The 49ers are set up for the end of Frank Gore’s career with the selections of Carlos Hyde this year and Marcus Lattimore last year. While Gore is still the starter this season, Hyde should get plenty of action, especially in short-yardage situations. GM Trent Baalke has often talked about wanting to get away from a back who carries the entire load. Hyde will try to make the 49ers re-think that philosophy.
Kendall Hunter is still on the roster as well, so the 49ers have three competent running backs behind the venerable Frank Gore. He typically outplays his draft position, but it's going to be tough for him to maintain the 18.1 touches he has seen over the past two seasons.