Running Back Carlos Hyde
Running back Carlos Hyde’s immediate future certainly got cloudier after the 49ers released NaVorro Bowman. If Bowman wasn’t viewed as a long-term piece moving forward, how would the front office view Hyde — a pending free agent — and his role beyond this season?
No wonder there were trade rumors, although Kyle Shanahan rebuked this recently.
Regardless, Hyde could easily be gone in 2018. And the stat line from Week 6 suggests he’s not exactly a featured fit in Shanahan’s offense anyway.
Sure, Hyde had two rushing touchdowns — the second multi-score game he’s had this season. But as far as carrying the offense, Hyde wasn’t particularly effective. In total, he had just 28 rushing yards on 13 carries, an average of 2.2 yards per attempt.
While Hyde was a factor in the passing game, hauling in 47 receiving yards, it wouldn’t be a shock at all to see San Francisco’s offense give more opportunities to No. 2 running back Matt Breida.
Speaking of Breida…