Carlos Hyde sharp in San Francisco 49ers debut

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Carlos Hyde was treated like a veteran in his first preseason appearance for the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. He started the game, didn't play special teams, and was off the field before the first quarter ended.

He played like a veteran, too. Hyde rushed five times for 39 yards, showing off his skill set in limited time.

Hyde ran through arm tackles and fell forward when he got hit. He followed his blocking well and got to the outside for a big gain behind fullback Bruce Miller. He patiently bounced it to the outside for another first down in the red zone.

There was a time in Hyde's life when he considered giving up football, a fact he tweeted about earlier this week.

"I was reflecting on back when I lived in Cincinnati, there was a time in my life when I didn't think football was the route anymore for me. But I had an opportunity to move to Florida and start my life over, and now I'm here," Hyde told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala after Thursday's 23-3 loss to the Ravens.

The 49ers are thankful that Hyde kept playing. He's going to have a huge role in the 49ers' offense backing up Frank Gore, especially with Kendall Hunter out for the year and LaMichael James on the shelf.

San Francisco would love to keep Gore as fresh as possible for the end of the season, and that means a lot of carries for Hyde. He looks ready. 

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