RB Carlos Hyde - Houston Texans
|6-0, 235||Born: 9-20-1991||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
2019 Week 1 vs NO (10 / 83 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
A surprised in the running game, Carlos Hyde was able to infuse lift into the backfield. Hyde was breaking the first tackle consistently and eating up yards. His longest run was 20-yards and he averaged 8.3 yards a carry. He was productive moving the football and appears to be in line to be the Texans primary ball carrier in the running game.
2019 Week 2 vs JAX (20 / 90 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When the Texans needed a spark, they turned to Carlos Hyde to handle the run game. 20 carries and the continues to get the bulk of the work in the running game. He had strong runs and no negative runs. Two of Hyde's longest runs of the night were 14 and 11 yards, and on both runs, he finished by running over defenders. The Texans went away from Hyde in the red zone, which is unfortunate with how well that ran the football.
2019 Week 3 vs LAC (10 / 19 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a slow day for Carlos Hyde and part of it was due to him giving up on his blocking too soon. There were creases for him to work but Hyde was attempting to get to the cut back lanes too quick not following his blocking. Hyde did have a 3-yard touchdown run to get the scoring going for the Texans to start the game.
2019 Week 4 vs CAR (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 6 / 0 rec)
Carlos Hyde's best run of the day came on what was not a designed run. It was a lateral on a missed pass protection call. Watson was able to find Hyde last minute and hit him for a 25-yard run. Outside of that run, Hyde has been wildly inconsistent running the football compared to the first two weeks of the season. Hyde is giving up on his blocking too quick and not getting downhill as he did in the first two games of the season. Hyde only had 35 yards outside of that 25-yard broken play averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
2019 Week 5 vs ATL (21 / 60 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was another productive day for running back Carlos Hyde who was able to get back into the end zone with a one-yard touchdown run. Hyde was able to cap off a near touchdown from Will Fuller. Hyde's longest run was 14-yards but outside of that is was tough sledding for him. He did have a fumble in the first drive of the game after a Falcons defensive lineman got int he backfield to punch the ball out. Hyde remains the Texans top back to tote the ball
2019 Week 6 vs KC (26 / 116 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
The Texans wanted to run the football, and Carlos Hyde notched his first 100-yard game in a Texans uniform. Hyde was able to do whatever he wanted on the ground. He helped the Texans close the gap late in the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run. His longest run of the game was 26-yards that saw him break multiple tackles including a nice stiff arm to finish the run. Hyde does an excellent job of breaking initial tackles and making sure all of his runs go for positive gains. Hyde also had a reception for 14-yards on a check down. His only issue of the game was fumbling on the first offensive drive of the game. It was Hyde's second fumble in as many weeks.
2019 Week 7 vs IND (12 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a slow day for Carls Hyde with the Colts defense shutting him down, running the football. Hyde's longest run of the day was a 10-yard scamper that saw him break tackles and get into the second level. Outside of that run, Hyde was a non-factor for the offense. Hyde also had a drop in the passing game on a key thrid down throw late in the game.
2019 Week 8 vs OAK (19 / 83 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It always seems that Carlos Hyde needs his customary fumble to get going, and it happened again against the Raiders. Hyde only had 25 yards rushing in the first half, but then after a fumble that he recovered on his own, he went to work. Hyde rushed for 58 yards in the second half, including a 20-yard rush after injuries to a key offensive lineman. Hyde carried the offense down into scoring territory for the game-winning touchdown. He continues to be the Texans be running back between the tackles.
2019 Week 9 vs JAX (19 / 160 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The day will be clouded with a 58-yard run that Carlos Hyde was free to score but had the ball punched out inside the five-yard line for a fumble. It was the only mistake, a big one, for Hyde on the day who put up 160 rushing yards on the day. In usual Hyde fashion, the Texans continued to pound the rock with Hyde all game, and he was eating up yards at will. The 58-yard run capped off an impressive 100-yard performance, but it would have been even better if he could have scored the touchdown.
2018 Week 1 vs PIT (22 / 62 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
For the most part, Hyde struggled to get much going on the ground. He spent much of the afternoon getting tackled at or near the line of scrimmage. His best series came when the Browns went extremely run-heavy in the first drive of the third quarter. Hyde ripped off runs of nine, 12, and six yards to power his team down into the red zone. In all, the Browns ran on nine straight plays on that series. Hyde later scored a one-yard touchdown after a Cleveland interception put him in excellent scoring position. Hyde continues to operate as the team's clear lead back on early downs. He lost just three carries to rookie Nick Chubb in the game. Hyde was only targeted twice in the passing game and doesn't appear to be a big part of the team's plans in that phase of the game.
