No. 9: 49ers Regain Dominance in the Running Game
After the painful exit of the ageless warrior, running back Frank Gore, the 49ers were left with Carlos Hyde in an attempt to fill an impossible void.
While Hyde was deft back, he tended to end up on the injury list more often than not. And with Kyle Shanahan’s offensive style requiring a different skill set than what Hyde offered, it made sense for the Niners to explore other options.
Breida will step up into a quality No. 2 role and excel. As for McKinnon, he has great hands for a back, which can come in handy when a play crumbles and Jimmy Garoppolo needs a safety valve. He is also more than adept at blocking.
Add all of this up, and it will make for some great ground-attack football.