Colin Kaepernick on rugby star Jarryd Hayne: A phenomenal athlete

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an up close and personal look at one of his newest teammates during his recent two-month stay in Phoenix.

Jarryd Hayne, a rugby star in his native Australia, was among the Niners who joined Kaepernick in those offseason workouts.

Kaepernick’s impressions?

“A phenomenal athlete,” Kaepernick said. “Just a natural. Since the day I’ve met him, since every workout he’s been at, he’s going to give you everything he has. It doesn’t seem like there’s much of a learning curve for him.”

New 49ers running back Reggie Bush told The Daily Telegraph recently that Hayne should have no trouble making the Niners’ 53-man roster.

“He has all the talents and athleticism to be able to play in this league and to be able to play at a high level in this league,” Bush said.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and I think he’s going to be a great addition to the 49ers.”

Hayne said the Niners gave him $100,000 guaranteed to choose them over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. And while many think Hayne's best route to making the team will be as a kick returner, he has no real position.

That does not bother Kaepernick.

“This is going to be a football player,” Kaepernick said. “He does a lot of things very well. It’s going to be our job to be able to utilize him and put him in positions to allow him to make plays and use his athleticism.”