A stress fracture in his foot ruined Carlos Hyde’s second NFL campaign less than halfway through the season, but the Ohio State product might yet have a bright future in the Bay Area despite a coaching change.
Chip Kelly isn’t scheduled to speak at the NFL Combine, but 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday that his new head coach is a fan of Hyde’s skill set.
“I think coach would tell you he’s an ideal fit for what coach wants to do. Very similar to what he did at Ohio State. Big back that runs with power, runs with a little anger. How can you not like that?”
Hyde played 14 games as a rookie, rushing for 333 yards and four touchdowns while splitting time with veteran Frank Gore. When Gore departed for Indianapolis prior to the 2015 season Hyde appeared poised for a breakout season, but he was injured in the seventh game of the season and was eventually placed on injured reserve.
In those seven games last fall, Hyde carried the ball 115 times for 470 yards.
Baalke said Hyde is on track to come back healthy and contribute to the 49ers next season.
“It’s doing good. I actually talked to him a few days ago. Frank Gore and him were working out in Miami together. It’s coming. He’s not game ready yet by any stretch but indications are he’s healing nicely and we look forward to having him full speed as soon as possible.”
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