“A talented and extremely elusive runner, Hyde has one year left on a contract signed three head coaches ago.”
-Gregg Rosenthal, Around the NFL
There has been some early talk about whether or not former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde will make it through the 49ers training camp and onto their final 53-man roster. While he still has one year left on his rookie contract — seriously, it feels like he’s been in the NFL forever — he’s playing for his fourth head coach in as many years in the league.
All that turnover, coupled with his long history of injuries — nine, including two concussions and a late-season MCL tear in 2016 —, creates some doubt moving forward with the running back. Hyde will be looking for a longterm deal after the year, but will need to have consistent results throughout the season to garner any sort of big money interest.
So far, it looks like Hyde is impressing early in the fall, but the final roster cuts have yet to be made. The 49ers traded up during the 2017 NFL Draft to snag rookie rusher Joe Williams, which created a bit of urgency for Hyde heading into camp.
John Lynch with praise for #49ers RB Carlos Hyde:— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) July 27, 2017
"Carlos Hyde looks tremendous. He's really dedicated himself."
There’s still a lot of mileage left in Hyde, having only seen snaps in 34 games over the past three seasons, but he’ll need to stay healthy if he has any shot of extending his career.
"When the Bills brought Cardale Jones in to tell him he was traded to the Chargers, he began crying. He began crying tears of joy"
-Adam Schefter, via Mike & Mike, ESPN Radio
Old 12-gauge spent his rookie season in the NFL as the third-string option for the Buffalo Bills behind Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel. Despite his ranking, he had a good rapport with head coach Rex Ryan and was still considered a future option for the team.
Then, the Bills decided to part ways with Ryan and ended up drafting another rookie quarterback during the 2017 NFL Draft. With another QB competition getting ready to heat up, Jones was called into the front office and told that he was traded — for a conditional draft pick -- to the Los Angeles Chargers.
From feet of snow to sand-filled beaches, the move to the West Coast apparently made the Buckeye very happy. Not only would he be joining former teammates Joey Bosa and Joshua Perry in Los Angeles, but he’d have a chance to be the automatic No. 2 guy behind Philip Rivers.
“With the Bills set to start training camp this week, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington took care of some legal business on Monday.”
-Josh Alper, ProFootball Talk
Earlier in July, Buckeye Adolphus Washington was cited with improperly carrying a concealed weapon after a scary encounter with Cincinnati police.
A police report cited above by ProFootball Talk, says Washington “reached for and displayed a gun while sitting inside his vehicle, just feet away from officers.” Video of encounter was later released, showing the police officer telling the Buckeye how lucky he was that the situation didn’t escalate after seeing his firearm.
“I believe the charges are factually and legally inappropriate,” Washington’s attorney Clyde Bennett told Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “I don’t believe that Mr. Washington committed any crimes. That is why we have filed a motion to dismiss. Our intent and plan is to have the charges against him dismissed.”
Washington has a pre-trial hearing set for August 1, after pleading not guilty to the misdemeanor charge earlier this week.
- Bad news for the Colts — and for the oft-injured Malik Hooker. Having spent most of the spring in an arm sling, and being unable to perform in any of rookie camp or OTAs, this is another big blow for the rookie who only has one year of college experience under his belt. Hooker was expected to play a big role in the Colts secondary right away, but this might have put a wrench in that plan.
Colts first-round pick Malik Hooker tweaked his hamstring during conditioning test and has been placed on PUP.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2017
- And in the random news realm, it doesn’t look like rookie offensive weapon Curtis Samuel has used his contract money on a new ride just yet.
Curtis Samuel got dropped off by his mom. Smart rookie move. She's proudly watching. #panthers #NFLTrainingCamp @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/1Ee9JA0T45— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) July 25, 2017