Pierre Garçon's recent 1-on-1 interview with 49ers Studios provided a number of quality anecdotes.
We recently covered Hyde comments on Dallas Cowboys running back and former college teammate Ezekiel Elliott. Here are five other notes from the San Francisco 49ers running back.
1. Jump-starting the offense
Enjoy the best photographs of San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde's return to the field.
Getting off to a strong start at the beginning of both halves will be a point of emphasis during Sunday's game against the Cowboys. The 49ers faced an early 14-0 deficit in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, and San Francisco is also scoreless in third quarters this season. The team will lean on Hyde to get the team moving when they come out of the locker room for each half.
"We've just got to start fast," Hyde said. "We've got to start making plays in the first quarter and second quarter. I need some explosive runs to help put us in a position to score points. I'm looking forward to it."
2. Season goals
Hyde reiterated that he'd love to reach 1,500 rushing yards in 2016. His 103-yard performance against the Seahawks has the running back headed in the right direction.
"I just need to be consistent," Hyde said. "I'm trying to stack these 100-yard games."
What about touchdowns? Hyde already reached the end zone four times to tie him for tops in the NFL.
"I'll take whatever they give me," Hyde said, grinning. "Whatever I end up with, I'm fine with."
3. All systems go
Hyde's biggest goal for the year was to stay healthy for all 16 games. The running back offered a positive update now almost a quarter into the season.
"I'm feeling real good," Hyde said. "I'm staying on top of my body with the massages, cold tub, hot tub, all that good stuff. That has my body feeling fresh on Sundays."
The third-year pro explained that he came up with a plan before the season and has been sticking to it diligently.
4. Very superstitious
Most players won't admit to being superstitious. Not Hyde. The running back explained that he believes his detailed routine is directly tied to his success on the football field. Hyde's greatest gameday superstition comes just before the team takes the field for kickoff. Following warmups, Hyde returns to his locker and reads "[The ](https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrTccC8bu1XjewAJR8nnIlQ?p=athletes prayer&fr=yhs-mozilla-002&fr2=piv-web&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-002#id=7&iurl=http://weareabundantly.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/20131115-163545.jpg&action=click)Athletes Prayer," a blessing that he grew attached to at Ohio State.
"It just stuck with me," Hyde said. "I feel like if I don't read that, I play bad."
5. "They sky's the limit"
Hyde has benefitted from strong play at both offensive tackle positions. Second-year pro Trent Brown, in particular, has turned heads both within the 49ers organization and aroudn the league. Hyde knew it was only a matter of time until Brown was excelling in the starting lineup.
"When he first walked in, I'm like, 'This dude has the size and everything you want in an offensive lineman,'" Hyde said. "After that, it's all (mental). The sky's the limit. He's definitely going to be a top tackle in the league. He's been showing it. Every game he's been going out there and dominating."
Hyde explained that the presence of Joe Staley has been invaluable for young offensive linemen like Brown.
"Joe is a guy you can look up to," Hyde said. "That's motivation right there. He's huge in the run game. We've got some young guys on the line, and with Joe being there, it's easy to look at a guy who's been doing it right and learn from him."