​The San Francisco 49ers are officially blowing it up this year. After initially looking to trade, then releasing veteran Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman, the Niners are looking to trade

star running back Carlos Hyde.


After gaining 1,151 yards from scrimmage (988 rushing yards) in 13 games last season, Hyde has seemingly fallen out of favor with first year head coach Kyle Shanahan.


Through the first five games of the Niners' season, Hyde has totaled 427 yards from scrimmage (332 rushing yards). With 73 rushing attempts (7.4 per game) compared to 217 (16.7 per game) last year, the drop-off is undeniable.

Hyde had two standout performances this year. In Week 2, he went off, rushing for 124 yards on 15 touches against Seattle's notoriously lockdown defense. The following week, Hyde's YPC dropped, but he also punched in two scores for San Fran against a staunch Rams secondary.

 

Despite that success, Hyde's usage fell off a cliff in Week 5, getting a measly eight touches and one target in the air.


This is only Hyde's fourth NFL season, but the sample size is large enough to know that the running back is quite injury prone. While it's plagued him in the past, that is not why he's losing touches to rookie Matt Breida.


Whatever the reason is, the message is clear: Shanahan does not see Hyde as a part of the 49ers' future.



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