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RB Carlos Hyde - San Francisco 49ers

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

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2016 Week 16 vs LA (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)

Hyde's performance was hindered by the Rams' front not allowing much in the way of running room and tackling proficiently when they did. To wit, he gained over half of his scrimmage yards on three touches in the game's first six minutes. Working out of the pistol on San Francisco's first play, Hyde took a read-option handoff up the middle as designed. No lanes were open initially, but defensive end Eugene Sims had followed Colin Kaepernick outside, so a hole opened up off left tackle. Hyde bounced into said hole and ran for 14 yards, the final few of which he gained via running over safety T.J. McDonald like he was a slalom gate. After a short run, he closed out their next drive with a touchdown reception. Hyde ran a Texas route that linebacker Alec Ogletree overpursued to the flat. When Hyde cut his route back toward the middle of the field, he was wide open. Kaepernick delivered the ball in stride at the 15-yard line, and Hyde's elusiveness in open space did the rest, running away from one tackle and easily brushing off another at the goal line. After that, nothing eventful happened until his season ended prematurely when cornerback E.J. Gaines dove at his knees as he turned upfield after making a nice hands catch in the flat. The box score says he lost a fumble on the play, but it was more a case of dropping the ball in agony when his MCL got torn.

2016 Week 15 vs ATL (13 / 71 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

With multiple dropped targets, Hyde showed why Chip Kelly et al. prefer to have Shaun Draughn on the field for passing downs. But luckily, Kelly et al. weren't equally swayed by Hyde's early fumble as a runner. Instead, Hyde did his usual bit of exploding through holes when the 49ers' offensive line created them and turning lemons into lemonade when they didn't. For instance, on 2nd-and-10 down 31-13 in the third quarter, Hyde turned a tackle-for-loss by linebacker De'Vondre Campbell into an 8-yard gain. Earlier in the game, he exploded through open holes for 29 yards in two plays. And later in the game, he was still running hard, throwing his (recently injured) shoulder into tacklers at the end of both a 12-yard gain and a 1-yard loss.

2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (17 / 193 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)

There isn't much more to say about Hyde that hasn't been said before in these recaps. His combination of size, speed, and skill ranks up there with David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell. And he'd rank up there with them in terms of season-long fantasy scoring if not for being on one of the least-talented offenses in the league while also suffering through perplexing usage. Usually, Hyde typically spends each game in a constant struggle, mostly trying to turn lemons into lemonade. Three-yard losses become two-yard gains, two-yard gains become eight-yard gains, and so on. Every once in a while, there's actually a lane to run through, and he makes the most of it. Well, against the Jets, there was no struggle. Lanes opened up repeatedly. And what did Hyde do? Oh nothing...except require the fewest attempts to reach 190 yards in NFL history...and the fewest to reach 180...and the fewest to reach 170. In this game, he had runs of 47, 43, 25, 20, and 18 yards. And if you watch the film, you see that he exploded through each hole as if he was shot out of a cannon. A linebacker or defensive back was there each time to possibly limit him to, say, a 10-yard gain, but he just blew by them as if they were standing still. On other teams, when an other worldly running back talent -- the only such talent you have on offense, by the way -- is having so much success, he would rarely come off the field. Instead, Hyde only played 53 percent of San Francisco's running back snaps. Why? Because of two things: 1) a breather after every long run, of which there were several; and 2) an inordinate number of "passing situations" (i.e., 2nd-and-long, 3rd-and-long, or two-minute drills). Of course, given that Hyde turned a 3-yard reception into a 7-yard touchdown reception on San Francisco's first play of the game by breaking the tackle of a helpless Buster Skrine at the 4-yard line, you'd think Shaun Draughn's "passing situation" services would no longer be needed. Nope.

2016 Week 13 vs CHI (20 / 92 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Because the 49ers' powers-that-be chose to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing in Disney World, it's no wonder that Hyde was featured. Despite, at times, the viewers watching at home knowing he was getting a carry, Hyde excelled in this ultra-predictable situation. By the end of the first quarter, he had 39 rushing yards via Chip Kelly's zone-read running game. And then he had another 35 in the second quarter. But then the 49ers' defense gave up three touchdowns in three drives, and so Hyde's contribution to the offense became obsolete.