2018 Week 2 vs NO (16 / 43 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Hyde saw a heavy workload early in the game as the Browns ran often to try to keep the ball out of the hands of Drew Brees. Hyde saw 10 of his 16 rushing attempts in the first half, although he mostly struggled to get much going, picking up just 23 yards in the first two quarters. He caught just one pass, a dump-off at the line of scrimmage. He was able to turn that into a seven-yard gain. The Browns went away from the run a bit in the second half, although Hyde was his most productive during that time. The Browns called his number twice at the goal line on their scoring drive in the third quarter. He was stuffed on the first carry but he punched in a touchdown from the one-yard line on the ensuing play. Unlike his days as a 49er, the Browns are not using Hyde as a pass-catcher in their offense, which will limit his weekly upside. He still remains the team's preferred goal line running back.
2018 Week 3 vs NYJ (23 / 98 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hyde turned in his best game as a Cleveland Brown against the Jets in Week 3. The veteran running back got off to a slow start but got going with a nice 21-yard run at the end of the first quarter. He showed excellent vision with a nice cutback and followed his lead blocker for a big gain on the play. The insertion of Baker Mayfield into the starting lineup also served to assist Hyde as the defense had to account for Mayfield's arm, which opened up running lanes for Hyde to exploit. Hyde continues to operate as the team's preferred option at the goal line. On the second drive of the third quarter, Hyde saw a red zone carry on 1st-and-goal at the eight-yard line. He was stuffed on the play. He bounced back on the next possession, ripping off an 11-yard carry and finishing off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. He showed a great second effort on the run to power his way over the goal line. Hyde was not finished there, however, as he came back in the fourth quarter to score again. At first, it appeared he had a 16-yard touchdown run but that was nullified by an illegal block in the back penalty against Jarvis Landry. Hyde wound up getting his touchdown, anyway, as he powered in another one-yard score shortly after the penalty. The presence of Mayfield represents a positive for Hyde and his rest of season outlook.
2018 Week 4 vs OAK (22 / 82 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Browns continued to insist on running Hyde up the middle, especially on early downs. Two of Hyde's first few carries in the first quarter were such runs, which went for little or no gain. Hyde did have a first-quarter run of about ten yards nullified by an offensive holding penalty. He saw plenty of red zone work in this game, as has been the trend through his first four games as a Brown. On the third drive of the first quarter, Hyde saw three red zone carries, ultimately getting the ball down to the two-yard line on his final tote. Hyde did find the end zone in the fourth quarter, getting two consecutive goal line carries. He was stuffed on the first before powering his way into the end zone on the second. That gives Hyde five scores in four games with Cleveland as he has seen plenty of goal line work thus far. With 1:38 left in the game, he was involved in a controversial call with the Browns trying to run out the clock with a 42-34 lead. On third down, Hyde appeared to have a first down but the booth called for a review and the spot was changed, forcing the Browns to punt on fourth down. Hyde continues to hold off rookie Nick Chubb for lead back duties, although Chubb made things interesting with two long touchdown runs in Week 4. For now, Hyde's arrow continues to point up as he should keep seeing frequent red zone opportunities in an up-and-coming offense.
2018 Week 5 vs BAL (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
There were concerns that Carlos Hyde would start to lose carries to rookie Nick Chubb after Week 4, but that was not the case against Baltimore in Week 5. Hyde saw 17 carries to Chubb's three and continues to operate as the team's clear lead back. Hyde caught a short pass and turned it into a nine-yard gain on the first play of the game. He ran hard throughout the contest, breaking tackles and fighting for extra yards. He saw one red zone carry on the second drive of the third quarter but he was stuffed on the play. Hyde isn't catching passes the way he did for San Francisco in 2017 but it is clear that the Browns like to use him when they get into scoring position.
2018 Week 6 vs LAC (14 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Browns continued to use Hyde mostly on rushes up the middle on early downs. It was a slow day for Hyde, who was mostly ignored once the game got away from Cleveland. His best run of the day came in the first quarter and went for 20 yards but the play was nullified by a face mask penalty on one of his teammates. Hyde did get most of the red zone work, as usual, but was unable to find the end zone in this contest. He saw a red zone carry from the Los Angeles 19-yard line and was able to gain five yards. He later got a carry on 1st-and-goal from the Los Angeles one-yard line in the fourth quarter but was stuffed by the defense. Hyde was not targeted in the passing game as the Browns continue to mostly ignore him in that department. His weekly floor remains relatively low in weeks that he doesn't score.
