49ers RB Kendall Hunter says his knee is feeling good
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/3/15) After missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL, 49ers running back Kendall Hunter appears to be over the injury, reports the team's official website.
"He's coming along great," coach Jim Tomsula said. "I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall… but we definitely have a rep count on him. You've got to keep him corralled, but he's moving around really quick."
While Kendall is still receiving treatment on the knee, he said it's mostly just for maintenance purposes.
"Once you hurt something, you nurse it even if it isn't hurt," he said. "Just to stay healthy and be ready to go."
Niners RBs Kendall Hunter, Carlos Hyde vying for featured role
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/1/15) From 2006 through last year, there was no question about who would assume the featured back role for the 49ers.
It was Frank Gore. Period.
Times have changed. Gore has moved on to Indianapolis. Second-year back Carlos Hyde is his heir apparent, but the job will not be handed to him on a silver platter. The team added Reggie Bush in free agency, drafted Mike Davis in the fourth round and still has Kendall Hunter.
The latter is intriguing. He sat out 2014 with a torn ACL, but rushed for more yards in each of his first three seasons than the 333 Hyde recorded last year. And Hunter is fully recovered.
"He's coming along great," Jim Tomsula told CSNBayArea.com. "I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall. You see him out there moving. He's moving around great. But we definitely have a rep count on him. ... You've got to keep him corralled. But he's moving around really quick."
Hunter has 1,202 yards (4.6 average) and seven touchdowns in 43 career games.
Tomsula believes the 49ers are covered at running back no matter who emerges to earn the bulk of the work.
"I'm not talking depth charts or anything right now, but they're all getting after it."
All except Hyde, who has been sidelined for a couple weeks with a minor pull in his leg (not his hamstring). Tomsula said if it were the regular season, he would be active.
Kendall Hunter running again, working out with 49ers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/15) Running back Kendall Hunter is eight months into his rehab from an ACL tear. He's able to run again and is working out with the 49ers.
"We have Kendall coming back, who a lot of people forget about," quarterback Colin Kaepernick said, per the Sacramento Bee.
Tomsula: Reggie Bush can be 'an every-down back'
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/15) The 49ers didn't sign running back Reggie Bush to be "a gadget guy," coach Jim Tomsula told reporters, per the San Jose Mercury News. "Reggie Bush is a running back, and I’m really excited about Reggie joining the crew."
Added Tomsula: "Reggie can be an every down back. He’s done that in the NFL, OK? I don’t know [that] we’re looking that way. Reggie is a very good space player, OK? Reggie can, it’s well documented, his skil set on third down. Reggie, I mean, he’s a running back.”
Bush joins Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter in the backfield. The 30-year-old Bush was released after two seasons with the Lions.
49ers RB Kendall Hunter signs one-year extension
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/3/14) 49ers running back Kendall Hunter signed a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season, the team announced. Hunter is on IR recovering from a torn ACL.
Kendall Hunter is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in training camp last season, and he's hoping to be the primary backup to Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush. The 49ers backfield is different this season with Frank Gore gone as a free agent to the Colts, and the team will open training camp with Hyde and Bush as the top two options on the depth chart. Hunter and rookie Mike Davis will compete for the backup job, and Hunter could be the odd man out. Prior to getting hurt last season, Hunter spent the previous three years the main backup to Gore. He averaged over 4.6 yards per carry for 2012 and 2013, and he scored five touchdowns over that span. Hunter, if given a chance, could still be a vital part of San Francisco's backfield, but his only chance at Fantasy relevance would be Hyde and/or Bush struggling or getting hurt. Ignore Hunter in the majority of leagues on Draft Day.