Tevin Coleman looks like the clear No. 1 in 49ers’ crowded backfield

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Tevin Coleman arrived in a crowded backfield in San Francisco this offseason, with last year’s leading rusher Matt Breida returning and last year’s free agent signing Jerick McKinnon expected to return after missing the whole season. But Coleman is expected to move to the head of the line.

Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com writes that Coleman is likely to get the most carries and the most catches of all the 49ers’ running backs this season.

Coleman can take an early lead because McKinnon is still recovering from last year’s knee injury, Breida has a pectoral injury and the next running back on the depth chart, Raheem Mostert, recovering from surgery for a broken arm. That gives Coleman the majority of the first-team snaps in Organized Team Activities.

And it appears that Coleman will get the majority of the first-team work when the season starts.

22 responses to “Tevin Coleman looks like the clear No. 1 in 49ers’ crowded backfield

  1. because he is clearly the best RB on that team. I dont know where all the hype for Mckinnon came from, anybody that watched Min knows he is average and gets tackled way to easy.

  2. I was impressed by Breida last year. So if this guy is going to bump him down and he was the projected back up to McKinnon laste year, dammmmm. With Breida as 3rd string oh boy, oh boy, oh boy….

  3. Coleman is a good versatile back. If he can stay healthy (and if jimmy g can too) he is gonna have a nice stat line this year.

    Ifs and buts, candies and nuts

  4. All Coleman needs is a hole and he’s gone but is also really good to get on the edge of outsize zone runs. He’s also too fast for LB’s in the passing game. I’ll definitely miss him in the ATL.

  5. Coleman will start. McKinnon if totally healthy will be third down back. If not, Coleman will stay on the field. Brenda is a pretty fragile guy. He was hurt all last year…. kudos to him for playing through it, but the writing is on the wall. Unless of course someone blows out a knee.

  6. “Coleman can take an early lead because McKinnon is still recovering from last year’s knee injury, Breida has a pectoral injury and the next running back on the depth chart, Raheem Mostert, recovering from surgery for a broken arm. That gives Coleman the majority of the first-team snaps in Organized Team Activities.”

    So hes the starter because hes not hurt is what you’re saying. From what I’ve seen, breida is the better all around back. Tevin is hit or miss, and McKinnon is more of a 3rd down back. All share that injury trait though.

  7. IF they can all get healthy at the same time that backfield will be very explosive…. IF

  8. Breida was really, really good last year averaging over 5 yds a carry and 10 yds a catch while getting 1100 total yds, and that is with him fighting through injuries all season. If he gets healthy in time for camp he should start. To me, the odd man out here with Coleman there would have to be McKinnon…..

  9. Mostert is the fastest of the bunch and probably the toughest runner. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry last season. Breida is a great runner but is a China doll and won’t last physically…

  10. Getting the most touches due to injury of other backs is not being the clear cut #1.

    The niners will have 2 (or more) backs splitting time, and which 2 will depend on who is healthy. Coleman should see a lot of time, because he is a better receiver that Breida/Mostert and McKinnon may not be ready. They were counting on McKinnon’s receiving last year. For any games where all backs are at full speed the most likely split will be McKinnon/Coleman in a similar ratio to what Coleman had in Atlanta.

  11. Most teams use at least 3 RBs now a days anyway. And these three need to stay healthy. Spread the playing time, spread the risk.

  12. Show me someone who claims to know Jimmy G is going to be pretty good in the NFLand I’ll show you a liar
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    Well, an 8-2 record is pretty darn good as a starter. Especially when you went 6-2 with a team that had gone 1-10 prior to you taking over.

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