49ers' first-string running game struggles in preseason

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers haven’t been able to get off the ground with their first-string running game.

Carlos Hyde has rushed for just 26 yards on 10 carries in the first two exhibition games as San Francisco struggles to get into an offensive rhythm under new coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense that is based heavily on outside zone runs.

Shanahan said Hyde tried to do too much on one run last week against Denver, turning a possible 4-yard gain into a 1-yard play but has mostly not gotten the blocking from the rest of the offense needed to generate big plays on the ground.

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