by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The 49ers received minor contributions from several role players during Sunday's win over the Seahawks in Week 14.
In the running game, Kendall Hunter rushed for 16 yards on four carries while Bruce Miller had three carries for six yards. In the passing game, Miller was limited to three receptions for 21 yards. Wide receiver Mario Manningham was targeted four times but finished the game without a grab.
49ers get minor contributions from role players in Week 13
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) The 49ers received minor contributions from a few role players during Sunday's win over the Rams in Week 13.
In the running game, backups Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter each combined for 20 yards on the ground. Dixon had eight carries for 13 yards (1.6 yards per carry) and Hunter had three carries for seven yards (2.3 yards per carry). In the passing game, fullback Bruce Miller chipped in with two catches for 20 yards in a 23-13 victory.
49ers get little from role players
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (11/26/13) 49ers running backs Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon were both held under 15 yards on the ground during Monday's win over the Redskins in Week 12.
Hunter broke for a 4-yard run late in the fourth quarter for his longest gain of the night. He had eight carries for 12 yards (1.5 yards per carry). Dixon rushed for 13 yards on three carries.
Fellow running back LaMichael James was barely involved, as he failed to receive a carry in the running game. In the passing game, he finished without a catch despite being targeted once. Tight end Vance McDonald caught his only targeted pass from Colin Kaepernick for a 23-yard gain.
The 49ers will host the Rams in Week 13.
Several Niners make small offensive contributions on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (11/17/13) 49ers wideout Mario Manningham regressed Sunday from his 2013 debut, when he caught three passes for 30 yards in Week 10 against Carolina. He managed just one grab for 10 yards in the loss to New Orleans.
Manningham was one of several players to make minor contributions against the Saints. Tight end Vance McDonald had one catch for 10 yards, fullback Bruce Miller caught two passes for 8 yards, running back LaMichael James had two receptions for 8 yards and two rushes for 7 yards, and running back Kendall Hunter added one yard on four carries.
Meager production infects many 49ers on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (11/10/13) Fullback Bruce Miller and wideout Kyle Williams both contributed one catch for the 49ers in their loss Sunday to Carolina. Miller gained 10 yards on his first-half snag while Williams went got five on his, also before intermission.
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Kendall Hunter missed the 49ers' run to the Super Bowl last year when his season ended in Week 12 with a ruptured Achilles. Before the injury, Hunter had 72 carries for 371 yards and two touchdowns and nine catches for 60 yards. He's already done some team drills this offseason and should be ready to compete with LaMichael James for the No. 2 job behind Frank Gore when training camp opens. Hunter should have the inside track on James, but even if he wins the job he would only be worth drafting with a late-round pick, especially as a handcuff option for Gore. At some point Gore will falter, and Hunter could be the one to benefit, so keep him on your radar if he's healthy and able to beat out James for the No. 2 spot. (Updated 5/29/13)