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Snap count: Hyde's hip kept him from heavy workload in 49ers' OT loss

Snap count: Hyde's hip kept him from heavy workload in 49ers' OT loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Running back Carlos Hyde, who was limited in practice due to a hip contusion, saw a reduction in playing time in the 49ers’ 18-15 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“He wasn’t on a pitch count, but we knew he was banged up all week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “So we wanted to make sure to keep him fresh. We planned on getting (Matt) Breida in there, but by no means did we limit the numbers.”

Hyde carried 16 times for 68 yards, while Breida gained just 16 yards on nine rushing attempts. Hyde is the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher with 321 yards on the season.

Hyde said he felt as if he was not 100 percent due to hip, which he injured early in the 49ers’ loss last week to the Los Angeles Rams. Hyde played 58 of the 49ers' 84 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.

“I felt all right,” he said. “I didn’t feel like myself all the way. But I felt like I could still be effective. I had to manage it a little bit, just taking a breather.

“I felt it a little bit in the game, but it didn’t slow me down, so well see how I feel (Monday).”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
(84 plays)
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 83, C.J. Beathard 1
Running back – Carlos Hyde 58, Matt Breida 26, Kyle Juszczyk 24
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 74, Aldrick Robinson 73, Trent Taylor 47, Victor Bolden 12, Marquise Goodwin 9
Tight end – George Kittle 75, Garrett Celek 21, Logan Paulsen 1
Offensive line – Joe Staley 84, Trent Brown 84, Daniel Kilgore 84, Brandon Fusco 84, Laken Tomlinson 84

DEFENSE
(86 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 69, Solomon Thomas 69, Arik Armstead 57, Earl Mitchell 40, Elvis Dumervil 28, Aaron Lynch 25, Xavier Cooper 17, D.J. Jones 16
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 83, Ray-Ray Armstrong 64, Eli Harold 27, Dekoda Watson 13, Brock Coyle 3
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 86, Rashard Robinson 85, K’Waun Williams 69, Asa Jackson 1
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 86, Jimmie Ward 86, Lorenzo Jerome 22

SPECIAL TEAMS
(35 plays)
Coyle 29, Raheem Mostert 25, Elijah Lee 25, Celek 25, Jackson 23, Harold 20, Watson 19, Bradley Pinion 18, Paulsen 16, Bolden 13, Johnson 13, Kyle Nelson 12, Jerome 12, R.Robinson 11, Breida 10, Adrian Colbert 9, Armstrong 9, Jones 7, Tartt 6, Juszczyk 7, Taylor 6, Ward 6, Zane Beadles 5, Robbie Gould 5, Garry Gilliam 5, Buckner 5, Thomas 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Armstead 4, Mitchell 4, A.Robinson 2, Bowman 1, Williams, Dumervil 1

DID NOT PLAY
None

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Eric Reid (knee), LB Mark Nzeocha, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster (ankle), OL Erik Magnuson

Check out the 49ers' fresh official 2020 NFL Draft hats from New Era

Check out the 49ers' fresh official 2020 NFL Draft hats from New Era

The 2020 NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place from April 23 through April 25, but it will look a bit different than what we’re used to.

Instead of being hosted in Las Vegas with all of the pomp and circumstance events, the draft reportedly will be held via TV studio while cutting into live looks of the teams making decisions due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

While we don’t know how it’ll ultimately look -- as we have nothing previous to compare it to -- we do know the hats the draftees will sport after their name is called.

New Era dropped the Official NFL Draft Hats on Tuesday, with each cap sporting the logo on all black with their taglines stitched on the sides. 

Here are what the 49ers hats look like. What do you all think?

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New Era also offers alternates with bigger logos.

Despite a lot of changes to the draft, at least one thing will remain familiar.

Emmanuel Sanders was down to 49ers, Saints, Packers in NFL free agency

Emmanuel Sanders was down to 49ers, Saints, Packers in NFL free agency

Emmanuel Sanders is a man of his word. He said he would prioritize an opportunity to contend for a Super Bowl when deciding which team he was going to sign with in free agency, and given the finalists for his services, that's precisely what he did.

Sanders joined "The Rich Eisen Show" on Monday and explained that his decision ultimately came down to the NFC's top three seeds from last season.

"I was talking to Green Bay, I was talking to the Niners and just trying to figure out what type of deal, what type of money are we talking about," Sanders explained. "And then the Saints called, and I was ecstatic about them calling. The opportunity to play with Drew Brees and everything. The numbers made sense -- Drew has two more years left on his deal, and I signed a two-year deal."

As you might recall, the 49ers and Packers earned the Nos. 1 and 2 overall seeds in the NFC last season -- and a first-round bye -- while the Saints finished as the No. 3 seed. New Orleans' season ended in the wild-card round, whereas San Francisco defeated Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LIV.

While the 49ers and Saints didn't face each other in the playoffs, they did combine for a thrilling regular-season shootout in Week 14 -- a 48-46 San Francisco road win in which Sanders played a huge role, catching seven passes for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown. The next time he returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it won't be as a visiting player.

"I'm just excited to be a New Orleans Saint," Sanders continued. "I looked at the schedule -- we've got 11 or 12 games inside in a dome. Michael Thomas being my counterpart, Drew Brees throwing the ball, Sean Payton calling the plays -- a wide-open spread offense just like I was with Peyton [Manning] in 2014 -- it just set a new fire under me."

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Though Sanders didn't elaborate on those indoor games, he was correct in that the Saints will play 11 regular-season games in a dome next season. In addition to road games against the Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders and Detroit Lions, they of course have their eight home games -- one of which might be circled as soon as the official schedule is released.

That one?

Against the 49ers.