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NFL Barometer: Risers and Fallers After One Week

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Chip Kelly, James Harrison and David Bowie.

A few things have changed since our pre-training-camp Barometer, so it's time to review what's new as the preseason looms.

RISING

Carlos Hyde, RB, SF


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.

Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN

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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