Kendall Hunter's ACL tear is a bitterly disappointing turn of events for the 49ers and leaves them with no experience to speak of behind aging starter Frank Gore. But Hunter's absence should at least speed up the development of Hyde, who should emerge as the 49ers' clear backup behind Gore. The second-round pick out of Ohio State will need to show quick progress in blitz pickup in order to consistently eat into Gore's workload, but Hyde has excellent athleticism for a 230-pound back and has clear, looming upside in the San Francisco offense.
Even the most poorly managed teams don't draft second-round running backs just to leave them behind the likes of BenJarvus Green-Ellis on th
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