Robertson named Offensive <BR>MVP of NFL Europe

Jamal Robertson is a perfect example why NFL teams send unheralded prospects to play in Europe. Robertson - allocated by the 49ers to the Rhein Fire this spring - took full advantage of the opportunity, producing a season that saw him earn NFL Europe Offensive MVP honors on Thursday, a development that has ensured him a long look with the Niners when training camp begins next month.

Robertson rushed for 792 yards and had a 90-yard touchdown run - the longest in the league's 10-year history - and led the league with eight rushing touchdowns. While he faces tough odds to make the Niners as a tailback - where he'll be at least fourth on the depth chart behind Garrison Hearst, Kevan Barlow and Jonas Lewis - the team will give the shifty Robertson an opportunity to show what he can do as a kick returner and perhaps find a niche there.

Robertson was the only running back named to the All-NFL Europe team, which included Niners-allocated Jerome Davis at defensive end. Davis lasted deep into training camp with the Niners last year, showing some good power and push off the ball, and will again compete in a cramped competition at that position this summer.

That competition, however, will not include Shawn Hay, a 49ers-allocated defensive end who also played in NFL Europe this spring after spending time with the Niners in camp last year. Hay was waived by the Niners on Thursday as the team continues to close in on the 80-man roster it will take to Stockton in July. That number will not include six NFL Europe exemptions that the Niners won't have to count toward their roster limit until weeks into August.

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