Carlos Hyde plays majority of snaps with first-team offense
- San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde played 21-of-24 snaps with the first team offense in the team’s second preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Hyde also saw four of five third down snaps, and seems likely to be an every-down back in his new offense.
- Hyde played a career-high 535 snaps in 2016, and ended the season ranked 31st of 61 running backs with a PFF grade of 73.2. He accounted for 62.2 percent of the 49ers rush attempts, and led the team in both yards per carry (4.6) and yards after contact per attempt (3.1).
- Hyde was one of the most elusive backs in football in 2016, and forced 37 missed tackles on 217 rush attempts. He ended the season with an elusive rating (the PFF metric that uses missed tackle rate and yards gained after contact to measure a runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers) of 50.0, which ranked ninth of 25 qualifying running backs.
- After offseason rumors that Hyde could be a surprise roster cut, he seems to have won over his coaches enough to see first team action, however, he has room for improvement in Kyle Shanahan’s zone running scheme. In his two preseason games this season, Hyde has logged 10 zone running attempts, and is ranked last among 49ers running backs in both yards per attempt (2.6) and yards after contact per attempt (1.60).