Running back Carlos Hyde answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What’s the focus for you as you enter training camp?
HYDE: Get ready to go. I’m still learning the playbook. I’ve got a good grasp of the playbook, but taking it to the next level with the playbook. This offseason, I was more focused on the passing game because the running back is involved in the passing game, so I was trying to get that part down. Now it’s understanding the running game, understanding how certain runs are blocked and what I should be looking at.
Q: What they ask the running backs to do, how do you think that fits into your style of running?
HYDE: It’s downhill. It’s outside zone, but it’s downhill. I’m a downhill back. I feel like I fit the scheme very well with my ability to get down. I have the opportunity to go out and play receiver and show my hands off.
Q: John Lynch said you’re in tremendous shape. Do you feel you’re in better shape than you were in past years?
HYDE: Yeah. I weighed in today at 228 lbs. This whole summer I was in between 225 lbs. – the lowest I got was 224 lbs. to 228 lbs. This is the lighted I’ve played at since high school. Even in college, I wasn’t this light. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life right now. I feel like I’m ready to go. I can’t wait to get on the field and show off some speed.
Q: Why did you want to get lighter?
HYDE: Just going into this season I wanted to do things different, do something different that I haven’t done. I’ve always played at 230 lbs. and above. I’ve had success playing at that weight before, but I just wanted to do something different. I wanted this whole season to be different.
Q: Are you learning new aspects of your position that maybe you weren’t aware of before?
HYDE: There are a couple things that I’ve learned from the new staff that I didn’t know too much about, and that’s catching the ball and getting up the field immediately. Little stuff like splitting two. Just the whole finishing parting of the game. I think if I would have done a better job of finishing, I would have hit 1,000 yards a lot sooner than waiting until the second-to-last game. I would have been hit 1,000 yards if I would have finished better.
Q: John Lynch said earlier this offseason that you still have some potential the team wants to pull out of you. Have you had conversations with either John or Kyle about you not fully realizing your potential yet?
HYDE: No, I haven’t had any conversations along those lines.
Q: Have you ever sat down with Bobby Turner and either looked at or talked about other backs he has coached in the past? Have you looked at any of those guys and seen aspects of your game in those other runners?
HYDE: No, I haven’t watched any of those guys. The way they played the game is different than how I play the game even though we’re in the same system. The way I run the ball is different than how they ran the ball and how they approached the game is different. So, I haven’t watched any of those guys. I just worry about me.
Q: What are you goals for this season?
HYDE: My goal is to be the No. 1 running back in this league. I feel like I have the best opportunity to do that now with this new staff. That’s my mindset going into this season – to be No. 1 at the end of this season.