Browns HC Hue Jackson said Friday that he's giving OC Todd Haley "total autonomy" of the offense. He's "one of the best in the business," Jackson added of Haley. Consider this good news for all of Cleveland's skill-position guys. The Browns have ranked 31st and 32nd in points scored under Jackson the past 2 seasons. Haley arrives with 11 years of experience as a HC or OC. Eight of his squads have finished in the top half of the league in total points, including 6 top-10 finishes.
The Browns used the 35th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on Georgia RB Nick Chubb. Chubb busted out as a true freshman back in 2014, racking up 1,547 yards and 14 TDs on 7.1 yards per carry. His 2015 was cut short in October by a catastrophic left knee injury: a torn PCL, MCL and LCL, plus cartilage damage and a dislocation. Chubb returned for 2016 but didn’t look like the same player, posting a career-low 5.0 yards per carry. He bounced back nicely this past year, carrying 223 times for 1,345 yards (6.0 YPC) and 15 TDs. Chubb proved that the knee injury is behind him by registering an 83rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. When healthy, this guy is as good a runner as any RB in the class. He’s mostly unproven in the passing game, though, totaling just 31 catches across 4 college seasons. Chubb won’t be doing much pass-catching in Cleveland with Duke Johnson in the same backfield. But the rookie has a good shot to beat out Carlos Hyde for lead ball-carrying duties. That’ll be a situation to monitor throughout the summer.
New Browns RB Carlos Hyde revealed that he played last season around 228 pounds — down 7 pounds from his listed weight. “That’s the lightest I’ve been," Hyde said. “I went into the season feeling the best I’ve ever felt.” Following a new diet, the 27-year-old managed to play 16 games for the 1st time. That produced a career-high 240 carries. HC Hue Jackson has already said that he'll give the former 49er “every opportunity to run the ball.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cleveland has agreed to a 3-year deal with RB Carlos Hyde. The contract is reportedly worth “more than” $15 million total, with $6 million in the 1st year. Hyde is an upgrade over Isaiah Crowell in the “early-down” role, and his signing indicates Cleveland doesn’t plan to significantly increase Duke Johnson’s role. There’s room for both RBs to contribute worthwhile fantasy numbers in what should be a much-improved offense, though Hyde’s easily the more attractive draft target. His arrival makes it significantly less likely that the Browns draft Penn State RB Saquon Barkley next month.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde will not be suspended, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hyde was ejected from Sunday's game after getting into a scuffle with the Cardinals. He'll be out there for this weekend's game vs. the Giants, though. Hyde has racked up 22 catches over his last 4 games and now ranks 3rd among all RBs with 40 total grabs.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde was ejected for fighting in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He came to the defense of QB C.J. Beathard, who took a shot to the head while sliding. We'll see if Hyde faces further discipline from the league. He finishes this one with 12 carries for 41 yards, plus 9 catches for 84 more.
Niners HC Kyle Shanahan strongly denied after Sunday's game that the team had ever tried to trade RB Carlos Hyde. "That is absolutely, absolutely 100 percent false," Shanahan said after the loss to Washington, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner. "There is nothing true about that." Hyde jumped back into the clear backfield lead in the game, playing 56 snaps vs. 17 for Matt Breida and tallying 13 of 18 RB carries and 6 of 10 RB targets. The 49ers face a nice RB scoring matchup vs. Dallas in Week 7.
John Middlekauf of CSN Bay Area reports that the 49ers are trying to trade RB Carlos Hyde. The Friday release of veteran LB NaVorro Bowman after a week of shopping him lends credence to this storyline. We certainly wouldn't bet on the team dumping Hyde for nothing. Even if he plays out his contract and then signs elsewhere, the Niners should get a compensatory pick in next year's draft. We'll see if any team makes the trade leap or if the situation affects Hyde's playing time going forward. The prospect of a trade would be a sensible reason for scaling back Hyde's work in a given game, as the Niners did last week against the Colts. We'd still go ahead and use him against Washington this week, though.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he'll continue to ride the "hot hand" in the backfield. That was his explanation for Matt Breida out-snapping Carlos Hyde 35 to 33 and out-touching him 13 to 9 in yesterday's loss to the Colts. Shanny said Monday that Hyde will continue to be the 1st RB into games but will be followed by Breida. Week 5 marked the 1st time this season that Breida tallied more touches than Hyde. In fact, Hyde held a big 82 to 25 edge over the first 4 games. He remains a significantly better fantasy bet going forward, but he's riskier now than he looked a week ago.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (hip) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He was limited in practice all week but obviously felt good enough in pre-game warmups. Consider Hyde a risk/reward RB2 at less than 100% in a tough matchup.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers RB Carlos Hyde expects to play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Hyde will test his hip in pre-game warmups, though, before a decision is made. Hyde will be worth waiting for in many cases, but you'll need to make sure you have insurance lined up in a RB from a late Sunday or Monday night game. The situation also adds obvious risk for in-game aggravation. So we'd stay away from Hyde in DFS and consider that factor in making close lineup decisions.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (hip) is listed as questionable after a limited week of practice. HC Kyle Shanahan labeled him a game-time decision on Friday. That’s a surprise after Hyde returned to last Thursday night’s game vs. the Rams. We’re still expecting him to play, but the 4:05 pm ET start time complicates the situation. Hyde owners need to have a late-game replacement lined up. Matt Breida will serve as San Francisco’s lead back if Hyde can’t go.
Niners RB Carlos Hyde left Thursday night's game against the Rams early in the 1st quarter with a hip injury. He is questionable to return. Matt Breida is the next man up in the backfield.
Update: Hyde returned to the game
The 49ers have released RB Tim Hightower. The 31-year-old mustered just 1.8 yards per carry this preseason and was outplayed by undrafted free agent Matt Breida. Breida seems poised to open the year as San Francisco's #2 RB.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan believes RB Carlos Hyde has "taken it to another level." Shanny continued, "He started making a move, just his work ethic and just his attention to detail, about halfway through (organized team activities), which we were really excited about." It was doom-and-gloom for Hyde for much of the offseason, but now he's been talked up by his coach and his GM over the last week. He remains the favorite for lead duties in San Francisco and has seen his ADP drop into the mid-5th round.
49ers GM John Lynch said Thursday that RB Carlos Hyde changed his physique to fit the team's offense. (We're assuming this means he dropped weight in preparation for HC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.) "He looks tremendous," Lynch said. It's a rare piece of positive news on Hyde this offseason. Lynch had previously questioned his fit in Shanny's offense; insider Grant Cohn reported that Hyde struggled in spring workouts; and the 'Niners added rookie Joe Williams to the backfield. Hyde is still the favorite to lead this backfield in touches, but it'll be a situation worth monitoring throughout August.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde is struggling in new HC Kyle Shanahan's offense, at least according to insider Grant Cohn. "Hyde is the slowest and most indecisive running back on the team," Cohn writes. "... He doesn’t seem to have the vision to succeed in Kyle Shanahan’s outside-zone running scheme." It's only June, of course, and this is just 1 beat writer's opinion. But it'll only add fuel to the Joe Williams fire. Shanahan reportedly banged the table for the rookie, who's one-cut-and-go style seems like a good fit for the offense. This will be a backfield to monitor closely when training camp opens.
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.
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