Raheem Mostert rushed for 772 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 attempts last year despite splitting carries with Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raheem Mostert is preparing for a bigger role as his San Francisco 49ers look to defend their NFC title.

In an interview this week with Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Niners running back said that he was bulking up in anticipation of a larger workload for next season.

“I’m actually gaining some more muscle, which is kind of bizarre,” Mostert said. “I’m just trying to incorporate those things in my daily workouts so I’m able to take those hits and be one of those guys that are getting 200 carries. I’ve got to get prepared for that. And the only way I know how is to get bulky and stronger.

The 28-year-old, who used to play receiver in high school and college, also added that he wanted to take on more pass-catching responsibilities as well.

“I want to be multi-dimensional, and being able to catch the ball out of the backfield is one thing that I really pride myself on,” Mostert said. “Even lining up in the slot position … Just trying to get back to my wide receiver days.”

Mostert is listed at 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds. He rushed for 772 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 attempts last year despite splitting carries with Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. While Coleman is still around, Breida was traded to the Miami Dolphins this offseason (although Jerick McKinnon now looks poised to return from injury for the Niners on top of Jeff Wilson also re-signing).

We heard recently that Coleman could be traded as well, and Mostert offers some further evidence here that he might be the clear top dog in the San Francisco backfield next season.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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