BALTIMORE — Raheem Mostert didn’t have much fun last time he played in this stadium, in this city.
The 49ers’ running back, who galloped for a career-high 146 yards on 19 carries on a mushy field Sunday, including a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, ended his rookie season of 2015 here, with a thud.
Mostert played for the Browns and the Dolphins that season, before landing with the Ravens. He felt he did a smash-up job as a special teams guy, but the Ravens sent him packing in a clumsy way.
“Definitely emotional,” Mostert said of Sunday’s game. “It’s kind of playoff atmosphere. We’re away, tough environment, this stadium’s unbelievable. I’ve been here, my rookie year when I was with the Ravens.”
Mostert recalled that he was led to believe he was going to be released by the Ravens one week, then was brought back, and, “I got cussed out from all the coaches, (and the team) released me the following week. I’m a great special-teams player when I was a rookie, but I never really got a chance to run.”
Mostert had zero carries from scrimmage that season. In fact, he didn’t get his first NFL carry until the 49ers plucked him off the scrap heap late in 2016, and gave him a chance to pack the leather in something besides special teams. He came into this season with 41 total carries as an NFL running back.
This season, counting Sunday: 92 carries, 539 yards, 5.9 yards per rush.
With multiple injuries to 49ers’ running backs this season, Mostert has emerged as much more than just a useful fill-in.
His touchdown run Sunday came in the second quarter, with the 49ers trailing 14-7. He also had runs of 16, 18 and 19 yards.
“He’s really fast,” said tight end George Kittle, laughing. “So yes, he’s a heck of a football player. He did plus-140, right? Yeah, that’s pretty impressive. He was fantastic. And a lot of that was our O-line (blocking). Tight ends and fullback did a really good job (too), especially on wide receivers on the outside.. . .Raheem was fantastic today.”
For Mostert, the game, the stadium, brought back memories.
“I didn’t really have a good experience when I was here,” Mostert said. “I wasn’t really holding onto a grudge, but I did want to show the organization what they missed out on, and it worked to my benefit.”
Scott Ostler is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist.
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