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RB Carlos Hyde - San Francisco 49ers

6-0, 235Born: 9-20-1991College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Thu Feb 1): could be on his way out of town in free agency, in the opinion of Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

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17 at LAR 45 15 90 2 4 2 10 0 1 21

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs LAR (15 / 90 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Hyde ran for 6 yards per carry against Los Angeles' backup front seven. Oddly enough, most of his damage -- including one of his touchdowns -- came on runs to the outside left rather than up the middle vacated by All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Other than that, and his continued lack of involvement in the passing game, this was a typical Hyde performance we've seen for years: power, elusiveness, and the occasional fumble. All three of these were on display during a single fourth quarter carry. Out of an an I-formation, Hyde side-stepped immediate up-the-middle penetration by defensive end Morgan Fox, and then cut back inside to avoid safety Cody Davis's outside pursuit at the line of scrimmage. From there, he burst through the hole that had opened up and ran through two tackle attempts -- only to fumble at the end of the run because he was fighting for even more yardage rather than just going to the ground to continue burning clock with a second-half lead.

2017 Week 16 vs JAX (21 / 54 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Unlike last week, Hyde's longest run actually gained double-digit yardage. That said, that run was the only one; otherwise he was shut down as a runner once again: 19 of 21 carries went for 5 yards or less. The tape shows that this lack of production and efficiency was due to Jacksonville's game plan. On most plays, they either utilized an 8-man box or they had cornerback Aaron Colvin play press man coverage so as to have an extra defender near the line of scrimmage in the event of a run.

2017 Week 15 vs TEN (16 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Continuing the trend of recent weeks, Hyde was once again a nonfactor in the passing game. And with Tennessee constantly allowing receivers to run wide open with impunity, San Francisco's pass-heavy play-calling rendered Hyde a virtual nonfactor as a runner. He still put on his usual displays of power and elusiveness from time to time, but there was simply no there there: Seven of his 16 carries went for zero or negative yardage, including a 4-yard loss on 2nd-and-goal at the 1-yard line.

2017 Week 14 vs HOU (14 / 78 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

This was a typical Hyde performance in terms of power and elusiveness. Perhaps the best illustration came on his game-long 31-yard run that turned a likely kneel-out-the-half drive into a field-goal-at-the-buzzer drive. He took a shotgun handoff around the left end, eluded linebacker Gimel President's penetration, and ran away from everyone, going untouched for 30 of the 31 yards. And true to form, Hyde didn't get tackled so much as he just happened to step out of bounds while obliterating Kareem Jackson along the sideline. The only negatives from a fantasy perspective were 1) somehow only having three carries during a fourth quarter in which San Francisco led throughout; 2) poorly tracking the ball and short-arming what would have been a wide-open deep touchdown catch across the middle of the field; and 3) being almost entirely invisible as a receiver otherwise. Of course, that latter negative is somewhat misleading, as Matt Breida also wasn't involved as a receiver. It probably has more to do with Jimmy Garoppolo, unlike his predecessors, not being a checkdown artist.

2017 Week 13 vs CHI (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Despite getting subbed out for Matt Breida more than usual and not having a great game on the stat sheet, Hyde had (at least) three plays that showed off his acumen. One was an outside zone run to the left, where Akiem Hicks had him dead to right in the backfield, but made him miss; and then Lamarr Houston had him dead to rights at the line of scrimmage after a cut-back, but made him miss too, thereby turning a 2-yard loss into a 2-yard gain. Second, gained 19 yards on a counter to kickstart San Francisco's game-winning drive. Third, later in said drive, with the 49ers in field goal position and bleeding clock, Hyde made a nice catch in the right flat along the sideline and was somehow able to immediately go down to keep the clock running despite his momentum carrying him out of bounds. Not so smart, however, was a two-play sequence late in the second quarter that may have cost the 49ers a touchdown. Hyde passed up an easy first down on 2nd-and-1 inside Chicago's 10-yard line to instead bounce outside for no reason and for no gain. And then he committed a false start penalty prior to the next play.

2017 Week 12 vs SEA (16 / 47 / 0 rush, 13 / 7 / 21 / 0 rec)

Hyde's substandard running stats can be chalked up to one thing and one thing only Seattle's game plan and execution. They set out to stop the 49ers' outside zone running game, and did just that with assignment discipline and lateral speed. As evidence of this, over half of Hyde's rushing yards (24 of 47) came on two up-the-middle carries -- i.e., not outside zone -- during San Francisco's opening drive of the third quarter, i.e., after halftime adjustments could be made. On the flip side, Hyde's substandard receiving stats were due to a mixture of Seattle's defense, box score technicalities, and his own errors. On a couple of targets, a Seahawks defender knocked him off his route (within the 5-yard area) just before C.J. Beathard delivered his pass. On a couple more, a target was assigned to Hyde because he was in the area of a desperation, sack-avoiding dumpoff. (Another of this variety, wasn't "credited" as a target due to intentional grounding.) And finally, on a couple more of his targets, Hyde just flat-out dropped the ball. Of course, both were dumpoffs on 3rd-and-long that wouldn't have gained much yardage anyway; but still.

