The 49ers told Breida that he, Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon (knee) will all have significant roles in the 2019 offense, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "They've said, 'Hey, we're going to use all you guys,'" Breida said. "All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don't want to give away any secrets, but we're all going to be used." The signing of Coleman seemed a bit odd with McKinnon coming back from a torn ACL and Breida coming off a season with 5.3 yards per carry. Coach Kyle Shanahan does tend to create a lot of touches for his running backs, and none of the bunch has ever handled a workhorse role for more than a few weeks at a time. Breida also noted that the ankle injury he played through last season didn't really affect his straight-line speed but had a major impact on his cutting ability. He missed two games and was listed as questionable for six others, yet still finished fourth in YPC and eighth among RBs with 9.7 yards per reception (20-catch min.). Breida doesn't sound concerned about the troublesome ankle impacting his preparation for 2019.
The 49ers signed Tevin Coleman to join Breida (ankle) and Jerrick McKinnon (knee) in the backfield, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It's a bit odd for the 49ers to invest in another B-level running back, considering Breida was excellent in 2018 and McKinnon is entering the second season of a four-year, $30 million contract. To be fair, none of the three running backs has a track record of holding up to a workhorse role, so there's a decent case to be made for throwing numbers at the position. Breida's 2018 mark of 5.3 yards per carry would seem to give him a strong argument for first crack at the lead job, but there's no guarantee it plays out that way this spring/summer. He appears to have avoided offseason surgery for the ankle injury that lingered throughout last season.
Breida (ankle) is expected to face more competition out of the backfield in 2019 with Jerick McKinnon (knee) returning from injury, Joe Fann of the 49ers' official site reports. Breida was expected to handle the smaller portion of a timeshare before McKinnon suffered a torn ACL eight days before the start of the regular season. The second-year pro responded with a monstrously efficient campaign, averaging 5.3 yards on 153 carries and 9.7 yards on 27 catches (31 targets) despite playing through an ankle sprain for most of the year. Breida finally landed on injured reserve for Week 17, but there hasn't been any report of offseason surgery being in the works. He'll likely return to health long before McKinnon and have the benefit of two seasons of experience under coach Kyle Shanahan. The San Francisco backfield will require close monitoring throughout the offseason and into training camp, as the team presumably hopes to carve out major roles for both Breida and McKinnon, assuming the latter makes a full recovery.
Breida (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The 49ers declared Breida out for the season finale early in the week, so this move is just to add some healthy bodies for Sunday. The 23-year-old was injured throughout much of the season and will leave Jeff Wilson and Alfred Morris to handle backfield duties Week 17.
Breida (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Rams, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Breida has expended enough stress on his lingering ankle injury for the 49ers to shut down their starting running back for the final contest of the season. Despite missing two full games and parts of others, he'll finish his second campaign with 153 carries for 854 yards (5.3 YPC) and three touchdowns to go with 27 receptions (on 31 targets) for 261 yards and two TDs. While Jeff Wilson and potentially Alfred Morris will populate the backfield Week 17, some combination of Breida and Jerick McKinnon (torn ACL) are slated to be the 49ers' top running back options in 2019.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|6||10/13||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|14||12/08||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||129||640||2||24||220||2||110|