| Running Back, San Francisco 49ers
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|Draft: 2006 Round 1 (2)
DOB: 1985-03-02 Age: 30
|After five mostly injury-plagued and somewhat disappointing seasons in New Orleans, Bush was traded to the Dolphins prior to training camp last season. Most pundits expected that Bush would continue to tease with his potential and fall short of the lofty expectations that accompanied him based on his outstanding college career, culminating in the Saints drafting him with the 2nd overall pick in the 2006 draft. Although Miamiís oft-stated objective was to make Bush a workhorse back, that was met with much skepticism given that the team had traded up in the 2nd round to acquire Kansas State product Daniel Thomas. Bush started the season slowly, gaining just 243 rushing yards, 97 receiving yards and scoring once in the teamís first six games. After that, he came on strong, rushing for 854 yards and six touchdowns while chipping in 199 receiving yards over last nine games. During that stretch, he topped 100 rushing yards five times, including his final four games, and hit double-digit fantasy points eight times. In 15 games (he sat out Week 17 with a knee injury), Bush set career-highs in rushing attempts with 217 (60 more than his previous high set in 2007), rushing yards with 1,097 and rushing touchdowns with six. The Dolphins scaled back his involvement in the passing game and he averaged fewer than three receptions per game for the first time in his career. For 2012, Bush rates as a risky high-end RB2 and it will be a surprise if he matches the 11th place running back ranking he had in 2011 given the new west coast offense being installed by head coach Joe Philbin. Expect Bush to be more of a hybrid back with less running up the middle or more time spent slit out wide as a receiver.
| Reggie Bush to sit out of tilt with Steelers -- Fri Sep 18 4:35 pm --|
49ers' RB dealing with calf strain
|Reggie Bush, who suffered a left calf strain in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opening win against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, will not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Niners coach Jim Tomsula announced Friday. "We're going to leave him back here, let him get the treatment," Tomsula said. "Make sure it's 100 percent before we move [forward with him] there. Feel great about it being 100 percent fast too." Bush had not practiced this week but was seen walking without a limp in the team's locker room Thursday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Under the bright lights of Monday night football, Carlos Hyde showed that he's a more than capable workhorse back, taking 26 totes for 168 yards and a pair of TDs. While Bush is out, Hyde should remain in line for 25-plus touches per game, and is always a must-start.
| RB Kendall Hunter placed on IR -- Sat Sep 5 3:45 pm --|
Still recovering from ACL injury last season
|Kendall Hunter is headed back to injured reserve. Hunter missed all of last season with a torn ACL, but was able to return to practice this summer and played in the teamís final two preseason games. Apparently that wasnít enough to convince the team that heís well enough to help them this season and the 2011 fourth-rounder will miss a second straight year. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Mike Davis are now locked in as the No.1, No.2, and No.3 running backs respectively for the 49ers.
|Rugby star turned RB continues to shine for 49ers -- Fri Sep 4 4:00 pm --|
Shifty runner Jarryd Hayne giving his all to earn roster spot
|Only a few weeks ago, former Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne was a blip on the NFL map. Predicted to bomb out in his rookie preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, Hayne instead has been doing everything right to assure him a final spot in the roster. Thursday night he did it again, running up the sideline before pummeling cornerback Lowell Rose. The move, known as a shoulder charge down under, has been banned in rugby league due to its dangerous nature. Hayne did more than just run over players, he also showed some nifty moves and agility to break off a big run. (SB Nation)|
FF Today's Take: Hayne has amassed 175 rushing yards on 25 carries this preseason, good for an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. His inexperience playing football is going to limit any fantasy value he might otherwise have had, but he might be a name worth remembering should Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush both prove ineffective.
|Joique Bell still atop depth chart -- Tue Sep 1 9:50 am --|
Lions RB listed as No. 1 -- for now
|Joique Bell was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday, and immediately returned to the first-unit offense ahead of Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner, Theo Riddick and George Winn. He was listed first on the depth chart, too, though he is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against Buffalo (Mlive.com)|
FF Today's Take: Bell rushed 223 times for a career-best 860 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns in 2015, eclipsing Reggie Bush (now with San Fran) as the team's primary tailback. A year later, Bell remains in that role to open this season despite some promising early returns from the talented but raw Abdullah and Zenner -- a former standout at South Dakota State. Bell looks like a good bet for consistent numbers over the first half of the season, with Abdullah getting more early-down work as the season progresses.
|Niners will use camp to figure out backfield -- Mon Aug 3 9:30 pm --|
OC: Does not want "tightly defined roles" at RB
|San Francisco 49ers new OC Geep Chryst has no idea how the 49ers will ultimately attempt to replace RB Frank Gore, who was the main man in the teamís backfield for nearly all of his 10-year run with the franchise.
ďThatís what we need camp to find out,Ē Chryst said.
Carlos Hyde will get an opportunity to be the featured back, but Chryst said he does not want tightly defined roles. He wants Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and Mike Davis to be able to thrive in different roles. (CSN Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: Hyde seems to be a good bet to command early-down work and his fantasy upside could be his current fourth-round ADP, but the odds of him serving as the featured back aren't going to be particularly good since Bush has been one of the better passing-game weapons at running back for several years. The Niners also figure to be trailing more often than they have in recent seasons, which is another reason to let someone else use an early pick on the second-year back.
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