Although the San Francisco 49ers (1-4) are struggling to muster a win, it has been the play of second-year RB Carlos Hyde that should continue to have Forever Faithful excited.
The successor to the 49ers all-time leading rusher RB Frank Gore, Hyde has filled his shoes nicely, as he continues to make strides as the team’s featured running back.
Last week, Hyde faced the No. 1 ranked rush defense while finishing the game on a high-note, as he recorded 23 carries for 93 rushing yards and one touchdown. A game that saw Hyde’s violent running style as he knocked out New York Giants LB Jon Beason on the game’s opening drive, Hyde continues to impress, as he has been a lone bright spot on the offensive side of the ball.
But what makes Hyde so special? I believe it’s due to his uncanny ability to make tacklers miss.
Time and time again you will see Hyde get hit in the backfield only to see him work his magic and gain positive yards. Whether delivering a mean stiff-arm or nasty spin move, Hyde is as strong as they come from the running back position.
Last week against the Giants I counted Hyde breaking 12 tackles (six of which came behind the line of scrimmage). A statistic that shouldn’t go unnoticed, it will be interesting to see if Hyde can continue to absorb that kind of pounding, as he continues to be the team’s work-horse through the first five games of the season.
In addition the RB Reggie Bush experiment has failed miserably, and as a result the team should start looking toward the future, and insert rookie RB Jarryd Hayne as the team’s primary backup.
With the 49ers preparing for an even matchup with the Baltimore Ravens it will be interesting to see which team prevails as both teams have been struggling this season.