San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde had 25 carries for 84 yards against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. It wasn’t his best game, but he also had a pair of rushing touchdowns and caught three passes for 10 yards.
The most notable stat of the week, in my mind, is this: 61 of Hyde’s 84 yards came after contact, according to Pro Football Focus. Those are some hard-fought yards, and a clear indicator that Hyde had to give everything he could to pick up those yards.
Through three games, Hyde has 49 carries for 253 yards and two touchdowns, with 12 receptions for 61 yards. His per-carry average is 5.2 yards and he’s held up well on the injury front. I expect Hyde’s touches to be around the 25 number in games going forward.
I admire what Kyle Shanahan tried to do with the running game against the Rams, to be honest. They fired off deep passes when they felt they needed to and when Brian Hoyer was feeling good, but they didn’t abandon the run and kept Hyde going at it. That’s not always going to wind up getting him 100 yards, as it didn’t against the Rams, but I’d much rather prefer the hard-fought 8 yards than the nine carries for 45 yards against the Carolina Panthers.
I feel if the 49ers stuck with the run against the Panthers, they would have been in a much better position at winning that game.
It will be very interesting to see where Hyde ends up this season. He’s on the final year of his contract and for the past two offseasons, we’ve heard plenty of national media suggest that Hyde would be considered one of the top three running backs in the NFL if he wasn’t languishing on the 49ers.
Now, I’m not sure he’s actually languishing, but he is definitely giving it his all for the 49ers right now. Hopefully they can reward him.