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Chiefs running back Carlos Hyde may not make Kansas City’s final roster

Carlos Hyde, 49ers

Last week, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that fans should expect a running back by committee rushing attack in 2019. One may expect Carlos Hyde to be a part of that committee. But, after a rushing the balls twice for two yards and a score in the Chiefs’ 2019 preseason debut, that may not happen.

The Athletic’s Nate Taylor unleashed his newest Chiefs 53-man roster prediction on Thursday with a running back group of Damien Williams, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson, and Tremon Smith. No Hyde. His reasoning:

“Carlos Hyde is not on the roster since he still needs to prove that he’s capable of making the Chiefs’ offense better. Hyde’s two rushing attempts for two yards, albeit with one touchdown, against the Bengals didn’t reveal much. Hyde can find his way back on the roster with a good performance against the Steelers.”

Taylor swapped Hyde for Smith, who is converting from cornerback to running back after handling receiving duties in 2018.

A former second-round pick out of Ohio State, Hyde (aka “El Guapo”) spent the first four years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2016 and 2017, Hyde ran for 900+ yards in each season, with 2016 being his breakout, as he ran for 988 and six touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry.

Since 2017, Hyde has played with three separate teams. The running back signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 free agency and lasted six games before Nick Chubb overtook him. The Jacksonville Jaguars then traded a fifth-round pick for Hyde to rush for 189 yards on 3.3 yards per carry in eight games.

The Jaguars released Hyde in the 2019 offseason. He signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Chiefs a day later.