There’s no clear favorite to replace Kendall Hunter in the San Francsico 49ers backfield, but Carlos Hyde is definitely in the mix.
“I think he’s going to have every opportunity to do that,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman of Hydes’ chances to step in for Hunter. “It’s an evaluation ever day. How does a guy handle training camp? Are there peaks and valleys? Or does he keep doing that? All those things. So, there’s nothing that Carlos Hyde has done since he’s been here for me not to like him a lot as a coach.
Roman took a more cautious approach when discussing Marcus Latimore, explaining that it’s still unclear when the second-year player will be able to practice every day.
“You know, we’ll have to wait and see, really. That’s more of a day-to-day type of situation. So, I really don’t want to speculate on that.”
Roman also mentioned that LaMichael James shouldn’t be left out of the conversation just because he had a difficult time getting on to the field a season ago.
“And the way things played out last year, didn’t get a lot of opportunities but that has no impact, don’t take anything from that. That was really circumstance more than anything. So, there’s a lot of things we can do with them. Multi-dimensional player.”
Note: All quotes courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Public Relations.