Gee, Carlos Hyde seems to have recovered from foot surgery.
Hyde’s Miami, Fla.-based trainer recently posted a reel of Hyde and 49ers teammate Bruce Ellington going through drills and both players look ready for the team’s offseason program, which begins April 4.
The clip shows Hyde, who had surgery in December to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, weaving through cones, hopping over hurdles and looking perhaps a little slimmer than the 235 pounds at which he was listed last year.
The 49ers finished 31st in the NFL in total offense last season. The main reason they expect to improve in 2016 is new head coach Chip Kelly, whose up-tempo style should breathe new life into the moribund unit.
Another reason for optimism is Hyde.
He avoided surgery for most of last season in the hope that the fracture – to the side of his foot – would heal on its own. However, Hyde never returned to full strength and sat out five games until he was placed on injured reserve in December.
The injury can be viewed two ways.
On one hand, Hyde was supposed to take over Frank Gore’s workhorse role last season but only managed to stay healthy for a fraction of the season.
On the other: He rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 1 game in which he was not dealing with any injuries. That suggests a healthy Hyde would have had a big impact on the 49ers’ offense last season and that he will do so this season if he can avoid injuries.
Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles offenses finished fourth, seventh and 11th in the league in rushing attempts over the last three seasons, meaning Hyde is certain to get a lot of carries this year.
Other candidates to carry the ball are Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, Kendall Gaskins and Jarryd Hayne. Kelly also might carve out a quasi running back-wide receiver role for Ellington, who has worked at times with the running backs in previous seasons.