Hurd (back) has been medically cleared and resumed running this offseason, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hurd missed all but two preseason games during his rookie campaign with a stress fracture in his lower back. The 2019 third-round pick put his red-zone abilities on display with two touchdown grabs from inside the 20 in his first exhibition action last year. Standing at 6-foot-4, Hurd is easily San Francisco's tallest receiver, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him used when the offense gets closer to the end zone. The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Marquise Goodwin this offseason, and its only significant additions were two rookies via the draft, so there is an opportunity for the unproven Hurd to carve out a role behind Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne whenever the 2020 season gets rolling.
General manager John Lynch is optimistic Hurd (back) will be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "For [Hurd's back] to completely heal, it happens on different timelines," Lynch said Tuesday. "We found that [Hurd's] has been stubborn. We think he's been nearing towards a much better place where he'll be cleared for all activities." A mid-February report suggested Hurd had already made a full recovery from the stress fracture in his back, but Lynch sung a different tune when he spoke to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. A 2019 third-round pick, Hurd made some noise in the preseason opener with a pair of touchdowns but ended up missing the entire regular season. He may get a chance to compete for a starting job in 2020, especially if Emmanuel Sanders signs with a new team.
Hurd has made a full recovery from the back injury that sidelined him for his entire rookie season, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The third-round pick should be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program in April after failing to see any action in 2019 upon suffering the injury in the preseason. With Emmanuel Sanders scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, it isn't out of the question for Hurd to compete for a starting job at receiver, though a backup role seems more likely. Listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Hurd played running back for most of his college career and has been discussed as a potential tight end, but the Niners seem to view him as an oversized wide receiver.
Hurd (back) didn't play in 2019. Hurd missed the first month, but the team was optimistic he'd shake off his back injury. However, the rookie third-round pick was placed on IR on Oct. 3, and he was never activated. The 49ers clearly thought a lot of Hurd's potential, but they rode the coattails of versatile rookie wideout Deebo Samuel this year. Emmanuel Sanders will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and even if he's re-signed, Hurd should have a chance to battle Kendrick Bourne for a starting role in 2020.
Hurd (back) is a long shot to play this season, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Hurd's rookie campaign has been plagued by a stress fracture in his lower back, which has spurred coach Kyle Shanahan to waffle a few times on his potential to suit up. A third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Hurd has six more chances in the regular season to return to full health and get the blessing of the 49ers' medical staff.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|6||10/19||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|7||10/25||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|10||11/15||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|12||11/29||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|