2016 Week 12 vs MIA (13 / 65 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

It became abundantly clear early on that Miami's defensive gameplan involved linebacker Kiko Alonso shadowing Hyde's or Colin Kapernick's every move. Hyde's touchdown reception was the result of a pick play designed to get Alonso out of the picture. Also, Hyde did his usual performance of turning nothing into something in the running game, with many of his runs involving having to avoid a defender that immediately penetrated into the backfield. In fact, that theme began on Hyde's first carry: He broke Jordan Phillips' tackle three yards behind the line of scrimmage, and then ran for an 11-yard gain. Not surprisingly, Hyde's longest run of the day was a 24-yarder where good blocking allowed him to go mostly untouched. Of course, when he finally was touched, he proceeded to run over Isa Abdul-Quddus for an extra four yards.

2016 Week 11 vs NE (19 / 86 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Hyde continues to be the silver lining of in San Francisco's dark cloud on offense. On at least three occasions in this game, Hyde did something that made you want to rewind your DVR and watch it again...and again...and again. There was a play where he squeezed through the tiniest of holes for 12 yards. Then there was another play where he juked Patrick Chung out of his cleats for 12 more yards. On yet another, he bounced an inside zone to the outside because the Patriots had the inside bottled up, beat Rob Ninkovich to the corner, turned the corner without slowing down, and then run over Chung for a couple extra yards at the end of the run. One could go on and on. OK, here's a few more: He shook off Malcom Brown's hit at the line to gain an extra 4 yards; he broke Trey Flowers' tackle at the line to gain an extra 8 yards; he evaded an unblocked Chris Long in the backfield to Houdini 6 yards out of negative-3. His most impressive play of all actually came as a receiver, which conventional wisdom says isn't a strength of his. With his team down 20 with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter, Kaepernick threw a swing pass too high. No problem. Hyde made a leaping catch in the backfield, somehow keeping his balance enough to turn around and run. He then proceeded to run over two defenders at the line of scrimmage and evade another for what turned out to be a measly 3-yard gain. As much as the individual skill on display, what made the play great was that, again, he exerted this much effort at the end of a blowout loss.

2016 Week 10 vs ARI (13 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Except for a couple of 5-yard runs that he manufactured out of thin air, Hyde's performance was a case of San Francisco's offensive line losing the battle against Arizona's front seven. In his first three carries, Hyde had -3 yards on 3 carries, including a toss sweep that netted minus-5 yards. On a later zone-blocked run for minus-4 yards, he encountered no hole on the front side and a Cardinals backside pursuit (and ultimately a backfield tackle) suggesting Arizona wouldn't be fooled. A further indictment of San Francisco's run-blocking was that Arizona accomplished all this -- and shut down the 49ers run offense overall -- despite playing with only six men in the box for the entire game. If there's any criticism of Hyde to be made, it's that, late in the fourth quarter, he found himself wide open on a deep corner route out of the backfield. Kaepernick delivered a perfect pass for a tying touchdown, but Hyde dropped it all alone in the end zone. Granted, the impact of this drop ended up being minor because San Francisco succeeded at tying the game two plays later, but it's worth noting going forward.

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (14 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Another week, another game where Hyde creates something out of nothing and even more out of something. The first quarter saw Hyde finding little if any running room on inside zone, rushing for 5 yards on 4 carries in that direction. Chip Kelly adjusted by calling more stretch plays, and Hyde immediately broke off outside gains of 5 and 11 yards. That reopened the middle, which produced Hyde's longest and most impressive run of the day, a 15-yard gain in which he carried multiple defenders on his back for the final 9 yards. But then, inexplicably, after the Bills recommitted themselves to stopping inside zone, Kelly never readjusted. Hyde's final eight carries before exiting the game with a shoulder injury went for only 5 yards, and none went outside. Speaking of his shoulder injury, it didn't appear to be serious. Hyde's lack of involvement in the fourth quarter was due to the score going from 24-16 to 38-16 between San Francisco drives, and (presumably) the 49ers' brass choosing to therefore err on the side of caution with their best offensive player.

