49ers' Carlos Hyde: Looking forward to competition

Hyde (knee) believes the 49ers' competition at running back will ultimately benefit him this season, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Hyde is entering the final year of his rookie contract after rushing for a career-best 988 yards and six touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry and catching 27 passes for 163 yards and three more scores in 2016. Despite that success, however, Hyde's production was cut short a bit by him missing three games due to shoulder and knee problems. While he's expected to recover from his season-ending torn MCL in time for training camp, Hyde will need to get acclimated to new coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme quickly while fending off competition from offseason additions Tim Hightower, Joe Williams and Kapri Bibbs. Hyde seems to be motivated by that situation though, especially after Shanahan utilized both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman so effectively in Atlanta last season.

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