running back-starved 49ers bring in 3 with limited experience for workouts

    Running back-starved 49ers bring in 3 with limited experience for workouts 

    The San Francisco 49ers have been in dire need of a running back starved 49ers bring experience workout for some time and no other team was willing to offer anything more than an undrafted player. 

    So the team decided to bring in three people who would not be considered among one of the best backs in the league, but that did not stop them from obtaining them from other teams.

    running back-starved 49ers bring in 3 with limited experience for workouts

    "The guys we brought in are not super-talented, but they fit exactly what we're looking for," said San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh after the workout on Tuesday. "These guys will get a lot of work with us and they'll do it right."

    The three players that were brought into have had limited experience and are not considered among some of the top backs working out. The 49ers have a running game issue and they are looking to address that issue through the draft and by trying out other players.

    The three working out are former University of North Carolina running back Shaun Draughn, former University of Southern California running back Allen Bradford, and former Nevada running back Caleb Herring.

    "I'm just coming in here to try out," said Bradford. "I'm not sure what I would do well at."

    All three players from the workouts were on NFL practice squads last year, with Herring only being on one for half a season. Despite little to no experience, they all seem up for the challenge and are looking to make it happen with the 49ers.

    "We're here just trying to make the team," Herring said after his workout. "If they want us, then we have a spot."

    Herring is one of the best running backs that could be brought on board without challenging with anyone else. He has a lot of speed and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He could also be used as a kick returner for extra points or for other plays in which he would not be as effective running the ball.

    Another thing that should be noted about the three running backs that were working out is that they are all under 5 ft 10 in. They do not have an imposing presence on the field, but they are fast and quick when it comes to moving down the field.

    The San Francisco 49ers have a big need for depth in their running game and they have addressed it by bringing in three players who could potentially play a big part on the team. The players are not very big, but there are other bigger backs that may come through the draft later on this month.

    "49ers release Gore": After losing Brandon Jacobs, San Francisco is forced to release its starting running back. There is no one else that wants to take him, so the 49ers have released their lead rusher.

    The San Francisco 49ers have released the man that was once considered their running back of the future, Anthony "Boobie" Gore. After losing Brandon Jacobs and Kendall Hunter to free agency, Gore will not be able to find a new team and will now return to his former team, the Miami Dolphins.

    The formerly top backup for an incredible era at running back has been released this offseason by the team that drafted him two years ago. This came after another tough year of injuries.

    Gore had been with the San Francisco 49ers for just two years after being drafted out of the University of Miami. He even signed a large contact extension before last season, but it was all in vain.

    Gore played sparingly during his time with the 49ers and was released alongside center Daniel Kilgore, who will also return to Miami this season. But Gore is currently a free agent and no other team has shown any interest in signing him yet.

    "It's tough," said Tommey Morris after the release on Monday. "We had some major injuries up front and it was tough to have our line be as good as we needed them to be. It was tough to see him get hurt so often and that is the reason we are releasing him now."

    Gore was drafted from Miami in the third round of the 2011 draft, following a broken ankle that sidelined him for most of 2009 but also gave him huge experience by the time he was drafted. He had decent production in college but broke his ankle while trying out at a pro day.

    During his time with San Francisco, Gore played sparingly and mostly on special teams. He only ran for 104 yards on 32 attempts over two seasons and eight games with the team, averaging 3.31 yards. Gore has spent the rest of his time playing on special teams, where his attributes make him an excellent player to have around.

    "It was not what we were expecting from him," said Morris when asked about Gore's release. "We were expecting a lot from him, but he didn't get the playing time needed to show off his talent."

    The San Francisco 49ers now have no running backs on their roster and it is uncertain if they will be able to fix the hole in their offense that has left them behind other teams. They could go after a free agent or use the draft, but neither seems to be a certainty at this point, although Gore may be brought back later on into the season.

    "We're going to go with what we have right now and see what happens at the end of free agency," said Morris. "We will evaluate our options in the draft and we may bring in some other free agents."

