Carlos Hyde enters his fourth year at the NFL level. The one-time heir apparent to Frank Gore, San Francisco’s all-time rushing leader, Hyde’s career has unfortunately been marked by inconsistency and injury.
It’s not all Hyde’s fault, necessarily. Just a year ago, the Niners offensive line ranked dead last in run blocking, per Football Outsiders. And it wasn’t much better the year before.
This has forced Hyde to elude and force himself through more tackles than an average starting-tier tailback.
There’s enough buzz going around wondering whether or not Hyde will be a fit in Kyle Shanahan’s outside-zone scheme. But, as Niner Noise’s Chris Wilson shows on this outside run, Hyde appears to have the tools to master this system:
Some tweaking may be required for Hyde to fully master Shanahan’s offense. But it isn’t as Hyde lacks the fit.
The only question, though, is what the Niners elect to do with Hyde at this point in his career. Hyde will turn 27 years old this September and also enters a contract year. Does San Francisco want to turn the page or hold onto one of its better assets?