San Francisco 49ers

It’s official(ish): Carlos Hyde is 49ers’ No. 2 RB

The 49ers had their first “live” tackling session of the offseason on Friday, a first-and-goal drill that mostly incorporated running plays.

When the second-team offense was on the field, running backs Jewel Hampton and Alfonso Smith got the carries. When the first teamers got their chance, the tailback was Carlos Hyde. None of them scored; the 49ers defense won the session overall.

Frank Gore, of course, is the team’s top runner. But the 49ers aren’t going to risk a tangle-in-the-pile type of injury on Aug. 1. The sequence suggested what everyone assumed when Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James went down with injuries: Hyde is now the top backup, and there’s a good chance he starts Thursday’s preseason opener.

That was supported by the release of the team’s depth chart in advance of the game against the Ravens. Keep in mind that the public relations staff, not the coaches, compile this chart. But it mostly lines up with what we’ve been seing at practice. A * denotes player who is injured or not expected to play Thursday.


WR: Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Devon Wylie, Chuck Jacobs, Bruce Ellington

LT: Joe Staley, Carter Bykowski

LG: Mike Iupati, Al Netter

C: Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin, Dillon Farrell

RG: Joe Looney, Adam Snyder, Michael Philipp

RT: *Anthony Davis, Jonathan Martin, Ryan Seymour

TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Derek Carrier, Asante Cleveland, Kevin Greene

WR: *Michael Crabtree, *Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, David Reed

FB: Bruce Miller, Will Tukuafu

RB: *Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Jewel Hampton, Alfonso Smith, *LaMichael James, *Kendall Hunter

QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson, McLeod Bethel-Thompson


LDE: *Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine

NT: *Glenn Dorsey, Quinton Dial, Mike Purcell

RDE: *Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs, Lawrence Okoye

LOLB: Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, Chase Thomas

JILB: Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody, Blake Costanzo

MILB: Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Shayne Skov

ROLB: Aldon Smith, Dan Skuta, Aaron Lynch

LCB: Tramaine Brock, Chris Cook, Darryl Morris

RCB: Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Acker

FS: Eric Reid, Jimmie Ward, C.J. Spillman, James McCray

SS: Antoine Bethea, Craig Dahl, Bubba Ventrone, D.J. Campbell

Special teams

P: Andy Lee, Colton Schmidt

K: Phil Dawson, Colton Schmidt

PR: Perrish Cox, Bruce Ellington

KR: Perrish Cox, Carlos Hyde

LS: Kevin McDermott, Kyle Nelson

My comments: I think Wylie and Ellington probably will get the first shot at punt returns ... Dial hasn’t played much NT to this point, but likely will depending on the severity of Dorsey’s injury. ... I saw Skov playing more “Jack” linebacker.

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