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars gave Hyde a lot of snaps early and tried to feed him before the game script situation could get out of control on them as it has for the past month. He did very little with his work, totaling out with 6 carries for 11 yards. The Eagles defensive line dominated the Jaguars running game, and the Jags abandoned it pretty early once they went down in the second quarter. He was also abysmal in pass protection, being responsible for at least one sack and giving up some other pressures.
2018 Week 11 vs PIT (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In the two games following the addition of Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars' offense, Hyde was sparingly used and ineffective. This changed on Sunday when he received more touches than T.J. Yeldon, and was effective with each of them. Hyde's usage in the second half dwindled because the Jaguars committed to featuring Leonard Fournette, but he was one of the sole reasons the Jaguars scored nine points in the first half. He hit the gaps with burst and aggression and did not go down on first contact on any of his eight carries except for two. He did not make an impact in the passing game, but he provided a 1-2 physical punch with Fournette that the team has been trying to create all season. Expect him to continue to gain touches over the course of the season.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (10 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde mainly got spell duty until the 4th quarter after Fournette was ejected. He will probably get a significant of work next week with Fournette serving a suspension and Cody Kessler making his first start for the Jaguars. He has actually been really good for the Jaguars as a spell RB, even though the acquisition of him came from questionable motives (the GM freaking out with Fournette out and wanting to give Bortles every possible chance to fail).
2018 Week 13 vs IND (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
TJ Yeldon got the start, but the Jaguars tried to run a fair amount of their offense through Hyde. He fumbled on the third play of the game. The dropoff from Leonard Fournette to Hyde was noticeable in this game. They tried mostly slamming him up inside from heavier formations, and the Colts defense stopped it easily.
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Hyde was irrelevant with the Jaguars unable to establish the run or build a lead in this game.
2018 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde was a more efficient player than Fournette in this game. He's noticeably smaller and less powerful, but does more with less and doesn't need the clear run-throughs that Fournette does. As is stands, he will likely be a salary cap casualty this offseason.
2018 Week 17 vs HOU (10 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Carlos Hyde finished the game with 13 yards and a long rush of 5 yards. The Jaguars offensive line is manned by rejects from last years' New York Giants team. Five of his ten carries went for one yard or a loss. Since Hyde was traded for, he currently carries no dead cap for the Jaguars. However, he also carries a cap hit of just $4.75 million next year. If the Jaguars choose to cut ties with Leonard Fournette (more on that later), Hyde will probably be the 2019 starter.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs MIN (26 / 168 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
As many predicted before the season, Hyde was the focal point of San Francisco's offense in Week 1. The 49ers had 73 offensive snaps, Hyde was on the field for 55 of them, and he touched the ball on 28 of those. The size of his role and the quality of his performance were evident from the outset: Hyde had four carries for 28 yards in the 49ers' first six plays. He was also a major part of their 10-play scoring drive in the second quarter, carrying the ball six times for 38 yards and the touchdown that capped it off. Hyde's first touchdown run perfectly illustrated two skills that showed up throughout the game (including his second touchdown run): agility and acceleration. The play was designed to go right, but the Vikings filled their gaps, so Hyde stopped on a dime, cut back left, spun backside defensive end Everson Griffin out of his cleats, and accelerated away from the rest of the Vikings defense. The ability to cut back and accelerate are necessities in a zone-blocking run scheme like that of San Francisco, so it's no surprise that Hyde was able to find success over and over doing just that. His other primary skill is power, and that manifested itself too, as indicated by the fact that 86 of his 168 yards came after initial contact. From a fantasy perspective, if there's anything negative to take away from Hyde's performance, it's that he was barely used as a receiver: He ran a route on 17 of his 55 snaps, but was only targeted twice. This could have been a function of the game plan or the game script, so perhaps his role as a receiver will increase in Week 2, what with a potential shootout looming against Pittsburgh and Reggie Bush possibly missing (or being limited in) the game.
2015 Week 2 vs PIT (13 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Because of the likely game script going into the game, Hyde wasn't going to be as productive against the Steelers as he was against the Vikings, but Pittsburgh's defensive game plan made sure that he wouldn't even come close. Before leaving for good midway through the third quarter, Hyde had few open running lanes to the play side and even fewer of the cut-back lanes that fueled his gaudy stats in Week 1. The result: His typical carry went for only three yards, and four of his 14 carries went for zero or negative yardage. Further to the point, Hyde's longest carry, which went for 10 yards, came on a zone-blocked cut back, and his second longest (9 yards) came the only time a clear play-side lane opened up. All of that said, signs point to this not being a harbinger of bad things to come for Hyde owners. Once again, the 49ers started the game with multiple Hyde carries. When San Francisco went down 16-3, they started the ensuing drive with two Hyde carries. When they went down 29-3 near the end of the second quarter, Hyde got a carry on the first play of the ensuing two-minute drive. In other words, San Francisco seems content to continue giving Hyde carries even when they're down big. Also, we saw for the first time that they're willing to involve him as a receiver once the game does get out of reach, which means his fantasy floor is insulated against a disaster. Ten points in a week where he misses 1.5 quarters and the game script goes completely against him actually isn't that bad.