2017 Week 10 vs NYG (17 / 98 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

This was likely one of the easiest 90-plus yard rushing days of Hyde's career. Sure, there existed a modicum of his usual bruising running style, but the holes were enormous against the Giants. And it wasn't so much that San Francisco's line blocked extremely well, as it was that New York's defense repeated overpursued, thereby allowing wide-open cut back lanes into wide-open terrain. This phenomenon started early, as in the first play of the game. Hyde took a pitch to the left and eluded Olivier Vernon's immediate tackle attempt behind the line. With Jason Pierre-Paul eschewing his backside contain responsibilities, Hyde was able to cut back to the right and run by him for 28 yards.

2017 Week 9 vs ARI (12 / 41 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 84 / 0 rec)

With C.J. Beathard unable to adapt to Arizona's pressure nor throw timely, accurate passes on the outside, Hyde became San Francisco's primary receciving target midway through the second quarter. On nearly every one of his targets, Hyde showed the latent receiving ability that has been written about in this space repeatedly. On a first quarter flat route thrown slightly behind him, Hyde reached back with his hands to secure the catch. On a second quarter reception in the flat, he used his elusiveness as a runner to turn a near-certain loss into positive yardage. On a third quarter catch for 17 yards, Hyde motioned wide out of the backfield, beat Patrick Peterson's short zone coverage, and eluded Peterson's tackle for an additional 11 yards.

2017 Week 8 vs PHI (12 / 25 / 0 rush, 9 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

How does a running back -- generally the recipient on easy, short throws -- end up with five of nine targets falling incomplete? Let us count the ways. On his first target, Hyde beat safety Malcolm Jenkins on an angle route out with wide open spaces ahead of him, but C.J. Beathard threw the ball high and behind him. A couple of drives later, Beathard threw behind Hyde again, this time on a flat route that was nearly intercepted. Next up, Beathard correctly threw to Hyde's hot route when Philadelphia blitzed, but the threw was high and out of reach. Incompletion No. 4 came on an inside screen pass that Beathard threw several feet too far inside, such that it hit right guard Brandon Fusco's shoulder pad. And finally, last but not least involved Beathard delivering a rare, properly timed pass over the middle, but Hyde slipping on the wet turf as he made his cut inside. Unfortunately, Hyde couldn't make up for those Keystone Kops vignettes as a runner because a makeshift offensive line that lost left tackle Joe Staley near the end of the second quarter couldn't provide much running room. To wit, nine of Hyde's carries went for a total of -3 yards; the other three went for 28. Two of these three successful carries were the result of play design and blocking execution, but an 8-yard run near the end of the third quarter involved Hyde eluding a run blitzer at the line of scrimmage and regaining his balance to then run over linebacker Mychal Kendricks at the second level.

2017 Week 7 vs DAL (14 / 68 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Both in terms of his usage and once again exhibiting his explosive, tackle-breaking skill set, Hyde appeared healthier than he's been the past several weeks. He had two pairs of plays spanning the end of the second quarter into the beginning of the third quarter that showed this clearly. With 4:10 left in the half, Hyde had a huge hole up the middle on inside zone, but found himself face-to-face with safety Jeff Heath three yards downfield -- who he proceeded to juke out of his shoes...and then cut away from the arm tackle of linebacker Jaylon Smith...and then treat cornerback Jourdan Lewis' furious shot as if it was a whimper...and then required two other tacklers to bring him down. Mind you, that was just on a 12-yard gain. Hyde had a similar run with 12:36 left in the third quarter. It was another inside zone, but this time he was bottled up at the line of scrimmage -- or so it seemed. He somehow was able to navigate through the traffic. After that, as before, he ran over a defender like it was nothing -- this time cornerback Anthony Brown -- and required two tacklers to bring him down. All of that for 7 yards down 20-3 in the second half.

2017 Week 6 vs WAS (13 / 28 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Even though they each only gained one yard, Hyde's two touchdowns were among his best runs of the game. The first showed his cutback ability in an outside zone running scheme, while the second showed his ability to find daylight and accelerate towards it. For the rest of the day, Hyde's rushing was stymied by either the Washington front seven's prowess or San Francisco's offense getting behind the sticks. He made up for it as a receiver, however, getting open and/or catching passes across a wide variety of routes: settles, screens, angles, and even a wheel.

