49ers vs. Cardinals: Game Grades For Carlos Hyde and DuJuan Harris

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The San Francisco 49ers running backs mustered up a season-low 28 rushing yards on 18 carries in Week 10. 49ers starting RB Carlos Hyde and complementary RB DuJuan Harris both had 14 rushing yards each. That’s just not good enough. However, it wasn’t all their fault. When evaluating the run-game, the Cardinals were clearly stacking the box. Too many times over a Cardinals defensive player would shoot the gap untouched allowing a free-pass just seconds off that mesh-point (hand-off between quarterback/running back).

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I always say, a running back is only as good as his offensive line, and the line struggled generating any type of push. However, grades need to be placed, so below is my breakdown of the two runners who had nowhere to run or Hyde for that matter. Get it? lol. 

RB Carlos Hyde

Analysis: Hyde allowed zero quarterback pressure in pass-pro. Nice job by Hyde as he continues to take proper leverage in his blocking assignments when called upon. Despite only mustering up 14 yards in the run-game, Hyde broke three tackles which was a nice output for him on only 13 carries.

As for Hyde’s presence coming out of the backfield as a receiver, he only had one target in Week 10.  

Pass Grade: +10.0

Run Grade: +3.0

Overall: +6.5/10

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RB DuJuan Harris 

Analysis: Harris fared no better than Hyde and that falls on the offensive line. A unit that was unable to generate a push, as they were consistently out-numbered down in the box, it became apparent that the running game was going to be stagnant all game long. Harris would finish the game with five carries for 14 yards (2.8 average). 

Pass Grade: +10.0

Run Grade: 0.0

Overall: +5.0/10 

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