While the San Francisco 49ers brought in reinforcements to make up for the loss of RB Frank Gore with the additions of RB Reggie Bush and RB Jarryd Hayne, one player who has seem to fly under the radar is the once promising diminutive running back RB Kendall Hunter.
At 5-7, 199, Hunter may not look like a player that can be a featured running back but make no mistake his role will be extremely important as the team transitions to a zone-blocking scheme.
Hunter who had his fair share of injuries as of late will be looking to bounce back once again as he recovers from a torn ACL which forced him to miss the entire 2014 season. I asked Hunter how he felt after last week’s practice and he believes he’s ready to go. “I feel really good out there,” Hunter told me.
So what should the Forever Faithful expect from him in 2015? While he likely won’t start he will provide a spark off the bench with his shiftiness out of the backfield. With RB Carlos Hyde getting the lion share of the carries that leaves Hunter and Bush to complement the second-year back and from what I’ve seen from Hunter so far he looks explosive coming in and out of his cuts/breaks.
In 43 regular season games, Hunter has amassed 262 carries for 1,202 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Look for him to expand on those numbers in 2015 as he will be looking to prove his worth in what will be a contract year for him.
With the 49ers looking to install a new game-plan under OC Geep Chryst one thing will remain the same and that’s smash-mouth football and that’s where Hunter is at his best.