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) will be joined by Jerick McKinnon (knee) in the San Francisco backfield for 2019, Joe Fann of the team's official website 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 in the works. He'll likely return to health long before McKinnon, now benefiting from 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 battered 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.
Brieda (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game versus the Bears.
Such has been Brieda's fate on other occasions this season, but this one comes in the midst of fantasy championship pursuits. He'll leave Week 16 with four carries for 20 yards and one reception (on one target) for six yards. Jeff Wilson will man the 49ers backfield for the rest of this contest and perhaps in the season finale if Breida's aggravation is serious enough.
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||105||465||4.4||33||2||2||22|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||14||13||153||814||5.3||66||3||10||36|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||21||180||8.6||32||1||2||0||9|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||14||13||27||261||9.7||26||2||5||0||12|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||5||83||16.6||28||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||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||14||1||1||0||2||0||0||2||0|