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Undrafted running back Matt Breida turning heads in San Francisco

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It’s way too early to have any real idea about which undrafted rookies might contribute this NFL season, but an early name to keep an eye on is 49ers running back Matt Breida.

Breida was the best rookie on the field during the 49ers’ first minicamp, one assistant coach told Kevin Jones of KNBR.

After a disappointing senior season at Georgia Southern, Breida wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine. But he put on a show at Georgia Southern’s Pro Day workout, running his 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds, and he became a priority undrafted free agent for a number of NFL teams.

As the draft was winding down, Breida had 17 different offers from teams wanting to sign him as an undrafted free agent, and he ended up getting a $30,000 signing bonus from the 49ers.

Breida has to continue having a good summer just to make the 49ers’ 53-player roster, given that he remains behind veterans Carlos Hyde, Tim Hightower, Kapri Bibbs and fourth-round rookie Joe Williams on the depth chart. But Breida is off to a good start.

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10 Responses to “Undrafted running back Matt Breida turning heads in San Francisco”
  1. realfootballfan says: May 18, 2017 3:30 PM

    I hope this guy makes it because he’s undrafted and froma small school, but how can you turn heads as an RB with no pads on and no hitting, lol? Reporters always annoy me with this mess when they talk guys up like this in the offseason who 99% of the time never go on to do anything.

  2. faithful49er707 says: May 18, 2017 3:32 PM

    Laugh and make jokes while you still can HATERS

    Shanny and Lynch have the 9ERS headed in the right direction and will soon be back on the mountain top. We always have and always will be the kings of the NFC west. Add up all the Lombardi trophys won by AZ,SEA,LA and they still can’t equal the amount the 5 time Super Bowl winning SF 49ERS have.

    We run the west. We own the Bay

  3. dawoger says: May 18, 2017 4:01 PM

    Matt Breida > Delvin Cook

  4. omeimontis says: May 18, 2017 4:27 PM

    If he makes the team, a lot of sportscasters will be trying to figure out how to pronounce his last name.

  5. raydahhs75 says: May 18, 2017 4:27 PM

    This year’s Jalen Richard is out there somewhere. Maybe it’s this guy.

  6. teammosie says: May 18, 2017 4:31 PM

    But what does this have to do with Kaepernick being unsigned??

    Because isn’t that the main focus of the writing here lately? Sure would be nice to see that focus change!

  7. bobgust says: May 18, 2017 4:31 PM

    I don’t get excited about OTA and preseason standouts. I remember the past couple of years players like Diandre Campbell and Deandrew White making big waves during the OTA’s. Marcus Rush looked great in preaseason but was just released from the practice squad. Until they actually do something in a meaningful game, hard to get excited

  8. jonwill57 says: May 18, 2017 4:50 PM

    He’s really turning heads…
    Jarrod Hayne

  9. BraceForImpact says: May 18, 2017 4:59 PM

    I love the enthusiasm from my fellow Niner Faithful but temper your expectations and enjoy the ride.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  10. dylanjharper says: May 22, 2017 1:33 AM

    I feel like there are two potential translations for a running back “turning heads” in padless practice:

    1. He’s come to camp in great shape, and appears to be a quick learner.

    2. Reporters ask coaches who is looking good at camp every day and it goes mostly unnoticed until eventually one of those names is a low round or undrafted player.

    I’m not gonna get my hopes way up about him or anything, but I’d certainly rather hear positive things then negative (or nothing at all).

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