Veteran back Alfred Morris only outpaced Breida by one carry, although the latter's 4.6 yards per carry were much more efficient than his teammate's 3.2 figure. All eyes will be on the division of labor in the San Francisco backfield during the early portion of the season in the wake of Jerick McKinnon's season-ending knee injury, and it remains to be seen if Sunday's results prove to be the norm over the long term. Breida will look to build on his Week 1 performance against the Lions in Week 2.
Breida is listed as the top running back on San Francisco's depth chart for Week 1 in Minnesota.
With Jerick McKinnon (knee) out for the season, Breida will serve as the finesse/pass-catching option in a timeshare with veteran power back Alfred Morris, who currently is listed as the second-stringer. Despite their respective positions on the depth chart, it won't come as any surprise if Morris technically gets the Week 1 start, given that his skill set is conducive to early downs. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area expects coach Kyle Shanahan to adjust his running back usage on a week-to-week basis, with workload likely depending on the matchup and game flow. Week 1 seems to favor Breida over Morris, as the Niners are road underdogs against a Minnesota defense that allowed just 83.6 rushing yards per game (and 3.7 per carry) last season. Breida seems to have made a full recovery from his preseason shoulder injury, gaining medical clearance this past weekend.
Breida's role is expected to increase after Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL during Saturday's workout, Matt Barrows of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
On the same day that Breida gained medical clearance from a separated shoulder suffered early in the preseason, the 49ers took a massive hit to their backfield depth. Breida likely is more suited for a change-of-pace role due to Alfred Morris' lack of pass-catching chops. However, Breida proved himself effective on the ground as an undrafted rookie last year, tallying 4.4 yards per carry on his 105 rushes.
Breida (shoulder) will miss the rest of the preseason games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Luckily for Breida, the MRI showed no structural damage to his separated shoulder, which may allow him to suit up in Week 1 against the Vikings. However, the additional preseason work would've benefited Breida as he challenges dual-threat RB Jerick McKinnon for the top spot in the 49ers' backfield.
The initial reports on Breida's shoulder issue seemed promising, as he was the only one of the 49ers' newly injured players who didn't exit for the locker room during Thursday's 24-21 preseason win over the Cowboys. However, coach Kyle Shanahan didn't sound so optimistic after the game, noting that he expects both Breida and TE George Kittle (shoulder) to "miss some time". With Breida expected to serve as the team's No. 2 running back, his upcoming absence should lead to more opportunities for Joe Williams and Jeremy McNichols.
|3||9/23/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|6||10/15/18||@ GB||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||105||465||4.4||33||2||2||22|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||1||22||184||8.4||66||1||3||6|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||21||180||8.6||32||1||2||0||9|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||1||4||26||6.5||9||0||0||0||2|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||5||83||16.6||28||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|