Carlos Hyde’s pro debut off to strong start


The 49ers gave rookie tailback Carlos Hyde the start in Thursday’s exhibition at Baltimore, and on the game’s first series, he proved up to the task.

Hyde racked up 34 yards on three carries on his first professional drive, helping to set up a field goal as San Francisco took an early 3-0 lead.

Hyde’s gains were seven, 19 and eight yards, respectively. On the 19-yarder, a block from fullback Bruce Miller helped him get the corner off left end.

Veteran Frank Gore is clearly the Niners’ starting running back, but Hyde has a real chance to be the top option behind Gore on the depth chart. It’s just one series, yes, but on Thursday night, Hyde displayed the skill necessary to have a role in the San Francisco backfield, even if it’s just a complementary one in his first NFL season.

18 responses to “Carlos Hyde’s pro debut off to strong start

  1. Hyde clearly the steal of the draft. He looked amazing, even veteran like. Blitz pickup, check. Elite outside speed, check. Running with power & ability to break multiple tackles, check.

    Seattle fans watching Niners 2nd stringers and trolling them as usual. The “Since 2012th” Man already in mid season form. Talk to us in December when y’all are wearing the sad clown face

  2. Hyde will be only bright spot on Niners this year. Kaepernick sucks, Gore’s tank is empty & Harbaugh is a whack-job. Throw in an overrated defense & guess what?: last place finish in the NFC West.

  3. The announcers mentioned that Hyde did a good job blocking

    That’s important for 49er backs

    He Looks good !!

  4. He definitely has game speed. He is much faster than his 40 time suggests. With Gore and Hyde as a 1, 2 punch, the 49ers are going to run at will against any team. If Hyde had run a 4.5 40 at the combine he would have went earlier and possibly the 1st back selected. The 4 49ers stole one here and are going punish defenses with a smash mouth running game. The play action is going to open wide up with Davis and Boldin being the biggest benefactors of it. Hyde looks to be primed for a prominent role in the 49ers offense. Looking forward to Preseason Week 2 and Hyde getting 10+ carries.

  5. Hyde is a lot faster than his combine numbers. He still managed 4.6 pulling a hamstring. Believe me when I tell you there are very few defenders that will run him down if he is in front of them. He’s a legitimate 4.5 or better. He can RUN. At close to 240 lbs. he’s beastly!

  6. Why is this the only mention of the contest between the Ravens and the 49’ers on Baltimore’s team page other than yet another story about how the Ravens fans allegedly supported Ray Rice with a standing ovation (although that wasn’t the case as he was introduced with the rest of the starting offense)?

    Joe Flacco completed 4 out of 5 passes on a long drive that also featured some good productive runs by Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. Kamar Aiken; a guy battling to make the team in the last WR slot looked pretty good. The defense played very well. Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro ran the ball extremely well. Back up QB Tyrod Taylor looked pretty good and carved up the 49’ers defense for a couple of very long runs of his own. Kyle “the secret weapon” Jusczyck caught 3 passes on 3 targets and proved how versatile he can be in this offense. A lot of people don’t realize he was a star TE in college.

    Rookie MLB C.J. Mosely was all over the field making plays and recorded a sack. Asa Jackson in the battle for 3rd CB was making plays all night long and picked off a pass as well as veteran Dominique Franks.

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