The first attempt was especially impressive, as Hayne turned a Willie Mays-style over-the-shoulder catch into a highlight-reel run.
Although it's fair to question Hayne's football instincts in tight quarters as a tailback, there's nothing fluky about his playmaking ability in space.
Hayne's first 18 preseason touches have netted 235 yards. Demonstrating a knack for making the gunner miss with his first move, Hayne's five punt returns have all gone for at least 10 yards.
Even if Tomsula continues to tamp down the hype, the question has gone from whether Hayne will make the final roster to whether he will hit the ground running as one of the NFL's most effective return specialists.