    The 49ers also released defensive end Demarcus Dobbs and linebacker Michael Wilhoite this week before bringing him back. However, Wilhoite made the move onto the San Francisco 49ers roster.

    San Francisco's coaching staff has been struggling with injuries this offseason, most specifically at the safety position. Although they counted on Dashon Goldson to start after heavy play last season renewed his contract, he left for Tampa Bay as a free agent and now San Francisco is left to fill.

    "We're going to need to get some new guys," said coach Tommey Morris. "But it's still early in the offseason and we'll see who comes in."

    San Francisco has been looking hard to find a true replacement for Dashon Goldson, but does not seem to have any players ready for that role. They are currently scraping the bottom of the barrel for possible replacements, which leaves them no option but to keep playing over their safety positions and hope that they don't get hurt again this season.

    "We have no one ready," said Morris. "So we will have to hold on until the draft or until some new free agents appear. Hopefully we have someone in the draft who can fill this role or someone in free agency that wants to play for us."

    There are a lot of safety options in the draft but none seem to fit what San Francisco needs. They are looking for a true center field type player capable of locking down the middle of the defense, but they have not been able to acquire one through this early off season.

    "We're going to be doing some looking," said Morris. "We don't know what's going to happen with Dashon and he may not re-sign with Tampa Bay. We will see if he comes back and then we'll need to do something about it.

    "We're not ready for that, but we'll do what we have to do. We will see about some free agents."

    The San Francisco 49ers have been struggling with injuries this offseason, most specifically at the safety position. Although they counted on Dashon Goldson to start after heavy play last season renewed his contract, he left for Tampa Bay as a free agent and now San Francisco is left to fill.

    "We're going to need to get some new guys," said coach Tommey Morris. "But it's still early in the offseason and we'll see who comes in. We've been trying to get some experience guys in and then maybe some of the younger guys if they do well. We'll see."

    Safety is the deepest position on 53-man roster, and it could be an area that San Francisco selects a free agent to fill Goldson's spot. There is still no replacement for ​Gerald Hayes, who was one of the team's best players last season. Last year, Hayes led the 49ers with nine interceptions and 29 passes defended, but he never started any games over his first three seasons with the franchise.

    "Most of the stuff you kind of know who you're going to be getting," said Jimmie Ward, who signed an extension last week. "But then again you never know. You want to be able to position yourself in a good spot. I feel like this offseason is going well for me."

    Next in line for the 49ers at safety is C.J. Spillman, who played in every game last season, totaling 15 tackles and three pass deflections. He also had two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown against St.Louis. It's not known if San Francisco will look to fill the role through free agency or the draft yet, but they are looking at both options with great interest right now.

    "I think the safety position is still a little bit open," said defensive coordinator Eric Mangini. "We've got to get some guys in there that can help us, and I think there's guys out there that we can get. We'll see."

    One of the free agents that San Francisco may look to sign is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ahmad Black. With Goldson departing, the 49ers may be on the lookout to fill another position, as they are currently missing two starting wide receivers and they could look at a prospect at safety who is capable of playing both in case one or both players goes down with an injury.

    Black, who has also played for the New York Jets, is in this position as a free agent. In Tampa Bay he had three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2011. With the addition of Patrick Chung and Dashon Goldson being resigned to San Francisco, Black may only be interested in a starting role somewhere else.

    With the 49ers looking at both free agents and draft prospects at safety, it appears that they are moving in to double their available spots there.

    It is not yet known if the team will keep Goldson, who has also been linked to Philadelphia and Tennessee.

    Goldson was a strong safety with the 49ers and his interception in the NFC Championship game against Atlanta in January 2012 put San Francisco into Superbowl XLVI. He has played close to eight seasons in the NFL and has appeared in 77 games.

    In 2011 he had 69 tackles, recovering two fumbles and recording four interceptions.

    Silver: The New England Patriots make their way to Reliant Stadium on September 9th for their first action of the 2012 NFL season. The Patriots face the Houston Texans in their season opener. The game is televised by FOX. Get your tickets to the first NFL action of 2012 from TicketCity!