2016 Week 5 vs ARI (22 / 78 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)

A large portion of Hyde's performance involved skills we already know he possesses. Whether by running over defenders, carrying defenders, or eluding defenders, he once again showed a knack for extracting as much yardage as possible on every rushing attempt. When he's met in the backfield, he (at least) gets back to the line. When he's met at the line, as was the case on his touchdown run, he finds a way to propel himself forward for a yard or three. And on the rare occasion that a hole opens up, he makes at least one tackler miss in one way or another. If there was anything new to take away from this game, it was that Hyde showed good hands and the similar elusiveness in the passing game. Unlike what a receiver with bad hands or lacking confidence in their hands, he didn't "body-catch" anything, and a couple of times snatched a wayward Blaine Gabbert throw out of the air. With Shaun Draughn's increasing absence in the 49ers' offensive game plan, this bodes well for Hyde's fantasy prospects going forward.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (15 / 74 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Hyde continues to be the only 49ers skill position player to be able to beat defenses whether they're geared to stop him or not. On the rare occassion that a wide running lane opens up, he runs for 25 yards, and then carries a tackler for 7 yards more. And when the defense appears to have him bottled up for zero or negative yardage, he finds a way more often than not to turn it into a positive gain. Sometimes, it's with patience: On both his 3-yard touchdown run and a 9-yard gain near the end of the half, he slowed down when there was nothing there, waited for a hole to open, and then accelerated through it. Other times, it's with power: On a 4-yard run to open the fourth quarter, he bounced off a tackle at the line of scrimmage, cut back against the grain, and stiff-armed safety Barry Church into a shallow grave. And still other times, it's with agility: On the very next play, he gained four more after spinning out of a certain Sean Lee tackle at the line.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (21 / 103 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Symptomatic of San Francisco's offensive performance, 67 of Hyde's rushing yards and both of his touchdowns came with the 49ers down 37-7. Prior to that favorable game script situation, the offensive line provided little running room for the second week in a row. Being a zone running team themselves, Seattle was prepared for and successfully executed a defense against San Francisco's blocking scheme. And yet, Hyde had a couple of impressive runs, albeit for modest gains. One was a deft cut-back on a zone-read play in the first quarter, while the second involved Hyde juking linebacker Bobby Wagner for 4 yards that a lesser running back wouldn't have gained.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (14 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Hyde's underwhelming stat line can be summed up by the phrase "not much running room." Other than a handful of carries, Hyde spent the day meeting first contact at or behind the line of scrimmage. Sometimes, like on an eight-yard run in the second quarter, he was able to overcome the disadvantage by making multiple defenders miss. Mostly, though, it was just one struggle for positive yardage after another. The game script also didn't work in Hyde's favor, as his last carry came one minute into the fourth quarter, with the 49ers down 31-10.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (23 / 88 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Hyde's underwhelming yards per carry shouldn't be surprising given the strength of Los Angeles' defensive line and the weakness of San Francisco's offensive line. Running lanes were hard to come by, but, when they emerged, Hyde made the most of those opportunities. His longest run of the game came on a read-option where he cut outside when a huge hole opened off tackle, then accelerated through simultaneous tackle attempts by two unimpeded Rams defenders, then cut back inside after reading a block downfield, and then used his speed and a stiffarm to gain the final 7 yards. His first quarter touchdown run was another example. The play was blocked perfectly, but Hyde's subtle lean outside baited the blocking target of a pulling Garrett Celek, thereby giving him the leverage to create a hole much larger than it was probably designed. And of course, once that hole opened, Hyde gunned the gas pedal and outran three other Rams defenders. As long as he's healthy, this is what Hyde does game in and game out.


Latest News

49ers | Carlos Hyde still has support (Fri Apr 14, 10:10 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde can be a 'highly productive player,' according to general manager John Lynch, and Lynch said he hopes Hyde approaches the season like a player that has something to prove.

Our View: Hyde is in a contract year, and he's in one of the most RB-friendly systems in the league. If he stays healthy and produces as the starter, Hyde could have a strong season...and certainly a fantasy relevant one. However, earlier reports indicate the 49ers are looking for RB talent at some point in the 2017 NFL draft. Stay tuned.
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49ers | Carlos Hyde on the outs? (Wed Apr 12, 10:41 AM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) may have the front office ready to give up on him due to repeated injuries, according to sources.

Our View: Hyde has been banged up quite a bit, and he's never really played up to his full potential because of it. He's in a contract year in 2017, and we don't think the 49ers bring him back after that.
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49ers | Carlos Hyde able to run and cut (Tue Apr 11, 12:56 AM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) said that he is back to running again. However, he added: 'I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I'm making improvement.' He'll have a 'run test' Tuesday, April 11.

Our View: Hyde is in a contract year, and if he stays healthy he could produce big time numbers in 2017. Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach of the 49ers, and he's got a very friendly system for running backs. Keep an eye on his recovery as he continues through the offseason.
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