Many 49ers fans were disgruntled by the departure of veteran running back, Frank Gore to the Indianapolis Colts, during the troublesome offseason the San Francisco based team endured.
However, what some fans seemingly don't realize is the Niners already have his replacement within their ranks. Carlos Hyde, while fairly unproductive during his rookie season, possesses everything Gore showcased during his time on the West Coast.
The ex-Ohio State back is 6'0", 235 lbs and is deceivingly agile with a great burst of speed as well. Like the former 49ers workhorse, he will have the ability to shoulder a big load and continually fight for extra yards over the course of games throughout the season.
Out the Backfield
Another aspect of Hyde's game that will prove useful is his ability to catch and run on the outside. During his time at Ohio State, he was able to showcase this talent of his and had an impressive amount of receiving touchdowns for a running back.
With Reggie Bush likely to be used as a change-of-pace back when Hyde needs a break, and fourth-round draft pick Mike Davis out of South Carolina to be Hyde's back up, the Niners are looking like they will be able to stick with their heavy power running style this season.
Head Coach Jim Tomsula will be hopeful Hyde can produce right off the bat and provide his team with a solid foundation of a running game they can lean on if their passing game is shut down as it was for the majority of last year.
While a lot of the team's success will be down to the form of quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, they will also look to Hyde to have an immediate impact as their new featured back.
Frank Gore's legacy as the San Francisco 49ers power running back is over, but Carlos Hyde's is about to begin. If he can live up to his potential and provide the same numbers Gore was able to over the years, Carlos Hyde will quickly become one of the NFL's most productive, and feared running backs.
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