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RB Matt Breida - San Francisco 49ers

5-11, 190Born: 2-28-1995College: Georgia SouthernDrafted: ---

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16 vs JAX 23 11 74 1 1 1 8 0 0 14.2
17 at LAR 20 12 72 0 2 1 32 0 0 10.4

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs LAR (12 / 72 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)

With the Rams' defensive front seven playing backups save for eight plays, it wasn't surprising to see Breida (and Carlos Hyde) run for 6 yards per carry. It was surprising, however, to see Breida post his longest reception of the season, a 32-yard catch and run in the back half of the fourth quarter. On the play, San Francisco lined up with two in-line tight ends, but no wide receiver, on the right side of the formation and with both Breida and Hyde in the backfield. Hyde motioned left and both tight ends ran in-breaking routes towards the left side of the field. All of these actions drew the defense in that direction, primarily the two defenders on the tight end side of the defense, thereby allowing Breida to slip out of the backfield completely uncovered. By the time the Rams figured out their error, the closest would-be tacklers weren't within 20 yards of him.

2017 Week 16 vs JAX (11 / 74 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Breida's signature play in this game was his 30-yard, victory-sealing touchdown run with 90 seconds left. On the play, Breida was lined up as the single back in a trips left formation. Marquise Goodwin went in motion, which got the Jaguars' defense moving in one direction. Jimmy Garoppolo faked the jet sweep to Goodwin, and instead pitched to Breida going in the opposition direction. This designed misdirection resulted in Breida being able to run untouched into the endzone. (Although he was untouched, it should be noted that he made a deft tackle-avoiding, tight rope-walking move along the sideline about half way there.) Otherwise, Breida's only other clear display of individual running skill came on a 13-yard run near the end of the second quarter. This time in an I-formation, he bounced off would-be tacklers behind right guard, then cut back inside and ran away from two more, and then powered through another tackle attempt 10 yards downfield.

2017 Week 14 vs HOU (12 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the 49ers using even more no huddle than they usually do and having multiple drives in the final five minutes of the first half, Breida replaced Carlos Hyde on the field for long stretches of plays at a time. Unfortunately, that increased playing time didn't result in increased production. The longest of Breida's 12 carries went for only 6 yards, mainly because there either were no holes to run through at the point of attack or the holes that opened up closed just as quickly.

2017 Week 13 vs CHI (12 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Although Breida got more touches than usual because San Francisco used the no huddle more than usual, he didn't do much that stood out, mostly gaining yardage in plus running situations like 3rd-and-long, 2nd-and-long, and two late-second quarter drives.

2017 Week 10 vs NYG (9 / 55 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

With Carlos Hyde finding little resistance from New York, Breida returned to his role of giving a breather. That's why it wasn't until a three-play span during garbage time that Breida gained 49 of his 55 rushing yards, the capper being a 33-yard touchdown run. On the play, Breida lined up in a single back formation and took the hand of on an outside zone run. Like Hyde, Breida benefitted from overpursuit by the Giants' front seven, cutting back through a wide chasm and going untouched into the end zone.

2017 Week 8 vs PHI (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec)

Breida's longest carry was a 9-yard run against Philadelphia's defensive indifference in garbage time, so he suffered the same fate as Carlos Hyde did with respect to lack of running room. On one of his incomplete targets, Breida also fell victim to "the C.J. Beathard," i.e., a pass on an in-breaking route that's thrown well behind him. That said, Beathard was able to make the connection more successfully with Breida than with Hyde, the pinnacle of which was the former's 21-yard touchdown reception (albeit in garbage time). On the play, Breida was lined up in an offset I-formation and executed his requisite play-action fake before taking a shovel pass untouched into the end zone.

2017 Week 7 vs DAL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The fact that Breida only played 23 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps and saw only four opportunities in the process was particularly peculiar given the fact that, down 20-3 to start the second half, San Francisco seemingly treated this like a preseason game, emptying their offensive bench in the second half. Fourth-and fifth-string wide receivers saw significant action, but for whatever reason their second-string running back remained on the sideline. To boot, this was now the second week in a row Breida has such a small role.

2017 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

After splitting snaps with Carlos Hyde last week, Breida returned to his typical 25 percent share against Washington. However, he did avail himself of this limited playing time. Breida's first touch didn't come until midway through the second quarter, but he was able to gain 10 yards due to a perfectly executed weakside cut-back. Early in the third quarter, he gained double-digit yardage on consecutive plays. The first saw him lined up outside the numbers as a wide receiver against the coverage of cornerback Bashaud Breeland. He may have only won the battle because of (what looked like) defensive indifference, but his comeback route was textbook and he used his hands to snatch a high throw out of the air. On the next play, an outside zone run to the right, Breida evaded unblocked linebacker Zach Brown's tackle attempt behind the line of scrimmage, identified the wide-open lane, and cut upfield for 10 yards. In an odd turn of events, that was Breida's last touch until late in the fourth quarter, i.e., over 24 minutes of game time later.

2017 Week 5 vs IND (10 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

With Carlos Hyde sidelined for long stretches while nursing his hip injury, Breida played more than usual in this game and was actually able to portray a reasonable facsimile of Hyde's role in the 49ers' offense. He had several runs of 5 yards or more, including consecutive third-quarter carries of 13 and 14 yards. He was also active in the passing game, both as an outlet for Brian Hoyer and as a primary receiver on a quick slant on third down that kept San Francisco's touchdown drive alive at the end of the third quarter. That said, he wasn't anything at all like Hyde in terms of breaking tackles, as several of the aforementioned intermediate-length runs would have been even-longer gainers if not for Breida going down via the slightest bit of contact. He may have built a reputation for missed tackles in college and the preseason; just didn't demonstrate it against Indianapolis.

2017 Week 4 vs ARI (9 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

About 40 percent of Breida's playing time came during a 14-play stretch midway through the first half. As a runner, a 9-for-16 stat line looks even worse when half of his yardage came on one play, a toss sweep to the left in which he went untouched the entire way. In the passing game, he fared better. Immediately following that 8-yard run, Breida scored a touchdown on a corner route from out of the backfield, but it was nullified by offensive pass interference on Trent Taylor. (Unlike last week, this week's call was completely uncontroversial.) Breida also made a great block against blitzing linebacker Karlos Dansby, which allowed Brian Hoyer to connect with Trent Taylor for a first down on 3rd-and-3 during overtime.

2017 Week 3 vs LAR (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

The bulk of Breida's playing time came when Carlos Hyde briefly left the game with a hip injury. In that time, his performance was a mixed bag. On one hand, he demonstrated good ball skills on two receptions and broke several arm tackles on a 10-yard run up the middle. On the other hand, he dropped an easy inside screen pass to start San Francisco's third drive.

2017 Week 2 vs SEA (4 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Breida's first action of the game came when Carlos Hyde needed a breather after his 61-yard run in the second quarter. He didn't re-enter until the end of the third quarter, once again as a respite giver. This latter stint was more productive than the former, as he gained 10 or more yards on three consecutive carries. The first was a 10-yard gain against Seattle's bend-but-don't-break defense on 3rd-and-16; nothing to learn from there. In contrast, Breida's second and third carries came in much higher leverage situations, i.e., during a fourth-quarter drive that put San Francisco into range for their go-ahead field goal. That said, both plays were blocked impeccably; especially the latter, which gave Brieda the benefit of a lead-blocking fullback.

2017 Week 1 vs CAR (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Breida got some work to spell Carlos Hyde and looked quick through the hole, but won't value unless Hyde goes down.

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