    The New England Patriots will have a new defensive coordinator in 2012 after longtime head coach Bill Belichick came to an agreement with defensive coordinator Eric Mangini for his replacement at the position. Belichick, who has been with New England since 2000, will continue to serve as the team's head coach for another five years, through 2016.

    The front office is also searching for a new offensive coordinator after Mike Sherman was fired on Sunday morning. His role was replaced by quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.

    Belichick and the Patriots have won a Superbowl, played against the NFC in three others, and are also the only team to beat Peyton Manning in the postseason. It is clear that he is one of the best coaches in NFL history and very highly regarded.

    Silver: The New England Patriots defeat the Denver Broncos by a score of 45-10. The game is televised by CBS on Sunday Night Football on September 16th. Check out the best tickets for the game at TicketCity!

    The Denver Broncos defeated the Houston Texans in their season opener on Sunday by way of a score of 38-21. Despite Peyton Manning missing the first half due to a procedure to fix his acl, he was able to score three touchdowns and pass for 345 yards. 

    The Broncos scored 21 points in each of their first two drives. They finished with 381 total yards and 11 penalties against them. The Patriots came out strong in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns against Denver's defense. Denver's offense fumbled on their first drive, which forced them to punt on four plays. 

    They were able to overcome the mistake and scored on two of their next three drives. Denver's defense came out strong, forcing the Patriots to punt within their first five plays from scrimmage. The Broncos scored a touchdown on two of their first three drives, but finished with just 246 total yards against New England's defense. 

    The Patriots put up 442 total yards and lost 17 yards on sacks. Tom Brady passed for 344 yards at a 75% completion rate along with four touchdowns and one interception.

    New England scored 14 points in each of their first two drives. They struggled offensively in the second half, scoring just 10 points while recording just six more first downs than Denver did in the same time frame.

     The Patriots rushed for 177 yards and only allowed the Broncos to record 10 first downs. New England's defense forced three turnovers and sacked Manning four times. The Patriots started their season by scoring 24 points in each of their first two drives. 

    They struggled offensively in the second half, scoring just three points while recording only one more first down than Denver did in the same time frame. The Patriots rushed for 202 yards and allowed the Broncos to record 21 first downs. Their defense forced one turnover (Broncos fumble) and sacked Manning seven times.

    In his first game of the season, Manning started by throwing two touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the first quarter. The Texans scored on their second drive to get within two points.

    After punts by both teams, the Broncos scored another touchdown to increase their lead to 11 points. The Texans went three-and-out on their next drive but got the ball back on a Denver fumble with 1:03 left in the half, which led to a Houston field goal. 

    After another punt by both teams, Manning completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Sanders with 27 seconds left in the half, which put Denver up 24-10 at halftime.

    After a Denver punt, the Texans scored on their first drive of the second half to make it 24-17. The Broncos defense forced a Houston punt, and on the next drive Manning completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Sanders to increase Denver's lead to 31-17. 

    On the Texans' next possession they committed their fifth penalty of the game, which led to a three-and-out. Following an exchange of punts, the Broncos scored on an 11-play, 80 yard drive that took up nearly six minutes and ended with Ronnie Hillman's 1-yard touchdown run.

    The Texans got into scoring range with nine minutes left in regulation but ended up turning over the ball on downs when J. J. Watt and Brian Cushing both sacked Osweiler in the end zone for a safety.

     The Texans regained possession with 2:40 left and Osweiler put together a 13-play, 75-yard drive to bring them to the Broncos 32 yard line, but on the next play he threw an interception to Bradley Roby and was unable to lead a game-tying drive.

    Osweiler finished 26 of 55 for 260 yards, three interceptions, and two touchdowns. His 55 attempts broke a franchise record that was previously held by Matt Schaub (51). Denver's defense had five sacks and two forced fumbles. 

    The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to score at least 50 points and allow 0 points in a playoff game, as well as the first team to win a playoff game having trailed by 17+ points at any point during the game.

