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Carlos Hyde Warns Skeptics to Not Sleep on the 49ers

Posted Sep 8, 2017

The 49ers fourth-year running back is locked in and determined to silence any doubters.

Carlos Hyde has one message for any doubters heading into the 2017 season.

Don’t sleep on the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers look to turn the page from an underwhelming 2-14 campaign in 2016. A series of personnel and roster changes are just the foundation of San Francisco’s transition. The fresh blood in the building has produced a rejuvenated confidence within the 49ers locker room.

“If you look at the previous years we’ve had, I definitely see teams (saying) ‘we’re going to get the win, easy,’” Hyde said. “But we’re definitely going to shock people. They can think whatever they want.”

San Francisco's new culture begins with head coach Kyle Shanahan. Hyde, who enters his fourth season under his fourth coaching staff, sees Shanahan’s guidance setting up the 49ers franchise for success.

San Francisco’s changeover continued with quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has already exceeded many expectations.

“(Hoyer has) definitely impressed me. Watching film or even sitting on the sideline watching him hit the receivers, some of the passes he makes, they’re unbelievable,” Hyde said. “And then him connecting with Marquise (Goodwin) that’s definitely something to see, that deep ball. It’s something we haven’t seen in a while. I’m loving it. I’m looking forward to that happening on Sunday and then that run game will definitely be exploding.”

Speaking of the run game, San Francisco’s undrafted rookie Matt Breida forced himself in to the running back conversation following a strong preseason. Expect to see Breida serve as a compliment to Hyde.

Running backs commonly benefit from Shanahan's system. The head coach has produced top-10 rushers in four of the past five seasons. Atlanta Falcons running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were the league’s top backfield tandem in 2016, accumulating over 2,400 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.

Shanahan's history with running backs suggests that both Hyde and Breida will have prominent roles on gameday.

“Matt is going to be a big part of this offense. He has a lot of speed he has a lot of talent the coaches can utilize,” Hyde said. “We go well together - like a thunder and lightning combo. So, he’ll be used as much as I’m being used. It will be good for us. We (will) keep each other fresh, and tear this season up.”

Hyde’s first test comes against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 and their stout run-defense. Last season in the 49ers 43-29 loss to Carolina, Hyde was limited to just 14 carries for 34 yards.

“Week 1 and Week 2, to me that would be right there the top four linebackers,” Hyde said of facing the Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks to open the season. “They play sound defense. We have to be on our A-game, and we have to execute our gameplan this week.”

Hyde has seen his share of production in season openers. Hyde has rushed for a total of 306 yards and five touchdowns on 56 carries in his first three regular season debuts. His five rushing touchdowns in Week 1 are the most in the NFL over the last three seasons. 

But still, 2017 offers a clean slate for Hyde and the 49ers. He began training camp with the goal of becoming the NFL’s leading rusher. The first step to silencing any skeptics begins on Sunday.

“It’s the first game of the season. Everybody’s excited. That’s about it. There’s nothing more to it than that," Hyde added. "I’ve been looking forward to it whether its’s Week 1 or Week 16. I’m ready to go.”

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