Draughn ran 12 times for 37 yards and caught eight of 11 targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 29-13 loss at Seattle. Draughn had a career-high 58 rushing yards in San Francisco's Week 9 win over the Falcons, but he found less room to operate Sunday. He did easily lead the team in touches, however, as no other running back carried the ball. Expect Draughn to continue to see a decent amount of work in the 49ers' backfield until Carlos Hyde (foot) is able to return, and next up will be the Cardinals in Week 12.
Draughn will be the 49ers' starting running back Sunday in Seattle, Taylor Price of the 49ers' official site reports. Draughn is receiving his second nod in a row for the inactive Carlos Hyde, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Even if he receives the bulk of the carries, Draughn may not have the most fruitful outing against a Seahawks defense that has contained running backs to 3.6 YPC and three touchdowns in 2015.
Draughn figures to get a second consecutive start in Sunday's game against the Seahawks, the 49ers' official website reports. Carlos Hyde (foot) won't even travel to Seattle and doesn't seem like a good bet to return for Week 12. Though far from spectacular in the talent department, Draughn did prove capable in Week 9 against the Falcons, picking up 58 yards on 16 carries and 38 yards on four reception. Kendall Gaskins may also get some carries, and Travaris Cadet could handle some passing-down work, but Draughn is the clear top choice in San Francisco's backfield. Granted, the 49ers are heavy underdogs in a matchup with one of the league's better defensive teams.
Draughn rushed for 58 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's win over Atlanta. He added four catches off of five targets for 38 yards. More than half of Draughn's rushing yards came on a 30-yard draw in which he slipped off of a tackler and rumbled up field. Sunday represented a career high in both yardage and touches for Draughn and there may be plenty more where that came from with Mike Davis placed on injured reserve with a designation to return and Carlos Hyde hobbled with a fractured foot.
The 49ers will use some combination of Draughn, Kendall Gaskins and Pierre Thomas at running back in Sunday's game against the Falcons, CSN Bay Area reports. The 49ers haven't provided any indication as to which player might start, but Gaskins may have the upper hand because of his time spent in the organization. Draughn and Thomas obviously have more experience, but both players were just recently signed to replace Carlos Hyde (foot) and Mike Davis (hand). Draughn probably has the lowest ceiling of the bunch, as Thomas is the favorite for passing-down work and Gaskins is the favorite to receive goal-line carries.
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