    The Broncos' victory was marred by injuries to several key players. Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe suffered a seizure after the game and was taken to a hospital via ambulance. 

    Defensive end and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, who had two sacks and three forced fumbles in the game, injured his ankle. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware injured his back. 

    Starting safety T. J. Ward broke his forearm. Backup tight end Jeff Heuerman was lost for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice on January 26th.

    The game was also Osweiler's last with the Broncos, as he was waived by the team on March 9, 2017 to make room for roster moves before free agency began on March 9th as well.

    With the win, the Broncos advanced to the AFC Championship game for the sixth consecutive year. They will play at New England, who defeated them in the AFC Championship Game on January 19th of last year. The Broncos have not hosted a playoff game since 2005, and have not won a playoff game at home since 1999 (the same season they last won Super Bowl XXXIII).

    This would be Gary Kubiak's final playoff victory as head coach of the Broncos, as he retired from coaching following a second straight loss in an AFC championship game with Denver.

    Both teams would make significant changes in their coaching staff following the loss, as both Gary Kubiak and John Fox would be fired. Fox went on to be hired by the Carolina Panthers as head coach, while Kubiak accepted a position with the Houston Texans as offensive coordinator.

    The Broncos' longtime running back Terrell Davis retired after a second consecutive season-ending injury. As of 2019, this is his final game with the Broncos.

    In week 5, Brandon Marshall set the all-time record for most receiving yards by a player in his first four games played when he had 251 yards and 2 touchdowns against Miami on Sunday Night Football.

    This game would also be considered a pivotal game for the Broncos, as this was the last time that they hosted a divisional round playoff game. They would not host an AFC divisional game again until 2015.


    The Broncos advanced to the AFC Championship for the 6th consecutive year. They faced off against the 6–0 New England Patriots, who defeated them 20–18 in last year's wildcard playoff game.

    Both teams would make significant changes to their coaching staff following the loss, as Fox went on to be hired by Carolina, while Kubiak accepted a position with Houston as offensive coordinator.

    The Broncos' longtime running back Terrell Davis also retired following a second consecutive season-ending injury. 

    In the last game of his career, Peyton Manning became the oldest player to throw a touchdown pass in a postseason game at 40 years and 222 days old. In doing so, he broke Brett Favre's record of 40 years and 219 days old which was set in 2007. 

    Manning also set the NFL record for most career postseason passing yards, breaking Steve Young's previous record of 6,239 yards (Manning finished with 6,326). Despite throwing 4 touchdowns in this game, he would go on to lose his final playoff game as a starter after losing Super Bowl XLVIII to the Seattle Seahawks 3–43. 

    This would be the final game Peyton Manning played in, as he would retire following the season.

    With the win, Denver advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII where they faced off against the 3–0 Seattle Seahawks.

    In their first ever Super Bowl appearance, Denver routed Seattle 26–20 behind a strong performance by Peyton Manning and a bone-jarring hit by Woodson that temporarily knocked receiver Percy Harvin out of the game with a concussion. 

    Despite losing in his first ever appearance as a starter to one of his greatest rivals, Peyton Manning had an incredible performance and threw for 4 touchdowns.

    The 49ers Top 5 Running Backs are Injured

    The 49ers' Top 5 Running Backs are Injured:

    Barry Sanders has had a bittersweet career. On one hand, he has won three NFL rushing titles, two Rookie of the year awards, and two Super Bowls. 

    On the other hand, doctors have said that he is risking serious injury by continuing his football career at his age. So what can fans do to support Barry Sanders?

    The answer is simple: donate to Sanders' foundation or buy one of his books. The money will go toward saving football, and saving Barry Sanders' life.

    As of right now, the Barry Sanders Foundation is almost halfway to its $1 million goal. While that number may seem large, it is nothing compared to the amount of money that could be lost if Barry Sanders retires.

    Barry Sanders has been a role model for millions, whether they knew him or not. He did not start off as some star running back; he started off as the best high school football player in the state of Oklahoma and then he won the Heisman trophy (the highest award possible for an NCAA player).

