The San Francisco 49ers put up quite the formidable run game in 2018. With the return of a healthy Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon for the 2019 season, the Niners will be primed for an explosive backfield.
The San Francisco 49ers had the year from hell when it comes to injuries. Both the offense and defense were forced to delve deep into their backups and practice squad in order to field a full team.
Among player groups hit especially hard were the running backs, with the 49ers down to their last two healthy players for their remaining game in Week 17.
It is quite extraordinary that, despite all the injuries, head coach Kyle Shanahan still managed to produce a very good run game throughout the course of the season. He is known as an offensive genius, after all.
The 49ers ended the season ranked 13th in the NFL in rushing, with a total of 1,902 yards. They averaged 118.9 yards per game, with their biggest game coming in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions with 190 rushing yards.
With the running back corps set to come back bigger and better for 2019, let’s take a look at where each player stands in the depth chart.