San Francisco GM John Lynch hinted that he isn't sure if Hyde (knee) will be a good fit in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. "You have these thoughts as to 'do these skills translate to what we do?'" Lynch said. "[Hyde's] a very talented young man. We are very excited and hopeful, just in the interactions that we've had, that he's come ready to play." Lynch doesn't sound committed one way or the other, which suggests he at least wants to see how Hyde looks in the Niners' new offense during the team's offseason program and into training camp. Hyde's presence on the roster seemingly won't prevent the team from taking a long look at running backs in the early rounds of the upcoming draft, and the 49ers might even consider dealing Hyde to bolster their stockpile of selections. The 26-year-old had 76 rushing yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry last season while playing in an otherwise hopeless San Francisco offense, but he missed two games with a shoulder injury and sat out Week 17 with a sprained MCL, bringing his total to 14 missed games in three NFL seasons. Hyde recently resumed running and cutting, though not at full speed, and he should be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
Hyde (knee - MCL) has resumed running and cutting, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. "I'm back to running. I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I'm making improvement," Hyde elaborated. Hyde finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve after suffering a torn MCL in his left knee during the Niners' second-to-last game of the season. While his comments suggest he still has progress to make before receiving clearance to partake in football activities, there hasn't been anything to suggest he's at risk of not being ready for the start of training camp in July.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Hyde (knee) likely will continue in his role as the team's lead runner heading into the 2017 season, the San Jose Mercury News reports. "Right now I see Carlos as being our back," said Shanahan. "We studied a lot of the guys on tape. He's the guy that's got the most." After battling a foot injury throughout much of the 2016 season, Hyde suffered a season-ending MCL sprain in Week 16, finishing the year with 988 rushing yards on 217 carries (4.6) in 13 games as the centerpiece of a decrepit 49ers offense. Despite playing in just 34 of a possible 48 games through three seasons, Hyde has shown enough when healthy to spark discussion about an extension as he prepares for the final year of his rookie contract. His knee and foot should both be healthy long before training camp, which is good news for a San Francisco team that otherwise lacks talent in the backfield. Hyde could also benefit from playing under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, who spent last season directing a powerful, balanced offense in Atlanta.
The 49ers placed Hyde (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday. The 49ers moved on from long-time starting running back Frank Gore after the 2014 season with the hope they had another iron man in house. Instead, Hyde has been anything but a model of health, suiting up in 20 of a possible 32 games. In the middle of the current campaign, he was deemed inactive two times due to a right shoulder injury. Now, a sprained MCL is the impetus for his third DNP. While Hyde will wrap up the year with career highs across the board -- 217 carries for 988 yards and six touchdowns, 27 receptions (on 33 targets) for 163 yards and three more scores -- head coach Chip Kelly is expected to turn to Shaun Draughn to power the ground attack in the season finale.
Per coach Chip Kelly, a sprained MCL will sideline Hyde Sunday against the Seahawks. On the plus side, Hyde's injury won't require surgery and the running back will have ample time to recover in advance of the 2017 season. Hyde, who has one more year left on his deal with the 49ers, thus finishes the current campaign with 217 carries for 988 yards and six TDs in 13 games, to go along with 27 catches for 163 yards and three more scores. In his absence Sunday, look for Shaun Draughn to head the 49ers' rushing attack against Seattle.
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