Carlos Hyde has come close to becoming a Fantasy superstar in the past - can it happen now with the Chiefs? He showed some signs of slowing down last year, averaging below 3.5 yards per rush with the Browns before bottoming out with the Jaguars. But Hyde is among the league's most underrated grinders with a nose for the end zone (five touchdowns in six games with the Browns; 29 total touchdowns in 64 career games) and solid ability to block and help in the passing game. If he gets the opportunity to be the lead back in Kansas City, Hyde should flirt with career-high averages because Andy Reid's offenses tend to create productive Fantasy running backs. Standing in his way is 2018 revelation Damien Williams, who figures to open the season as the Chiefs' starter. If you're drafting Hyde to handcuff Williams, plan on grabbing him in Round 7. If you're speculating on a running back in a situation with sky-high upside, Hyde should be yours by the end of Round 8.
Hyde has lined up with Damien Williams in the backfield on occasion during minicamp and has been frequently used as a receiver, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. With Williams already being named the team's starting running back to open 2019, Hyde will have to settle for the top backup role, at best. Although he's new to the squad, Hyde's experience likely means he will face less of a learning curve than rookie Darwin Thompson. The veteran thus looks like the early favorite to slot in as the No. 2 back and could see a healthy dose of targets if he continues to show reliable hands through training camp and the preseason. Hyde is only two seasons removed from a 2017 campaign in which he racked up 59 receptions as a member of the 49ers.
Hyde signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the one-year deal will come in just under $3 million. Hyde is expected to back up Damien Williams, who came on strong for the Chiefs following the release of Kareem Hunt, ultimately earning a two-year $5.1 million extension towards the end of December. Williams is by far the more proficient receiving back of the two, but there's a real possibility Hyde could ultimately receive the lion's share of the goal line carries, which would severely hamper the incumbent's projected touchdown totals. The Chiefs might not be done adding depth to the position either, given the nature of Hyde's short-term contract, so speculation regarding the playing time of the two backs at this point is probably premature.
The Jaguars are releasing Hyde on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. The Jags were hoping to find a trade but never had much chance unless Hyde agreed to a pay cut beforehand. The 27-year-old running back will be an unrestricted free agent, coming off a 2018 campaign in which he produced a career-low 3.3 yards per carry across six games for the Browns and eight for the Jaguars. Most of the teams interested in Hyde figure to view him as a committee back or even an outright backup.
The Jaguars are actively looking to trade Hyde, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It's not really a surprise to see Hyde's name discussed in trade rumors considering the former Browns running back only registered 189 rushing yards and a ghastly 3.3 yards per carry with the Jaguars after being acquired near the trade deadline. Hyde at least posed some value for the team with the likes of TJ Yeldon and Leonard Fournette suffering from injuries, and in the case of the latter name, malcontent, throughout much of the season, but it appears as if executive vice president Tom Coughlin has largely moved past those issues, which further hinders Hyde's prospects at a second campaign with the team. An untenable contract which will see Hyde make just under $10 million over the next two years could hinder his potential trade market, however, so there's a possibility the Jaguars may simply have to cut the veteran running back if they are unable to move him.
Hyde rushed for 13 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for six total yards during Sunday's 20-3 loss to Houston. The talk in Jacksonville after the game was the disinterested look on Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon's faces on the sideline, calling into question their futures with the team. Hyde's isn't much clearer. Cutting Hyde in the offseason comes with cap penalty for the Jaguars. While the veteran has had some nice games since being traded from Cleveland, his 3.3 yards per carry for the Jaguars to go with no touchdowns and a fumble likely doesn't make him worth his $4.75 million cap hit if he were to stay on the roster.
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