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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

Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

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Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

NFL draft season prompts plenty of outlandish trade scenarios to fill airtime and word counts, many of which never come to fruition.

Dallas Morning News reporter Joseph Hoyt dug up one such scenario Thursday, and it's a (hypothetical) trade the 49ers are (hypothetically) glad they didn't (hypothetically) make.

The 49ers would've had to pay a pretty penny for then-New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the proposal put forth in a "Good Morning Football" segment nearly two years ago. Beckham was months away from signing a contract extension, so San Francisco would've traded a lot of draft capital for a star entering the final year of his contract. The picks the 49ers made in those slots formed the backbone of the 2019 NFC Champions.

Beckham's arrival would've changed things, though. The 49ers would've entered the season with arguably the best receiver in football as well as George Kittle, who'd emerge as arguably the best tight end. Kittle might not have set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end playing alongside Beckham, but he surely would've benefitted from the extra attention opposing defenses paid the receiver rather than him.

Do they still go 4-12 that year? The 49ers were 3-5 in games decided by six points or fewer in 2018, and Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL) missed all but one of those games. Beckham crossed the 1,000-yard threshold in just 12 games catching passes from Eli Manning in 2018, so it's -- at the very least -- conceivable he could've moved the needle in at least one of the 49ers' close losses.

[RELATED: Why 49ers should trade down from both first-round picks]

The 49ers would've picked no higher than No. 4 overall with a 5-11 record in 2018, and any additional wins would've dropped them further down the draft order. Acquiring Beckham under the parameters "Good Morning Football" put forth likely would've prevented the Niners from selecting all of Mike McGlinchey, Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel, but not all three of them would necessarily be Giants, either.

San Francisco would've been a better team in 2018, thus pushing the 49ers out of the slots they used to draft Bosa and Samuel. That's a different opportunity cost to consider than trading all of those players straight-up for one of the game's best receivers, but it's one the 49ers probably are glad they didn't have to pay.

2020 NFL Draft: Why 49ers should trade down both first-round picks

2020 NFL Draft: Why 49ers should trade down both first-round picks

The 49ers had only six picks in the 2020 NFL Draft before trading Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco owned the No. 31 pick, and no others until the fifth round.

That trade brought in the No. 13 pick, but the 49ers probably aren't done dealing. Trading down to acquire more, much-needed draft capital is the likeliest scenario.

While much of the 49ers Faithful drool over what the top wide receivers in the draft would look like in coach Kyle Shanahan’s system, it's far from a given that the team will use that first pick on a receiver. For one, the 49ers still don't own any picks in the second, third and fourth rounds. For another, receiver is one of the deepest positions in the draft and the 49ers arguably have a bigger need.

Joe Staley is under contract through the 2021 season, but the veteran left tackle was understandably emotional after the 49ers' loss in Super Bowl LIV. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey indirectly indicated that Staley’s decision to return for the 2020 season was not set in stone.

The 49ers would be best served in hedging their bet that Staley returns and using one of their first-round picks on a left tackle. Even if Staley returns, the 49ers will need a replacement for him in the not-so-distant future. 

The draft's top tackles likely will be taken before the 49ers' first pick, but there still should be quality options available in the 20s or later. The 49ers could trade down, while Houston's Josh Jones or USC's Austin Jackson is still available, and then acquire another pick.

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Let's say trading the No. 13 pick nets the 49ers a first- and early second-round pick. Dealing the No. 31 pick would also come into play.

The 49ers drafted Deebo Samuel No. 36 overall in 2019. Samuel proved to be very productive in Shanahan’s system, catching 57 of his 81 targets for 802 yards. He ranked second on the team in receiving yards only behind First Team All-Pro tight end George Kittle. 

Shanahan's staff had an advantage in getting to know Samuel while at the Senior Bowl, but they have shown that a second-round receiver can become a key contributor. 

[RELATED: Buckner's exit could influence 49ers to trade down in draft]

Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson's draft trade value chart lists the No. 31 pick as worth a mid-second-round pick and a high third-round pick or a high second-round pick and a mid-fourth-round pick, among other permutations. Trading both first-round picks could give the 49ers three additional picks in rounds where they currently have none.

The 49ers would end draft weekend with nine selections in this scenario, as opposed to their original six. They'd also have fresh, valuable talent at important positions on their roster.