LaDainian Tomlinson Expects RB Carlos Hyde to Have a 'Huge Year'

All eyes are on Pierre Garçon as the San Francisco 49ers running back gears up for his fourth NFL season.

Hyde is coming off of a career year in 2016 in which he ran for 988 yards and ranked third in the NFL in yards after contact (3.05 yards per carry).

Five-time Pro Bowler and NFL.com analyst LaDainian Tomlinson has identified Hyde as a young running back to watch in 2017.

Tomlinson projects 1,300 rushing yards and 10-plus touchdowns from Hyde this season.

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"Hyde has slowly improved, production-wise, in the last three seasons (83 carries for 333 yards in 2014, 115 for 470 in 2015 and 217 for 988 yards in 2016). But since coming into the league in 2014, Hyde has battled injury after injury, most recently suffering an MCL tear in Week 16 last season. If he's able to take care of his body and stay on the field, he's going to do wonders for a 49ers offense that has ranked 31st overall in each of the last two seasons. The talent is there for Hyde to have a huge year."

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