The 49ers selected Utah RB Joe Williams in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Williams has red flag character concerns in his past — he was suspended at UConn for credit card theft in 2013 and quit abruptly while with Utah in 2016. He returned to the Utes after 1 month after the team endured backfield injuries. On the field, Williams will need to improve his ball security and prove that he can threaten defenses out of the backfield. But he’s an impressive athlete from both a speed and agility perspective. The 23-year-old really displayed his talent this past season vs. UCLA, ripping off 332 yards on 29 carries. Now in San Francisco, he'll compete with Tim Hightower and others for a reserve role behind Carlos Hyde. Note that Hyde is entering a contract year.
49ers GM John Lynch suggested that the team isn't sure RB Carlos Hyde is a good fit for new HC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. “You have these thoughts as to ‘Do these skills translate to what we do?’” Lynch said. That came in a response to a report from insider Tony Pauline that the 'Niners are "ready to give up" on Hyde. That seems much too strong -- Lynch added that he's "really high" on Hyde and thinks he can be a "highly productive player." San Francisco only added journeyman Tim Hightower in free agency. We'll see what they do in the draft. Our money is still on Hyde operating as the 49ers' lead back -- at least in 2017, the final year of his current deal.
The 49ers on Saturday agreed to terms with RB Tim Hightower. The veteran joins Mike Davis, Raheem Mostert and DuJuan Harris -- who re-signed earlier this week -- behind starter Carlos Hyde. If you're looking for a Hyde handcuff, Hightower looks like the current best bet. He carried 229 times and caught 34 passes as New Orleans' #2 back over the past 2 seasons. We'll see what the new coaching staff thinks of Davis and whether the Niners add another RB in the NFL Draft.
To the surprise of no one, the 49ers on Monday officially named Kyle Shanahan their new HC. Shanahan, of course, remained Atlanta's OC until their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, but his move had been rumored for the past few weeks. It also seems like a natural ascension for the son of longtime NFL HC Mike Shanahan who served as OC under Gary Kubiak back in Houston before filling the same role under his father in Washington and then with Cleveland and the Falcons. Kyle Shanahan's 2016 Atlanta offense led the league in scoring by 4.4 points per game and yards per play (6.7) while also tying for the league's fewest turnovers. The Falcons ranked 7th in yards but just 21st in scoring in 2015. Overall, 6 of the 9 offenses Shanahan has coordinated finished 9th or higher in total pass attempts. Just 2 finished higher than 12th in rushing attempts. We'll see how his Niners offense shapes up. The surest thing looks like RB Carlos Hyde. The starting QB might not even be on the roster yet. Colin Kaepernick's likely to get cut, as he faces a $19.3 million cap number, including a $14.5 million salary that becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster April 1. Blaine Gabbert's headed for unrestricted free agency.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde tore his MCL in Sunday's game against the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hyde will obviously miss the season finale and could be sidelined for 10-12 weeks. It might cost him part of the offseason program, but he should be ready in plenty of time for training camp. Hyde was impressive on a crappy 49ers offense this year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, catching a career-high 27 passes and scoring 9 TDs. Durability continues to be a problem, though. Hyde has missed 14 games across his first 3 NFL seasons. He'll be a risk/reward early-round pick in 2017 fantasy football drafts. Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis will handle backfield duties in Week 17. None will be a recommended fantasy starter against the Seahawks.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde suffered a knee injury in Saturday's win over the Rams. "I'm praying it's not serious," he said afterward. "Hopefully I can come back and play next week." We'll look for an update on Hyde tomorrow.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde torched a strong Jets run D to the tune of 17 carries for 193 yards — plus 1 catch, 7 yards and 1 score. The rushing yardage marks a career high for the young RB. Hyde scored on the 49ers’ opening drive, as Colin Kaepernick hit him in the flat for the catch-and-run TD. Hyde did lose 7 carries to Shaun Draughn — plus a short-range rushing score — but Hyde’s fantasy upside is clear. He belongs in lineups for a Week 15 meeting at Atlanta.
Snow is expected throughout today's 49ers-Bears game, accumulating to 3-5 inches. Winds will be at just 5-7 mph, though, so we're not downgrading the passing games. Of course, both offenses figure to go run-heavy anyway.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. That’s a brutal matchup, and Hyde could lose some work to RB DuJuan Harris. It leaves him as just a borderline RB2 for Week 10.
According to multiple reports, 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) expects to play today at Arizona. He missed the past 2 games, which wrapped around their Week 8 bye. If Hyde returns, use him as you normally would. Don't expect big things in a tough matchup, though. DuJuan Harris could maintain a smaller -- likely receiving-driven -- role.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. A decision on his status is expected to come Saturday. We’ll look for an update before the 1 pm games kick off. 49ers-Cardinals isn’t until 4:25 pm ET. Hyde will be a lower-end RB2 if active.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde's (shoulder) status for this weekend's game against the Cardinals won't be determined until Saturday, HC Chip Kelly said. "It’s really range of motion and Carlos’ comfort level and that decision will be made after Saturday going through training with him sitting down with Ferg and doc McAdams in terms of where he feels he is at that point in time," Kelly explained. So Hyde figures to be listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. We'll look for word on his status Saturday. He'll be a lower-end RB2 if active in a tough spot in Arizona.
The 49ers had RB Carlos Hyde on the practice field Tuesday but continued to don a non-contact jersey in the portion open to the media, according to the Sacramento Bee. We'll see if that changes this week. It will certainly need to if he is to play at Arizona on Sunday.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Saints. He’s tentatively expected back for Week 10. RB DuJuan Harris is the best bet for carries today, with RB Mike Davis also mixing in. RB Shaun Draughn figures to handle most of the passing-down work.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it'd be a "major surprise" if 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) plays against the Saints today. "Needs another week to heal," Rapoport adds. It sounds like Hyde owners can expect him back for Week 10, but he's missing a prime matchup today. San Francisco will instead roll with a 3-man backfield of DuJuan Harris, Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis. Harris is the best bet for carries and is on the RB3 radar. Draughn figures to handle most of the passing-down work and is on the PPR radar.
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