The 49ers have signed RB Alfred Morris. He'll provide some insurance after recent injuries to RBs Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder). Morris has experience in HC Kyle Shanahan's offense after spending his first 2 NFL seasons in it with the Redskins.
Niners RB Matt Breida is expected to miss the rest of the preseason because of the shoulder injury he suffered Thursday night, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. Breida did, however, avoid structural damage to the joint. The team hopes to have him back for Week 1. In the meantime, RBs Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert and Jeremy McNichols will enjoy extra opportunities to earn offensive roles. Breida's current ADP is late enough (around RB50) that you can still take him there, barring some negative development with his shoulder. Williams is the biggest talent behind him on the depth chart and still has plenty to prove after a lost rookie year.
Niners RB Matt Breida hurt a shoulder in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's preseason opener against the Cowboys. Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that the issue "does not appear to be serious." We'll check in for a follow-up over the next few days.
ESPN's Nick Wagoner believes 49ers RB Matt Breida will play a bigger role than most are expecting this season. "Breida looked bigger and stronger during the offseason program while maintaining his speed and now that he has a year in the system under his belt, he should be even more comfortable," Wagoner writes. The 'Niners, of course, paid big bucks to land RB Jerick McKinnon in free agency. The former Viking remains the heavy favorite to serve as San Francisco's lead back -- but he never projected as a 300-carry workhorse. There could certainly be enough for Breida to handle 8-12 touches per game. And that could make him a spot-start option for fantasy teams -- on top of his value as a McKinnon handcuff.
Niners RB Joe Williams spent his rookie season on IR after a disappointing summer. But NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco says the 4th-round pick "looks like a different player" this year. “I think Joe has a lot of ability,” HC Kyle Shanahan said. “And it’s very apparent he’s had a different mindset this year than he did last year. Sometimes, that just takes time. Everybody handles it differently. It took Joe a little bit, mentality-wise.” The 49ers moved up to select Williams in Round 4 of the 2017 draft, and then fantasy nation fell in love after Peter King relayed the story of Shanahan advocating for him in the war room. A backfield with Jerick McKinnon as the new starter and Matt Breida as the only meaningful incumbent leaves room for Williams to carve out a role. We'll be curious to see where Williams resides on the depth chart once preseason arrives. He's at least a dynasty hold.
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 will place RB Joe Williams on IR today because of an ankle injury, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. We hadn't heard anything about the injury before, so this move is likely at least as motivated by the 4th-round rookie not being ready to contribute on offense. Placing Williams on IR before setting the 53-man roster makes him in eligible to be designated for return this season. Matt Breida, meanwhile, looks increasingly secure as the backup to RB Carlos Hyde.
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.
Niners undrafted rookie RB Matt Breida was once again the 2nd RB into the game for Sunday night's 3rd preseason game against the Vikings. He followed Carlos Hyde in and was the only other HB to play any 1st-half snaps. Fellow rookie Joe Williams, meanwhile, was the 4th RB in, also following Raheem Mostert. If you're looking to handcuff a backup to Hyde late in your fantasy football draft, then it's looking like Breida. Williams sports the talent but clearly has work to do before he climbs the depth chart.
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