    The 49ers could have a serious problem on its hands if Sanders retires. Fans will not be able to find their favorite players, since the 49ers are constantly losing running backs to injury and free agency.

    Barry Sanders is the best running back in the league, and one of the best to ever play the game.

    Sanders was recently made aware of how much money he has made through his charity, but that means nothing when compared to what he could lose by retiring. It is rumored that he will retire at some point in his career because of his knee injuries.  

    He already has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (a torn ACL).  If he retires, and his knees do not get any better, the only way Sanders might be able to play again is if he had another ACL or ligament reconstruction surgery.

    Sanders has been a role model for millions of people around the country for many years. Players who watched him on Sunday were inspired to try out for the NFL and make it their goal to play football. He was a star in college, but even more so in the pros. Many great NFL running backs came from high school and junior high schools because of Sanders' example. 

    In his ten year career, Sanders ran for over 10,000 yards and scored over 1,500 Touchdowns. He was named First-team All-Pro five times and Second-team All-Pro seven times.

     He was selected to the 1970s All Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was voted to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team by CBS Sportsline. Sanders was named First Team All Pro 6 times and Second team all pro 3 times. He had a record of 17 straight 1,000 yard seasons in his first 5 years in the league (1969–74.).

    Sanders essentially revolutionized it during a time when most teams played with two backs and three tight ends or even only one back. The other backs of that era were big, short-yardage power runners who were used in heavy sets. 

    Sanders started getting a lot more carries, and was thereby able to break off long runs more often. He had a rare combination of speed, power and elusiveness and was very difficult to tackle. 

    Sanders ran right through the opposing defense's tackles rather than trying to juke them, as Walter Payton did years later with far less success. Sanders had many exciting runs where he would just run over defenders instead of around them. 

    An interesting fact is that Walter Payton never once led the NFL in rushing yards during his career while Barry ran for over 1,500 yards three times from the mid 70's through the end of his career in 1988.

    Sanders' outside runs were sometimes deflected by defensive linemen, but he carried them or their teammates as far as ten yards downfield before pushing himself off of them. Sanders possessed great body control, balance and leaping ability. He was very agile, able to sidestep a tackler rather than run around him. 

    In short bursts he could accelerate from zero to his top speed in a very short time. He once scored on a run of over 80 yards in which he only made three cuts—left end, middle and right end—in which he turned the corner each time. Sanders had very good hands. He caught a lot of passes, 29 in his double-digit season (1978).

    He nearly always played with the intensity and passion that was expected of him. On one occasion, Sanders and former teammate Gary Anderson were locked in a tight game against the Chargers late in the 4th quarter. 

    With 12 minutes left to play he became so angry at himself for not winning a yard through four carries that he took off his helmet and threw it on the ground three times. He later ran right up to Anderson to apologize.

    Honest Assessment of the 49ers Running Backs

    On July 22nd, the San Francisco 49ers announced that Carlos Hyde would be released from their team. The newest running back on the team is Matt Breida.

    Matt Breida is a 5'11" running back from Georgia Southern University, who had 1247 rushing yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in his senior year. He is coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

    He will be competing with the following running backs:

    Jerick McKinnon: A four-year veteran at the age of 26, McKinnon gained 570 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season with the Minnesota Vikings. He signed a four-year deal worth $30 million this offseason to join San Francisco as their starting running back.

    Michael Wilhoite: Wilhoite will be entering his ninth year in the NFL this fall. He played his rookie season in 2010 at the age of 24 and was not a full time starter until 2014. In 2018, he played as a backup to Reuben Foster, and only started one game due to Foster's injury.

    Matt Breida: The newest member of the 49ers, Matt Breida comes from Georgia Southern University and is undrafted. Prior to getting drafted, he had 1247 yards rushing and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in his senior year. He will be competing with Jerick McKinnon for the starting running back position.

    Average touches per game:

    These past few months, the running backs have been sticking together. When the season begins, Hyde will join McKinnon and Breida in order to form what could be called a committee or committee style offense.

