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49ers could keep four active RBs for game days

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The San Francisco 49ers recently added yet another running back to the fold while signing former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman to a free agent contract. With current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan previously serving as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta, it hardly comes as a surprise that Coleman ultimately chose San Francisco despite the fact that the team houses a multitude of running back at the moment.

Even so, it appears as though the 49ers will carry four active running backs on most game days.

“I think we’re in a situation right now, just looking at our roster, that I think it could make a lot of sense this year,” Shanahan recently said, via NBC Sports Bay Area.

In addition to Coleman, the 49ers also have the services at Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert at the running back position. All four have proven to be useful over the years while the 49ers appear primed to use each one in order to maintain a successful rushing attack.

“Those are my brothers now,” Coleman said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’ll go out there and have fun together and play ball and compete together.”

It is also worth noting that all three of Coleman’s new teammates have encountered some injury troubles along the way with McKinnon enduring the most notable setback. McKinnon infamously suffered a season-ending knee injury before the start of last season, his first as a member of the 49ers. On the other hand, Breida had some trouble with his ankle with Mostert sustained a fractured forearm.