Hyde con­cerned with get­ting win, not new con­tract

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - 49ERS By CamIn­man cin­man@ ba­yare­anews­group.com

SANTA CLARA » De­fend­ing his quar­ter­back in a fight got Car­los Hyde fined by the NFL. But it also in­gra­ti­ated him fur­ther with the 49ers brass, and that could pay off with a con­tract ex­ten­sion be­fore free agency.

For now, Hyde doesn’t want to dis­cuss a new deal. “I spoke tomy agent about it, but I told himI­don’t want to talk­a­bout con­tract ex­ten­sions or any­thing like that right now,” Hyde said Thurs­day.

“I want to focus on get­ting our first win, fin­ish­ing the sea­son off. I told him if we get to that point, then we can talk about it.”

Hyde fig­ures to be one of the league’s most cov­eted run­ning backs if he hits free agency in March.

When the 49ers (0-9) host the New York Gi­ants (1-7) on Sun­day, Hyde will look for only his sec­ond 100-yard rush­ing game this sea­son. He’ll also look to pad re­ceiv- ing to­tals that al­ready are at a ca­reer high. And he’ll look out again for his quar­ter­back, whether that’s C. J. Beathard in a fourth straight start or Jimmy Garop­polo in a sur­prise de­but.

Beathard en­dured five sacks and 16 hits last game against Ari­zona, not in­clud­ing a hard tackle on a fourth- quar­ter scram­ble that ig­nited the fra­casHyde rushed to join.

“I don’t want my quar­ter­back to take those hits,” Hyde said. “You can come try to hit me. Don’t try to hit the quar­ter­back. Leave the quar­ter­back alone.

“The quar­ter­back should be clean. He shouldn’t have any bruises or any­thing. He should be good to go af­ter the game.”

Hyde con­firmed he will ap­peal his fine, which the NFL Net­work re­ported as a $ 9,115 penalty for un­sports­man­like con­duct rather than the $ 30,387 charge for fight­ing.

Af­ter Hyde got ejected, gen­eral man­ager John Lynch was seen com­mend­ing Hyde, who said: “He was just more hyped about me stick­ing up formy quar­ter­back, stick­ing up for my team­mates. Pretty much tired of the late hits on the quar­ter­back, ref­er­ees not do­ing any­thing about it. I’m def­i­nitely tired of see­ing it.”

Hyde’s nine re­cep­tions in that 20-10 loss boosted his sea­son to­tal to 40, the most of his four-year ca­reer. That ranks him third among run­ning backs, be­hind Carolina Pan­thers’ and ex- Stan­ford star Chris­tian McCaf­frey (54 re­cep­tions) and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ James White (43).

With 494 rush­ing yards, Hyde is not on pace for his first 1,000-yard sea­son, but his 762 all-pur­pose yards rank sev­enth in the league.

“I love play­ing re­ceiver,” Hyde said. “I feel I fi­nally got the op­por­tu­nity now to showcase my catch­ing abil­ity.”

• De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Robert Saleh said he sim­ply wants line­backer Reuben Foster to play free, so he switched the rookie back to weak-side line­backer last game while Brock Coyle manned the com­mu­ni­ca­tion hel­met at mid­dle line­backer, or “Mike.”

“I still be­lieve with the or­ga­ni­za­tion he’s go­ing to be our fu­ture ‘Mike,’ ” Saleh said. “He has no is­sue com­mu­ni­cat­ing or mak­ing calls. It’s just how we can take a load off him. He’s a rookie. He’s been hurt. He’s got a lot of stuff go­ing on in his world. Just let go line up and play foot­ball.”

Said Foster: “I’m not go­ing to let it hold me back, be­cause I want that green dot (de­fen­sive sig­nal- caller). It tells you that you’re the leader and cap- tain of the de­fense.”

Foster had 14 tack­les and, even though an an­kle in­jury flared up, he fin­ished the game for his first time as a pro, which made film re­view dif­fer­ent. Said Foster: “It ain’t like you’re watch­ing film and then, ‘Dang, I’m out now.’ ”

• The Gi­ants have al­lowed a touch­down re­cep­tion to a tight end in ev­ery game this sea­son. “That’s good to hear. That’s re­ally good to hear,” 49ers tight end Gar­rett Celek said.

• Left tackle Joe Sta­ley (eye) and de­fen­sive line­men Solomon Thomas ( knee) and Aaron Lynch (calf) again were among those prac­tic­ing in lim­ited fash­ion. Tight end Ge­orge Kit­tle ( knee) and wide re­ceiver Trent Tay­lor (rib) did not prac­tice.

• Kicker Rob­bie Gould has made a field goal in each game this sea­son, and he leads the NFL with a streak of 12 con­sec­u­tive gameswith a field goal from 40 yards or longer.

MAR­CIO JOSE SANCHEZ — STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

TheNFLfinedCar­losHyde, left, for a fight­de­fend­inghisQB, but the RB may have won team­points to­ward a new con­tract.

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