by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (6/25/14) Despite the attention drawn by rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year pro Marcus Lattimore, running back Kendall Hunter remains the favorite to back up Frank Gore, reports CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers trust him in pass protection and he's averaged 4.6 yards per carry in three seasons backing up Gore.
"Until Hyde or Lattimore prove themselves, the 49ers’ coaching staff is going to stick with Hunter because they know he can be trusted," the report said.
Hunter is entering the last year of his rookie deal.
Kendall Hunter taking first-team reps
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (6/4/14) While veteran running back Frank Gore has been watching OTA practices this week, the 49ers have given first-team reps to Kendall Hunter according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
"Kendall looks good," linebacker Patrick Willis said. "I've always been a fan of his since he came in. Him and Frank in that backfield, those two are very dangerous. (Kendall) is quick. He told me today, he said, 'Pat, you're everywhere.' I said, 'I've got to be when you're back there, you move fast.' I know he's going to be a big-time contributor for us this year."
Kendall Hunter expected to open season as No. 2 back
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/19/14)Kendall Hunter likely will be the 49ers' No. 2 running back behind Frank Gore, at least for the first half of the season, reports the Sacramento Bee. The paper expects Hunter to remain ahead of Marcus Lattimore and second-round rookie Carlos Hyde.
Lattimore sat out last season while rehabbing from a devastating knee injury. "The 49ers still don't know exactly what they have in Marcus Lattimore," the report said.
Kendall Hunter in line for contract extension?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/27/14) 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is entering the final year of his rookie deal and warrants consideration for a contract extension, according to CSNBayArea.com. While Hunter played fewer than 20 percent of the offensive snaps last season, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry and "appears to have value to the 49ers in the future" as part of a three-headed monster at running back, the report said.
49ers receive little from role players
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (1/20/14) The 49ers received minor production offensively from role players in Sunday's 23-17 loss the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.
Kendall Hunter finished as the team's second-leading rusher with 16 yards on three carries (5.3 yards per carry). Vance McDonald and Quinton Patton each finished with one grab. McDonald caught a 13-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, and was not involved the rest of the way. Patton had a 2-yard reception in the second quarter.
07/02/2014 15:27 2014 Fantasy Outlooks: San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have a chip on their shoulder based on how last year ended. Our Jamey Eisenberg thinks big things could be in store for the upcoming season.
Kendall Hunter will compete with Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore to be the No. 2 running back for the 49ers this season behind Frank Gore. That could be an important role since Gore, 31, could start to wear down or have a reduced workload. Hunter was the No. 2 running back in 2013, and he finished with 78 carries for 358 yards and three touchdowns and two catches for 13 yards. He didn't have enough consistent work to warrant use in most Fantasy leagues, but he could get more work this year if he can hold off Hyde and Lattimore in training camp. We expect Hyde or Lattimore, if healthy, to have a prominent role, but Hunter has experience and trust of the coaching staff. If he does open the season No. 2 on the depth chart then spend a late-round pick on him, especially if you draft Gore.