Undrafted rookie Matt Breida has earned a role in 49ers’ offense

AP

When you’re an undrafted rookie, you always face an uphill battle to make the roster. But 49ers running back Matt Breida appears to have earned not just a 53-man roster spot, but a significant role in the offense.

We’ve been keeping an eye on Breida since the 49ers’ minicamp in May, when he was reportedly the best rookie on the field. Now Breida appears to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart: In Sunday night’s third preseason game, Breida was the second running back to get on the field after starter Carlos Hyde, and Breida led the team with seven carries for 29 yards.

When the regular season starts, don’t be surprised if Breida gets more carries than veterans Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs, as well as rookie fourth-round draft pick Joe Williams.

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, running his 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds, and he became a sought-after undrafted free agent for several NFL teams, with 17 offers. He ended up getting a $30,000 signing bonus from the 49ers. That now looks like money well spent.

6 responses to “Undrafted rookie Matt Breida has earned a role in 49ers’ offense

  1. These undrafted players are why Draft is a crapshoot and its pickers overpaid:
    Wes Welker
    Priest Holmes
    James Harrison
    Rod Smith
    Antonio Gates
    Tony Romo
    Warren Moon
    Kurt Warner
    Adam Vinatieri
    London Fletcher
    Dave Krieg
    Arian Foster
    Brian Waters
    Jeff Saturday
    And my apologies to the great many others I could add, especially longer ago like “Night Train” etc.

  2. streetyson says:
    August 28, 2017 at 8:15 am
    These undrafted players are why Draft is a crapshoot and its pickers overpaid:

    Have to admit I didn’t know half these players went undrafted, but you clearly have a good list. I agree though the draft is it’s own phenomenon. You can also make an argument that a whole bunch of people who went in the first round or two ended up having a lot less success than these guys. It’s two different games and becoming more so year after year.

  3. Breida should have been a 3rd round pick. Had he gone to a school like Notre Dame, he probably would have been a second rounder. Scouting is like anything else. You have good scouts and bad ones. The bad ones are the ones saying the draft is a crapshoot. When Eddie DeBartolo owned the team, the 49ers used to dominate the draft every year, and most of the time they were picking at the end of every round. They had so many HOFers and Pro Bowlers that were taken well after round one. They were doing something more than just throwing darts.

  4. When the regular season starts, don’t be surprised if Breida gets more carries than veterans Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs, as well as rookie fourth-round draft pick Joe Williams.
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    Since it’s highly unlikely Kapri Bibbs even makes the team, it won’t be difficult for Breida to get more carries.

  5. John Lynch did a good job of bringing in a lot of undrafted rookies and opening up the competition. I think the Niners will end up keeping 3 or 4 undrafted guys and Breida and Lorenzo Jerome both look really good.

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