The 49ers and new head coach Chip Kelly are hoping to see running back Carlos Hyde turn into the workhorse they envision him in Kelly's run-heavy offense. But, he needs to be healthy to carry the rock on a regular basis.
Hyde looks to be just that in an Instagram video posted by his Miami, Fla.-based trainer, while working out with teammate Bruce Ellington. The workout highlight reel shows Hyde, who had surgery in December for a stress fracture in his left foot, weaving in and out of cones and hopping over hurdles.
San Francisco had its sights set on Hyde taking over for Frank Gore in his second season and he showed his immense potential in the 49ers' Week 1 win over Minnesota with 168 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Hyde, however, would not surpass 100 yards rushing in a game the rest of the season.
Injuries derailed Hyde's season after his breakout performance in the season opener. He finished the season playing in just seven games, totaling 470 yards and three touchdowns on 115 rushing attempts.
If Hyde can be healthy like the video suggests, he will certainly get plenty of carries in Kelly's offense. With the Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly's offense finished fourth, seventh and 11th in the NFL in rushing attempts over his three years as head coach.
The 49ers finished 31st out of 32 teams in total yards last season and 21st in total rushing yards. San Francisco currently also has running backs Mike Davis, Shaun Draughn, Kendall Gaskins, DuJuan Harris, and Jarryd Hayne on the roster.
Kelly has already spoke highly of both Hyde and Ellington. “I’m really excited to get working with Carlos,” Kelly said. "He should be fun to work with.”
Ellington caught just 13 passes for 153 yards last season. He also averaged just 7.2 yards on 19 punt returns, but Kelly appears intrigued with the possibility of Ellington taking on a larger role on his team.
“When you look at just the short time that I’ve seen just film of him you’re like ‘Wow.’ That kid can do some interesting things,” Kelly said. “And it’s our job to figure out how we can use that to benefit us to help us win games.”
San Francisco's offseason program begins on April 4.
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