The 49ers gave rookie tailback Carlos Hyde the start in Thursday’s exhibition at Baltimore, and on the game’s first series, he proved up to the task.
Hyde racked up 34 yards on three carries on his first professional drive, helping to set up a field goal as San Francisco took an early 3-0 lead.
Hyde’s gains were seven, 19 and eight yards, respectively. On the 19-yarder, a block from fullback Bruce Miller helped him get the corner off left end.
Hyde will likely serve as the primary backup to Frank Gore with Kendall Hunter out for the year. He's a good handcuff for Gore owners and for other owners who are looking for a winning ticket in the middle rounds.