2015 Week 3 vs ARI (15 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
In this week's installment of "The Broken Record," Hyde's fantasy impact was nullified by the scoreboard and by the opposing defense making a concerted effort to close off his cut-back lanes. He got a carry on San Francisco's first two offensive snaps. Their first play after going down 14-0 was a Hyde carry. Their first play (and first three of four) down 21-0 was a Hyde carry. Their first two plays down 28-0 were Hyde carries. Their first two plays down 38-7 were Hyde carries. With a game script so heavily tilted towards passing so early on, the fact that Hyde ended up with 15 carries tells you all you need to know about how committed coaches are to giving him the ball.
2015 Week 4 vs GB (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Once again, Hyde displayed all the skills of an elite running talent: acceleration, agility, and vision. Once again, none of it mattered because (a) Opposing defenses do not respect the 49ers passing attack whatsoever; (b) San Francisco telegraphs when they're going to hand off to Hyde; and (c) The coaching staff's situational play-calling leaves much to be desired. In past weeks, the 49ers kept running despite being down 3 or more scores in the first half. This week, despite only being down 7-0, Hyde only had 1 carry (for 7 yards) in San Francisco's 9 first-quarter plays. That was remedied early in the second quarter, with Hyde increasing his totals to 4 carries for 20 yards at the 10:27 mark. In the final 40 minutes of game time, again despite being down two scores or less, Hyde only had 4 more carries (for 0 yards). And if that's not bad enough, he was invisible as a receiver with Reggie Bush back in the lineup.
2015 Week 5 vs NYG (21 / 93 / 1 rush, 5 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
It should come as no surprise that Hyde had his best fantasy scoring output since Week 1 because it was the first time since then that the 49ers weren't losing by two-plus scores in the second half. In these special circumstances, Hyde's able to spread his immense talent over more touches, and those touches come against a defense that isn't loaded up to stop the run. The result is a steady stream of 5-to-10 yard runs and highlight reel plays. On one such play, Hyde turned a 6-yard loss into a 4-yard gain. On another, Hyde earned four more yards by running over lineback Jon Beason, a collision that ultimately ended Beason's night.
2015 Week 6 vs BAL (21 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hyde's lack of fantasy production despite 23 touches was due to a couple of factors. First, early in the third quarter, he reaggravated a foot injury that kept him limited in practice all week. Second, and more importantly, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst hardly called any of Hyde's bread-and-butter running play: the outside zone. Hyde is as tough an inside runner as anyone, but it's the outside zone where he runs for his biggest chunks of yardage. Fourteen of his 21 carries went between the tackles, seven went behind the tackle, and only two went outside the tackles.
2015 Week 7 vs SEA (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde continues to be the quintessential "outside the box score" player. Because he plays on a bad team, his stat line ends up unspectacular, but his talent is undeniable when one watches the tape. This game was no different. He ran hard, decisively, and with an economy of motion, even if his blocking meant the play only had a hope of gaining a couple of yards. His only miscue was an ill-timed fumble on San Francisco's first drive of the second half. The 49ers recovered, but it turned a likely first down into a punting situation. Still, fumbles happen, so it shouldn't detract from the reality that Hyde has all the appearances of a great talent suffering on an awful team -- kind of like what his predecessor went through early in his career.
2014 Week 1 vs DAL (7 / 50 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde flashed in his first NFL game, showing explosive speed and good leg drive. He looked like a quicker Gore clone when he burst through the hole on his first carry and delivered the hit at the end of his 13 yard run. On his second carry he quickly hit the hole on a read option and finished the run in the end zone for a four yard touchdown. Like Gore, Hyde finished well in the fourth quarter, including a 15 yard run that included a stiff arm and another broken tackle. Hyde also showed well in pass protection when given the chance.
2014 Week 2 vs CHI (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hyde saw little action and even less success in this one. He was stuffed at the line on all four carries and only caught one pass for five yards. Hyde also had a bad drop on a target in the flats.