2017 Week 5 vs IND (8 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

As foreshadowed in Week 4, Hyde clearly wasn't operating at 100 percent against Indianapolis. Early in the game, he wasn't given his usual modicum of carries, although he did turn one negative-4 yard run into a positive 4-yard run through his usual modicum of elusiveness. (He also had a 10-yard run nullified because Marquise Goodwin unnecessarily held a defender.) Shortly thereafter, he went to the sideline for the rest of the first half, came back for San Francisco's first drive of the second half, then left again, and then came back again for the final five minutes and overtime. On several of his carries during this endgame participation, Hyde seemed unable to accelerate through openings to the extent that we're used to seeing.

2017 Week 4 vs ARI (16 / 68 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

The 49ers may not have put Hyde in bubble wrap for this game, but they did treat his usage with kid gloves. For instance, there was a stretch overlapping the first and second quarter where Matt Breida was on the field for 10 out of 14 snaps. Outside of that, however, Hyde outsnapped Breida 56-14. Hyde's hiatus came after a leg-churning, 11-yard run up the middle in which he gained 8 yards after first contact and another yard after second contact. No telling if this was the cause, but it's worth noting. In the third quarter, Hyde had a 14-yard run on a toss sweep to the left and a 15-yard run on outside zone. What was most impressive about the latter was that it came on a play where Brian Hoyer had to sit out by rule due to an injury stoppage. Everyone in the stadium knew it was going to be a running play, especially the Cardinals, who put eight men in the box. No matter, Hyde was able to navigate penetration 4 yards into the backfield, side-step a tackler at the line of scrimmage, burst upfield after contact, and then power through linebacker Markus Golden's arm tackle for the final 6 yards. Hyde's performance wasn't all good, though. Just before the two-minute warning in regulation, he whiffed in pass protection against the much smaller Tyrann Mathieu, whose blitz got there for a sack. And in overtime, Hyde fumbled twice, both of which could have been catastrophic. The first -- recovered immediately by teammate Joe Staley -- occurred at San Francisco's own 31-yard line. The second, which occurred with the 49ers in field goal range at the Arizona 25-yard line, was recovered by Arizona, but officials ruled Hyde down by contact upon further review.

2017 Week 3 vs LAR (25 / 84 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Hyde played 73 percent of San Francisco's offensive snaps and saw 74 percent of their backfield's touch opportunities despite -- no, because of -- missing eight plays after sustaining a minor hip injury near the end of the first quarter. Of Hyde's massive volume, a few plays and sequences are worth noting. His longest run of the game came before his brief exit; a 20-yard run that, although against an eight-man box, was blocked wide open to the point where he wasn't touched until being tackled. In the second half, Hyde's two rushing touchdowns came via being fed the ball over and over again in goal-to-go situations. Midway through the third quarter, San Francisco called his number on all four downs beginning at 1st-and-goal at the 6-yard line. For all intents and purposes, the same happened at the end of the fourth quarter: four plays starting at the Rams' 6-yard line resulted in three Hyde carries and a touchdown on fourth down. Otherwise, this game was typical of most others you'll see from Hyde, explosive yet somehow also workmanlike. Case in point, during one of the aforementioned goal-to-go workhorse sequences, Hyde actually slipped and fell four yards deep in the backfield while making his cut towards right tackle, yet was able to get up, immediately accelerate, and break enough tackles to turn the play into an improbable 2-yard gain.

2017 Week 2 vs SEA (15 / 124 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Hyde once again confirmed that he's the bellcow back in San Francisco -- and deservedly so. Playing 82 percent of snaps necessarily means he had to have been on the field for most passing downs, but Hyde was actually featured as a receiver. Brian Hoyer's blind spot led to Hyde's first target being intercepted, but lining up in the slot against a linebacker was/is a mismatch Kyle Shanahan seems eager to exploit. As a runner, although Hyde did display his usual modicum of broken tackles throughout the game, his two highlight-reel carries -- accounting for 88 of his 124 rushing yards -- were more of the "untouched" variety thanks to his offensive line and a great kick-out block by fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

2017 Week 1 vs CAR (9 / 45 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)

Hyde was primed for a big game, but the 49ers couldn't sustain drives and get him in a rhythm. He got to the second level on multiple runs and ran with great burst and power. The Panthers tough linebackers met him with equal force at the end of runs to limit his yards after contact. Hyde was used more as a receiver in the second half and looked good in the role. He was the red zone offense on a late drive deep into Panthers territory but couldn't crack the Panthers defense for a score.


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