Trey Sermon ready to be ‘explosive’ after offseason Dalvin Cook workouts

SANTA CLARA — After a disappointing rookie season, Trey Sermon is ready to take the field with a new focus. 

There were high expectations 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 recorded 41 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown. 

Sermon actually ranked 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 weight on his frame, the second year running back is looking for a breakout season. 

“Being explosive,” Sermon said on Wednesday. “I feel like that is one thing that I kind of lost last year, just being explosive out of that first cut. That’s been a really big emphasis for me this offseason and even still now in training camp. I’m still working on it and I’m very conscious of it.”  

During the offseason, Sermon worked out with Minnesota Vikings tailback Dalvin Cook, who is known for his quick burst. The three-time Pro Bowl running back was a resource for Sermon in his preparation for his second year. 

“I picked ups a few things from working with him and just picking his brain,” Sermon said. “We are in a similar system, so just being able to trust my eyes. He said…

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