As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for their first padded practice today, it was OC Greg Roman who was on the hot seat. A coach that is now without his primary backup in RB Kendall Hunter as he tore his ACL, Roman was asked specifically about that situation right off the bat. And with young and eager running backs ready to get their lions share of the carries this quickly has become the hot topic surrounding Levi’s Stadium.
Roman said, “The next man up is not a cliche, it’s a way of life.” So who will step up? Will it be rookie second-round pick RB Carlos Hyde or disgruntled RB LaMichael James? That question remains to be seen however, Roman did say that Hyde will have every opportunity to win the job as he said, “I think he’s going to have every opportunity to do that.” But what about James? CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco touched on the topic, as he asked why the 49ers did not use many screens in 2013, a skill-set that James excels at and Roman said, “We weren’t seeing traditional opportunities…great screen look opportunities…people weren’t just rushing up the field mindlessly to a spot, and a lot of teams that are really good at screens that’s what they see.”
With Hyde and James likely to garner the majority of the attention today, we will keep you updated as this backfield depth chart unfolds.