    On May 17th, 2019, The 49ers released Carlos Hyde from their roster. They said that he would be eligible for the 2019 NFL Free Agent Draft.

    On July 22nd, the San Francisco 49ers released Breida from their roster as well. They did not say why Breida was released but only confirmed that Breida would be available for selection during Week 1 of the NFL Draft.

    On September 10th, the 49ers signed Breida to a contract extension. The extension was for 5-years and $31 million. It includes $18 million guaranteed and will carry a maximum value of $43 million.

    These players were on the San Francisco 49ers roster during training camp. They were not on the Week 1 53-man roster but have spent time on the practice squad:

    The San Francisco 49ers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018 offseason:

    The San Francisco 49ers' preseason opponents and schedule was announced March 21, 2018. The regular season schedule was announced April 26, 2018.

    The 49ers began their season on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, who were playing in the NFL's first game of 2018. The 49ers had fallen behind 10–0, with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffering a knee injury and being forced to leave the game. 

    However, unlike previous weeks where they had fallen behind early and could not recover, the 49ers fought back to take a 16–14 lead with 2 minutes left in regulation.

     Unfortunately, it all fell apart when Jalen Hurd ran for a touchdown on fourth down to put the Vikings up 21–16. The Vikings won 24–16 and improved to 6-0 since losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a serious knee injury in late 2016.

    After their loss to the Vikings, the 49ers were off to a 1–3 start and were 2-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers trailed 14-10 at halftime but outscored the Seahawks 20–3 in the second half. 

    Despite this, they came up short, eventually losing 30–22. The Seahawks improved to 7-0 since losing quarterback Russell Wilson (and also head coach Pete Carroll) in Super Bowl XLIX.

    After defeating their division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams 46-26 on "Thursday Night Football", the 49ers entered a bye week with a 3-1 record for their first real winning season in three years.

    Following the bye week, the 49ers took on the Arizona Cardinals and won 34-20. Even with Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard both playing well in the game, they struggled to beat the Cardinals and lost despite outgaining them on both offense and defense by 123 yards.

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    Why the 49ers Will Go as Far as Their Running Backs Take Them

    The 49ers will go as far as their running backs take them. The 49ers need to keep that in mind when they venture into the upcoming season. They had a chance to grab some very talented runners in the draft like Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt, but they failed to do so.

     They didn't really address the running back position until the 7th round, where they drafted Joe Williams. This is a bit concerning considering how crucial each running backs success is to the team and their success overall.

    The 49ers need to realize that Carlos Hyde was a big reason for their resurgence last year. He had a great season and helped get rid of the bad memories of Frank Gore. When someone thinks of 49ers running backs, they think of Frank Gore, who had some historical seasons with San Francisco. 

    He retired at the end of last season and left behind quite a legacy for new players to live up to. In order for Hyde to be as successful as he was, he needs more support from other players on offense. Frank Gore was a huge part of the support that helped make him successful.

    "The 49ers need to realize that Carlos Hyde was a big reason for their resurgence last year."

    Gore's ability to be effective in short yardage situations, as well as act as a safety valve for Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith played a big role in the success of the 49er offense. The team must realize that they shouldn't put too much on Hyde's shoulders. 

    The team has strong wide receivers such as Pierre Garcon, who is coming off an 8-touchdown season, and rising star tight end George Kittle, who looked very promising at just 24 years of age last season on limited touches.

    The 49ers may have some success on the ground and in the air, but they need to realize that those are just small parts of the larger machine that is their offense. 

    The bottom line is that this team needs four or five running backs and at least one wide receiver who can be a consistent threat, so offensive coordinator Jimmy Garoppolo can trust his receivers and his running backs to make plays.

    They do have a quarterback who can make plays with his feet. 49ers fans will get to see Jimmy Garoppolo for the second time this season when they travel to New England for their Week 2 matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

    Will the 49ers Draft a Running Back No Later than Round 3?

