Despite exemplifying the toughness and dawg mentality any team would want from their starting running back, it still appears as if 2017 may very well be Carlos Hyde’s last year in Santa Clara as the 49ers Expect Matt Breida to Lead a new by Committee Backfield. Niners Live is here to make the case, however, on; Why the 49ers should put some respect on Hyde’s name and strongly consider re-signing him in 2018.
Why the 49ers should re-sign Carlos Hyde
After coming off a career-best season in 2016 where he fell just 12 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard campaign playing in only 13 games, Carlos Hyde made it his mission to come back even stronger in 2017.
In 10 games played this season, battling not only through injuries but also through haphazard offense line play, Hyde still managed to rank in the top ten in the NFL in rushing yards with 592 at a 4.2 average yard per carry and is on pace to have over 70+ receptions, already reeling in 42 receptions for 274 yards (ESPN.com), which was capped off by a career-best nine receptions for 84 yards against the division rival Arizona Cardinals in week nine. “I love playing receiver. So, I feel like I finally got the opportunity to showcase my catching ability,” Hyde said (via the team’s website).
In week ten against the New York Giants; Hyde proved to be a pivotal part in earning the 49ers their first win of the season. Bulling his way to 98 yards on 17 carries averaging 5.8-yards a carry set the tone for the 49ers offense to deploy a successful, balanced attack.
He Can Run, and He Won’t Hyde
Even after the new regime was adamant about bringing in running backs who may have been a better scheme fit to challenge him for his position (Joe Williams), “El guapo” has never wavered and has put his best foot forward week in and week out. Throughout the season Hyde has continually shown up and been the one player that remained consistent even with the quarterback being a liability and the defense getting exposed.
Hyde has also made a great impression on 49ers general manager John Lynch when he got ejected for his role in a fight with Arizona Cardinals defensive Frostee Rucker in week nine. Lynch passionately embraced Hyde and yelled, “Good job!” Hyde said, “I think he was more hyped about me sticking up for my quarterback, sticking up for my teammates.”
But will they?
Hyde is currently in the last year of his contract and with an uncertain future, every week could be looked at as an audition for a potential suitor as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Be that as it may, Hyde made it clear to his agent to not let his individual situation cause a distraction. “I spoke to my agent about it, but I told him I don’t want to talk about a contract extension or anything like that right now” (via Matt Maiocco NBC sports bay area.
Hyde possesses the attitude and persona that this team is looking for to build its foundation and culture upon, but is it enough to keep him in a 49ers uniform for the long term? Will the new regime prefer to stick to their game plan of bringing in players who are tailored made to fit their schemes, and developing young talent? Or has Hyde done enough to show that he can be an instrumental building block for the future? It will be interesting to see what develops over the remainder of the season and how it all unfolds next off-season.
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All records, statistics, and accolades are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com, Pro Football Focus, 49ers.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com unless otherwise indicated. Author, Irvin Johnson Staff Writer at Niners Live. Co-Author, Content Creator, Editor Sequoia Sims.