Carlos Hyde in Position to Assert Himself as One of NFL’s Top Backs in 2016

September 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After his showing against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, you can make the case that San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is one of the breakout players from Week 1's action.
The third-year running back out of Ohio State posted 88 rushing yards, good for seventh league-wide, and two rushing touchdowns, tied for the NFL lead.
When you look at how he was able to produce like he did, though, it's even more surprising than his raw statistics.
Last year, Hyde was a popular fantasy football back, and after rushing for 168 yards in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, many thought they had struck gold. Unfortunately, Hyde cracked over 55 rushing yards just once after Week 1 as teams forced the 49ers to throw the ball, their offensive weakness.
Hyde eventually went on injured reserve after missing five straight games due to a stress fracture in his foot.
At least against the Rams, it looked like San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly was able ...

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