49ers Find Silver Lining with Emerging Play of RB Carlos Hyde

December 16, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Francisco 49ers are out of the playoff hunt, and there are pressing questions surrounding their roster after this season's closure. 
But one of the budding bright spots emerging from this season is rookie running back Carlos Hyde.
The 57th overall pick has largely been shadowed by the veteran presence and ability of running back Frank Gore. Yet with Gore's future uncertain, signs point to the promising rookie becoming the featured back of San Francisco's offense in 2015 and beyond.
Hyde enjoyed an increased role in San Francisco's Week 15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Before an ankle injury sidelined him in the second half, Hyde ripped off a number of substantial gains against one of the top rushing defenses in the NFL.
His 9.17 yards-per-carry average during the contest was the highest in any game from his young pro career.
A strong running game has long been a forte of the 49ers offense. But with the 31-year-old Gore a free agent in th...

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