SANTA CLARA – Running back Carlos Hyde has missed playing time the past two seasons due to foot, shoulder and knee injuries.
One draft analyst, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, reported this week the 49ers are ready to move on from Hyde as he enters his third NFL season.
Hyde, who originally arrived with the 49ers in 2014 as a second-round draft pick, came up just 12 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark due to a knee injury he sustained in the 49ers’ next-to-last game of the season.
General manager John Lynch said on Wednesday he hopes Hyde is approaching the offseason as a player who feels like he has something to prove to the new coaching staff.
“I know that when I was a player and I went through a couple of coaching changes, I think as a player, one of the great things about this league, and frankly, what drove me to get back into it, is you’re always proving yourself,” Lynch said.
“And, I think, in particular when there’s a new regime. I hope Carlos feels that way.”
This week, draft analyst Tony Pauline, reported the 49ers are considering LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 2 overall pick, which would enable them to turn the page on Hyde.
Lynch said the 49ers are excited about Hyde’s potential as a running.
“I can also tell you that we’re really high on him and what he might be able to do in this offense,” Lynch said. “We think he can be a highly productive player. But we’re eager to see. You have these thoughts as to, ‘Do these skills translate to what we do?’
“And he’s a very talented young man and we’re very excited and hopeful – just in the interactions we’ve had – that he’s come ready to play.”