2014 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 13 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / -2 / 0 rec)
Hyde only saw three carries in the game but he was very impressive on his first two. On the first he made a nice jump cut to pick up 4 and move the team inside the 10. On the very next play he took a toss left and followed good blocking before trucking a corner at the goal line for his second touchdown of the year. Hyde only saw the ball three more times in the game, but those two carries were enough to keep people excited about him.
2014 Week 4 vs PHI (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Most of Hyde's carries came on inside runs and he was often met in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. It was rare that one man took him down, but rarer that he had a lane to run through. He made a nice cutback and a spin more for a 6 yard gain on his first carry and broke 3 tackles on a 3 yard carry in the 4th quarter. Hyde's energy and leg drive were good; he just didn't have the holes. He again saw action in the red zone, but never close enough to expect a score.
2014 Week 5 vs KC (10 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde received a career high tying 10 carries, and while he did not wow, he also did not disappoint. Hyde got north and south quickly, and frequently ran over would be Chiefs tacklers showing an impressive ability to run through contact. Hyde is surprisingly agile for a 230 pound running back, but obviously does not possess the lateral agility and elusiveness which Gore has. Still, this marks the second week in a row in which Hyde has received double digit carries. Hyde's ability to be a standalone starter as a bye week or injury fill-in may not be as far off as many anticipate.
2014 Week 6 vs STL (11 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Hyde was stuffed three straight times from inside the two and was generally bottled up all day long. When he did get a little bit of space he flashed his hard-nosed running style, running through an arm tackle for a gain of 7. There was very little room for either of the backs in this one, but Hyde's lack of success in the red zone could mean a chance for Gore next week.
2014 Week 7 vs DEN (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
- Hyde didn't even see a touch until the game was 42-10 late in the 3rd quarter. On his very first carry he burst up the middle on an inside draw for 10 yards and a first down. Hyde also took a swing pass and ran over a defender for a 7 yard gain.
2014 Week 9 vs STL (2 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hyde only had two carries, but was impressive on both. He had a nice cutback to pick up four yards on his first carry. On his second he bounced an inside run outside and flashed his speed to get the edge and pick up 13 yards.
2014 Week 10 vs NO (4 / 36 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde only saw 4 carries in the game, but he made the most of them. His first carry was a toss left that Hyde took 9 yards into the end zone for the score. He made a perfectly timed cut then ran through two arm tackles on his way to the end zone. He illustrated why he's struggling to see the field later in the game, missing a pickup in pass protection which led to a sack. Hyde's number was called again in overtime and he ripped off consecutive runs of 15 and 9 yards. Both runs were very well blocked and Hyde didn't waste any time hitting the hole.
2014 Week 11 vs NYG (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hyde had early success, picking up 12 yards on 2 carries on the team's first drive. The first run was a toss right that picked up 5. Later in the drive he ran through an arm tackle for a 7 yard gain off left tackle. Hyde was contained after that and struggled on the inside runs that Gore is so good at.
2014 Week 12 vs WAS (7 / 16 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde fumbled on his second carry of the game, but continued to receive carries after that. The fumble came as he was hit at the line of scrimmage and the ball squirted out and into the air. Hyde's best run came in the 4th quarter. He was hit twice in the backfield, sidestepped another tackler and then gained 5 yards on the play. Two plays later he took the ball straight up the middle, bounced off a tackler and into the end zone. The 49ers turned to Hyde to run out the clock, but the rookie was unable to pick up a first down with three carries in a row.
2014 Week 13 vs SEA (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Hyde looked like he was running too upright early in the game and had no chance of picking up the hard-fought yards Gore was getting. His first real success came at the start of the second quarter on a 16 yard reception. He did a good job keeping his route alive while Kaepernick scrambled and the danced away from a tackler on 16 yard gain. Midway through the 3rd quarter Hyde ran through 2 arm tackles on a hard-nosed run up the middle for 12 yards. Hyde had a pair of catches that totaled 22 yards on the game's final meaningless drive which resulted in him leading the team in receiving.
2014 Week 14 vs OAK (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Hyde only saw three touches in the game as the 49ers struggled to stick with the running game despite its success. He also had a red zone reception and broke one tackle but was then forced out of bounds 2 yards shy of a touchdown.
2014 Week 15 vs SEA (6 / 55 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hyde started off in a big way with a 28 yard gain on his first touch. On the 3rd and 5 play he squirted through the line, ran through an arm tackle, then flashed his burst to finish off the run. Hyde picked up 17 yard on his next 2 carries with well-timed cuts and a noticeable edge about him. Hyde was injured in the second half when he was bent back over his own knee. It was initially reported as an ankle injury and he did not return.