San Francisco 49ers: What Can We Expect from Carlos Hyde in Year 2?

June 30, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When I published a list of stat projections for players on the San Francisco 49ers Monday, the most optimistic prediction was easily the one for Carlos Hyde. The second-year player could top 1,000 yards on only 200 carries, boosting his yards per carry attempt up to 5.0.  That would have placed him fifth in the NFL among running backs last season, behind only Justin Forsett, Lamar Miller, Jeremy Hill and Jamaal Charles.  It would also be only the 18th time a San Francisco 49er has topped the 5.0 yards per carry mark, and the first since Frank Gore in 2006.
This is obviously a very optimistic prediction, and it would represent a significant jump from Hyde’s 2014 stats.  Hyde carried the ball just 83 times last season for 333 yards, ending up with only 4.0 yards per attempt.  To hit the mark I have pegged for him, Hyde would have to be a yard-per-carry more effective while more than doubling his workload.  That’s a little nuts.

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