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Kendall Hunter | Running Back

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 199
College: Oklahoma State
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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirms Kendall Hunter "clearly" remains the 49ers' No. 2 running back entering training camp.
Hunter has a lead on Marcus Lattimore and rookie Carlos Hyde "based on his knowledge of the 49ers' protections and willingness to stick his face in there to take on blitzers." Pass protection is something with which first-year players like Hyde and Lattimore routinely struggle. We still prefer Hyde over Hunter as Frank Gore's handcuff, because Hyde would be a better bet for early-down and goal-line work in the event of injury to 31-year-old Gore. Jun 25 - 8:23 PM

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Kendall Hunter rushed three times for 16 yards in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

Hunter wasn't targeted in the passing game. Hunter actually out-gained Frank Gore despite getting eight fewer carries. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, the 5-foot-7, 199-pound Hunter now has 262 career carries for 1,202 yards (4.6 YPC). He's mixed in 27 catches for an additional 268 yards. Although the presence of Marcus Lattimore clouds Hunter's Dynasty-league value, he'll be back and ready for a bigger role in 2014 as the 49ers look to lessen the wear on an aging Frank Gore. Hunter still has lead-back upside.
Jan 19 - 11:20 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed nine times for 27 yards in the 49ers' Divisional Round win over the Panthers.

The 49ers mixed in Hunter in the first quarter, but scrapped their change-of-pace back following an early deficit and utilized Frank Gore as a workhorse while generally playing pass-first football until they grabbed a two-score second-half lead. That's when Hunter got his carries. Hunter will likely see a smaller workload in next week's NFC Championship clash at Seattle.
Jan 12 - 4:12 PM

Kendall Hunter managed four yards on two carries as the 49ers defeated the Packers in Sunday night's Wild Card playoff game.

Operating as Frank Gore's "breather" back, Hunter was stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage on each of his carries. His role won't change in the Divisional Round.
Jan 5 - 8:21 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed two times for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Arizona.

On a day the 49ers' run game had no shot, Hunter was predictably quiet. He managed to stay healthy and ahead of Anthony Dixon/LaMichael James all year, finishing the regular season with 78 carries for 358 yards and three touchdowns. The 2012 Achilles' tear is deep in the rear-view mirror. Hunter remains a hold in Dynasty formats as Frank Gore continues to climb into his 30s with tons of tread on his tires.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed for 51 yards on three carries in Week 16 versus Atlanta.

Hunter's big run was a 45-yard scamper down inside the Falcons' five-yard line to set up Frank Gore's one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Other than that, Hunter was a non-factor like he has been for much of the season.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 12:45:00 AM

Kendall Hunter rushed eight times for 40 yards in the 49ers' Week 15 win over Tampa Bay.

The Niners were able to get Hunter more work than usual in their blowout win over Tampa Bay. Hunter remains a handcuff only in fantasy football leagues.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed four times for 16 yards in San Francisco's Week 14 win over the Seahawks.

Hunter wasn't targeted in the passing game, where he ceded snaps to FB Bruce Miller. The necessity of holding onto Hunter as a high-upside handcuff has faded now that we're down to the money weeks in fantasy football leagues.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 08:37:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed three times for seven yards in Week 13 versus the Rams.

Hunter remains the breather back for Frank Gore and is merely a weak handcuff.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 07:43:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed eight times for 12 yards in the 49ers' Week 12 win over Washington.

Hunter wasn't involved in the passing game. The eight carries were the most he's seen in a game since racking up garbage-time looks against the Jaguars in Week 8. On Monday night, the 49ers made it a point to work in both Hunter and LaMichael James behind Frank Gore. Hunter managed just a long gain of four yards. Hunter isn't even a particularly enticing handcuff at the moment.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Kendall Hunter managed one yard on four carries in San Francisco's Week 11 loss to the Saints.

Frank Gore's backup has now been held to 11 or fewer rushing yards in four of his past five games. Hunter remains a pure handcuff who could start losing more work to LaMichael James. James touched the ball three times Sunday.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed three times for eight yards in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Panthers.

Hunter also lost a key fumble late in the third quarter as the 49ers were inside Panthers territory. It's not the kind of performance that's going to get him more playing time. Hunter is averaging just 5.1 carries per game on the year.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 07:23:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed nine times for 84 yards in the 49ers' Week 8 win over the Jaguars.

While this game was re-confirmation that Hunter is a must-own handcuff for Frank Gore owners, don't think Hunter is suddenly getting more work. The majority of his yards came late in clock-killing mode during the 42-10 blowout of Jacksonville. Hunter is one of the better change-of-pace backs in football.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed for six yards on four carries in Week 7 versus the Titans.

Hunter wasn't targeted in the passing game. The Titans didn't allow much running room to Frank Gore or Hunter but were gashed by Colin Kaepernick. Hunter remains nothing more than a fantasy handcuff for Gore owners.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Kendall Hunter rushed three times for 11 yards and one touchdown in Week 6 against the Cardinals.

Hunter saw one target in the passing game but failed to reel it in. His score came from six yards out in the fourth quarter as he vultured it from Frank Gore. Hunter is nothing more than a talented handcuff option in fantasy.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 08:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3McLeod Bethel-Thompson
4Josh Johnson
5Kory Faulkner
RB1Frank Gore
2Kendall Hunter
3Carlos Hyde
4Marcus Lattimore
5LaMichael James
GLB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3RB1Frank Gore
2Kendall Hunter
FB1Bruce Miller
2Will Tukuafu
3Trey Millard
WR11Michael Crabtree
2Stevie Johnson
3Brandon Lloyd
4Jon Baldwin
5Kassim Osgood
WR21Anquan Boldin
2Quinton Patton
3Bruce Ellington
4David Reed
5Devon Wylie
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Garrett Celek
4Derek Carrier
5Kyle Nelson
K1Phil Dawson