    In the 2014 NFL Draft for the San Francisco 49ers, running back Marcus Lattimore was taken in round three. Will Lattimore be the next big thing for a franchise that has recently been on a downward spiral of losing seasons and close games?

    Will the 49ers draft a running back no later than round 3?

    Throughout the past five years, there has been a pattern of drafting running backs early and often. The late rounds have been used to pick up guys like Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James.

     With Frank Gore having reached his prime, can Marcus Lattimore be the silver lining for a franchise that needs something to bring it back to glory?

    If you were 49ers' general manager Trent Baalke, would you draft a running back in the first two rounds or does value simply not present itself at such an important position?

    In my opinion, the 49ers should look into drafting a running back before round three but with their first selection. With the technology that is in place today and with the age of the players being younger, it is possible for a running back to make a comeback from an injury such as Lattimore's.

    If Baalke decides not to draft a running back in the first two rounds, there could be great value in adding a running back later on.

     Running backs like Orleans Darkwa, Terrence West and Storm Johnson could prove to be great additions later on. They all have solid upside in their game and could learn a thing or two from Frank Gore.

    The 49ers obviously have their main man in Gore and Hunter would be a great complement for him. I think the idea of drafting a running back should be in the 49ers' mind but with Gore still being productive and Lattimore coming off of injury, they need to tread carefully.

    Evaluating the 49ers’ Future at Running Back

    "Evaluating the 49ers’ Future at Running Back": A few years ago, the San Francisco 49ers signed running back Jerick McKinnon, who has had a solid career in the NFL. 

    The signing of McKinnon was considered by many to be an attempt by the team to address their current wide receiver corps. The 49ers are still looking for their next home-run signing at wide receiver, and it is uncertain how they will do this moving forward.

    Incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo took over at quarterback for a game earlier this season after being traded by New England, leading them to a 39-33 win over Arizona. 

    Despite his success in that game and past history with Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Garoppolo has not been looked at as the long-term option under center.

    With their current situation at running back, many are expecting the Niners to invest in premier options with both the top pick and mid-round picks in the upcoming draft.

     These options include Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson, Clemson running back Andre Dillard and Florida State running back Nyheim Hines.

    A potential trade to acquire Barkley is also a possibility going forward. The New York Giants are in prime position to select him with the second or third pick in the draft. If the Niners want Barkley and the Giants pick Barkley, a trade for the running back would be imminent.

    On one hand, it is clear that rushing yards are at a premium in today’s NFL. But on the other hand, we see that there is no need to overspend on a running back when any of these players can be had mid-to-late in the first round or early second round. 

    The Niners have also made it clear that they want to move forward without Jerick McKinnon and his $3 million contract next season.

    When you think of a running back, you may think of a guy who runs the ball up and down the field. But in today’s NFL, running backs need to be complete weapons for their offenses. They must be able to keep defenses honest in the pass game and also be able to gain yards on the ground.

     RBs have become increasingly vital in today’s NFL and it will take more than just one player at this position to create a dynamic run-pass attack.


    The "ADVANCED TRAINING FOR FAST BOWLERS| HOW TO IMPROVE RUN UP FOLLOW THROUGH AND ARM ROTATION|DRILLS" by Coach Don Secker is a rhythmic training program that is designed to teach good form and speeding up the players arms at release. He goes through various drills in order to help the player in their training. 

    The author introduces a few of these drills by first speaking about the setting of a proper technique for the how-to-improve process, then it goes into detail on each individual drill.

    Coach Secker talks about how they will go into half length while performing some repeated arm rotations. They will then go into full length as they go into repetitions. The coach describes how he wants players to perform a proper run up as well as arm swing.

    The Fast Bowlers arm swing is designed to help improve their bowler speed and accuracy. He goes over each drill in detail for the three main steps of the training program that are critical for improvement: Run Up, Follow Through, and Arm Rotation.

    The author gives a step-by-step explanation of his program and how it is easy to get started. There are various drills that help players improve their bowling abilities in a short amount of time. 

    This article is great for bowlers looking for an advanced technique on learning how to achieve maximum bowl speeds with proper form and technique.




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