Hyde, who signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Friday, had surgery on his shoulder in February, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, Michael Silver of NFL.com reports. It's obvious the Seahawks were aware of the surgery before ultimately signing Hyde on Friday, but it might explain why the Ohio State product took so long to find a home this offseason despite rushing for a career-high 1,070 yards with the Texans last season. Expect the 2014 second-round pick to compete with Rashaad Penny (knee) for leftover opportunities behind nominal starter Chris Carson (hip).
Hyde will sign a one-year contract with the Seahawks. Hyde wound up with full-time duties in Houston last year and turned in one of the better seasons of his career, rushing 245 times for 1,070 yards (4.4 YPC) and six touchdowns. He won't have the same role with the Seahawks, which also have Chris Carson (hip), Rashaad Penny (ACL), Travis Homer and rookie DeeJay Dallas in their running back room. Penny could start the season on the PUP list, which would potentially enable Hyde to carve out a complementary role to Carson.
The Eagles are interested in signing Hyde, according to Adam Caplan on his Inside the Birds podcast. The Eagles didn't add any draft picks to their backfield, opting for Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield and a pair of undrafted rookies behind 2019 contributors Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. The 29-year-old Hyde could challenge for early down snaps and short-yardage/goal-line carries, potentially damaging Sanders' fantasy value. Hyde ran for 1,070 yards in Houston last season, but he added only 10 catches for 42 yards and coughed up four fumbles along the way.
Hyde is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next week after declining an offer from the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hyde signed a deal with the Chiefs last offseason, only to be dealt to the Texans at the end of the preseason after having lost the battle for running back slotting behind starter Damien Williams. Once in a Houston backfield without Lamar Miller (knee), Hyde paced the team with career highs in carries (245) and rushing yards (1,070), but predictably, he didn't make much of an impact as a receiver, hauling in 10 of 16 targets over the course of 16 games. Hyde seemingly has decided to test the market for his services, and his landing spot ultimately will determine his value.
Hyde ran for 44 yards on 13 carries and caught three of four targets for 18 receiving yards during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs. The 6-foot, 229-pound bulldozer wrapped up his 2019 postseason with just 3.2 yards per carry, after establishing the second-best yards-per-rush rate of his career during the regular season (4.4). He characteristically remained a peripheral contributor in Houston's passing attack during the playoffs with five total targets, but he was bailed out somewhat in the wild-card round by hauling in a five-yard TD pass from Deshaun Watson. Sunday, he was held out of the end zone for just the second time since Week 14, as Houston managed only 10 points over the final 40 minutes of regulation against a resurgent Kansas City defense. The 29-year-old back is set to become a free agent this offseason, but he may be brought back if the coaching staff believes he can remain a viable contributor despite having six years of NFL tread on his tires.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/21||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|8||11/01||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|10||11/15||@Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|13||12/06||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|14||12/13||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|16||12/27||Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|17||01/03||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|3 Year Avg||219||860||6||26||142||0||134|