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.
Kendall Hunter carries nine times
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (1/12/14) San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter had nine carries against Carolina.
Hunter wasn't a huge part of the game, but helped the team run out the clock late in the game. He finished the game with 27 yards, including a 17 yard run. Hunter will likely get a few carries next week against Seattle.
49ers get contributions from role players Week 17
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/29/13) The 49ers received contributions from several role players during Sunday's win over the Cardinals in Week 17.
Quinton Patton caught two of three passes for 34 yards and had one carry for a gain of 26 yards, which was good enough to lead the team in rushing. Kendall Hunter had two carries for 13 yards while Anthony Dixon rushed for minus-5 yards on two carries and caught two passes for 27 yards. Offensive lineman Joe Staley also had one catch for a 14-yard gain while LaMichael James caught his only targeted pass for 12 yards. Garrett Celek was targeted once but finished without a grab.
Kendall Hunter breaks a long one
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/24/13) 49ers backup running back Kendall Hunter broke off a 45-yard run late in the win over Atlanta. He finished with three carries for 51 yards, his highest yardage total since Week 8.
Hunter was not targeted in the passing game. He'll visit the Cardinals in Week 17.
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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)