quick outburst. The three-time Pro Bowl running back was instrumental in Sermon’s preparation for his sophomore year.
“I picked up a few things by working with him and just picking his brain,” Sermon said. “We’re in a similar system, so we can just rely on my eyes. He said I have a great vision, I just have to rely on what I see and that helps me play much faster.”
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Kyle Shanahan has already noticed a difference in the way Sermon has accelerated in the handful of padded exercises the team has had. The head coach believes that the mentality of the ball carrier is very different from last season.
“Those holes in the NFL are closing much faster than in college,” Shanahan said. “I think Trey learned that the hard way in his first year and he has the movie and the experience that happened. It’s about hitting him without hesitation.”
Sermon admits his first NFL season was a learning experience, but the mental reps he made during the off-season only helped him improve.
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