The San Francisco 49ers announced on March 25 that they signed defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one-year deal. Hyder originally entered the NFL after signing with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. Keep reading to learn more about the 49ers newest defensive lineman.
In 2016, Hyder was recognized by former ESPN color analyst Jon Gruden as "Gruden's Grinder," a weekly award given to disciplined, tough and often overlooked players during the Monday Night Football broadcast. Other recipients of the honor include quarterback Kirk Cousins and running backs James Starks and Theo Riddick.
During his breakout season in 2016, Hyder led the Lions in both sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (11). During his time with the Lions from 2015-18, Hyder appeared in 23 games, registering 42 tackles, 9.0 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
"Good Guy Award"
Hyder was named the 2016 Detroit Lions Media-Friendly "Good Guy Award" winner by members of the Pro Football Writers Association and Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, an award given to a player for outstanding cooperation with the working media.
Hyder signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent on March 18, 2019. He went on to play at nearly every spot on the Cowboys defensive line, appearing in all 16 games. Hyder finished the season with 17 tackles, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery.
NFC West Connection
Hyder was a member of Kliff Kingsbury's inaugural season as the head coach at Texas Tech. During his collegiate career, Hyder appeared in 49 games (41 starts) and finished with 176 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2013 (Kingbury's first year as head coach), he started all 13 games and registered 65 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.