49ers news: Depth chart lists Tevin Coleman behind Matt Breida
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49ers depth chart lists Tevin Coleman behind Matt Breida

Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers release their first depth chart of the season on Tuesday, and some of the positions may surprise you. Among them, the depth chart lists Tevin Coleman behind Matt Breida at running back.

Earlier this offseason, San Francisco signed Coleman to a two-year, $10 million contract during free agency. Coleman spent the first four seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons; where Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator from 2015-2017.

Under Shanahan, Coleman had one of his most efficient seasons in 2016. The versatile running back finished with 941 yards, 11 total touchdowns, and 6.3 yards per touch. That same season, the Falcons reached the Super Bowl but infamously blew a 28-3 lead.

Now, instead of Devonta Freeman, Coleman will be forming a backfield duo of him and Matt Breida. Breida is entering his third season in San Francisco after starting in 13 games for the team in 2018.

Last season, Breida finished with 814 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He also added 27 receptions, 261 yards, and two touchdowns through the air.

This past weekend, the 49ers placed Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve for the second-straight season. San Francisco signed McKinnon to a deal worth $30 million over four years prior to the 2018 season.

Due to his injury, it seems as if the rushing duties will be split between Breida and Coleman. For the time being, Breida is listed as the starter on the depth chart for media purposes.

In a Shanahan offense, that doesn’t mean much; as he tends to utilize a ton of two running-back sets. Therefore, expect to see both Breida and Coleman on the field together in multiple situations.