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Matt Breida

Matt Breida

Running Back #22
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 11
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 180 lb.
College:Georgia Southern
Born:February 28, 1995
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Matt Breida: Traded to Miami

Breida was traded for a fifth-round pick to the Dolphins on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Raheem Mostert's improbable playoff run gave the 49ers yet another running back to their burgeoning glut, so it makes sense to see Breida move for a relatively healthy compensation. The third-year tailback has yet to register a season with more than 180 touches, but he could soon find plenty of work in the Dolphins' backfield. A two-year, $10 million offseason deal with Jordan Howard figures to block Breida's immediate path to the starting lineup, but the former 49er is unquestionably the more explosive of the two backfield options and likely will get plenty of chances to unseat the Indiana product's grapple hold on the two-down carries.

April 25, 2020 11:35 AM EST

Matt Breida: Re-ups with 49ers

Breida signed his restricted free agent tender Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: For his career, Breida has averaged 5.0 yards per carry and reeled in 75.3 percent of his 89 targets. While production isn't a question mark, opportunity is a problem, given he's in a backfield with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and even Jeff Wilson. Breida's name has been mentioned in the trade front so far this offseason, but for the time being he remains an employee of the 49ers.

April 16, 2020 3:52 PM EST

Matt Breida: Likely available for trade

Breida is a candidate to be traded this offseason, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Analysis: Breida has produced 4.4, 5.3 and 5.1 yards per carry in three years with the 49ers, but he fell behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman in the backfield pecking order during last season's NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. The Niners then used a second-round restricted free agent tender to retain Breida, keeping him under contract for $3.26 million in 2020. It's a reasonable salary for a player with his track record of production, but it's a lot to pay for a No. 3 running back, especially if the Niners truly expect Jerick McKinnon (knee) to return from back-to-back missed seasons and battle for a role. Even Jeff Wilson at the bottom of the depth chart has noteworthy NFL experience, so the Niners likely will listen closely if another team is interested in trading for Breida. Another option would involve trading Coleman, who is entering the second season of a two-year, $8.5 million contract.

April 6, 2020 7:23 AM EST

Matt Breida: Gets second-round tender

The 49ers are tendering Breida at the second-round level, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This means the team will receive a second-round pick if it declines to match an offer sheet for the restricted free agent. Breida has made a strong impression through three NFL seasons, but not strong enough for any team to give up a second-round pick for the right to sign him to a large contract. Barring a trade, he'll be back with the 49ers in 2020 as part of a backfield that also has Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson under contract.

March 17, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Matt Breida: Role reduced as season progressed

Breida finished the 2019 season with 123 carries for 623 yards and a touchdown, also contributing 19 receptions for 120 yards and another score in 13 games.

Analysis: Breida did most of his damage through the first nine games of the season as a co-starter (542 rushing yards and 110 receiving yards) before going down to injury against Seattle in Week 10. The 49ers' backfield landscape had shifted upon his return in Week 14, as Raheem Mostert had emerged as the team's top option with Tevin Coleman serving as the "1B" option. Breida suffered a case of fumbleitis down the stretch, coughing the ball up three times despite touching the ball just 23 times following his injury layoff. The 24-year-old's talent as a rusher is unquestioned (5.1 yards per carry this year), but the combination of his ball security issues and the breakout performance of Mostert kept the speedy back as a healthy scratch during the team's unsuccessful Super Bowl run. All three of San Francisco's contributing backs in 2019 are under contract for 2020, so Breida figures to begin next season third on the depth chart barring any unforeseen changes this upcoming offseason.

February 6, 2020 12:32 PM EST

Matt Breida: Limited to one carry

Breida took one carry for two yards in Sunday's 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game

Analysis: Tevin Coleman injured his shoulder during the second quarter, but it was strictly Raheem Mostert who picked up the slack, finishing with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 82 percent snap share. Breida was limited to the one touch on two offensive snaps, but he did have eight carries on 12 snaps the previous week in a 27-10 win over the Vikings (he also lost a fumble). Depending on Coleman's health, Breida will operate as the No. 2 or 3 option in the 49ers backfield in a Super Bowl matchup with Kansas City.

January 20, 2020 6:17 AM EST

Matt Breida: Logs eight snaps on offense

Breida had four carries for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Breida got re-integrated into the offensive gameplan after essentially being a healthy scratch last week. Raheem Mostert has been on a tear of late, and coach Kyle Shanahan has been known to roll with the hot hand at running back during his tenure with San Francisco. Injuries slowed Breida down in the second half of the season, but the speedy back still managed to average over five yards per carry for the second consecutive season, finishing with 623 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding another 120 yards and a score as a receiver. The 24-year-old will be a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason, but the 49ers figure to attempt to keep Breida around due to the team's familiarity with the back and its need for depth in Shanahan's power-run scheme.

December 30, 2019 1:14 PM EST

Matt Breida: Not used on offense

Breida did not play any snaps on offense in Saturday's 34-31 win over the Rams.

Analysis: The oft-injured back was not listed on the injury report, so his demotion to special teams was a coaching decision. Breida had a rough go of things last week against Atlanta (four carries for 11 yards and a lost fumble), which may have had a role in his lack of touches. The speedy back has otherwise been solid when deployed this season (119 rushes for 607 yards and a touchdown), so coach Kyle Shanahan may also be attempting to keep Breida fresh for the playoffs after suffering a few injuries over the course of the regular season. Sunday's matchup against Seattle will decide the fate of the NFC West, so the 24-year-old could get involved in the gameplan, but the uncertainty surrounding his playing time makes him tough to trust in fantasy.

December 22, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Matt Breida: Coughs up two fumbles, loses one

Breida ran for 11 yards on four carries and lost one fumble during Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Falcons. He also caught both of his targets for six receiving yards.

Analysis: Breida accounted for 15 scrimmage yards on four first-half touches, but he quickly fell out of the rotation after fumbling on consecutive third-quarter carries -- the first of which rolled out of bounds, but the second which was recovered by Atlanta's De'Vondre Campbell. From that point forward the 24-year-old back was not entrusted with another offensive touch, as Raheem Mostert closed out the afternoon with 10 more rush attempts than any other San Francisco RB. Breida's role in the 49ers' ground attack is difficult to predict heading into a Week 16 matchup against a Rams defense that entered Sunday as a top-12 rush defense.

December 15, 2019 6:48 PM EST

Matt Breida: Rips off big run in return

Breida (ankle) rushed six times for 54 yards and caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 48-46 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Breida made his return from an ankle injury after a three-week absence, and while the light workload didn't help fantasy owners, his 9.0 yards per carry bodes well for his health and big-play ability moving forward. Tevin Coleman started the game as per usual, but Breida and Raheem Mostert took over as coach Kyle Shanahan's two-man backfield in the huge conference win. Expect Breida to get more involved next week against the Falcons after a week of full practice.

December 8, 2019 4:40 PM EST

Matt Breida: Cleared for Week 14 return

Breida (ankle) isn't listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Breida returns from a three-game absence for a tough matchup, facing a Saints defense that's shut down running backs to the tune of 3.5 yards per carry (3rd) and 62.3 rushing yards per game (2nd). Raheem Mostert pushed Tevin Coleman out of the picture in last week's 20-17 loss to Baltimore, but coach Kyle Shanahan could turn back to a committee now that Breida is ready to play. It's hard to recommend any of the three as a Week 14 fantasy option, as the workload uncertainty creates an ugly floor.

December 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

Matt Breida: Practices without limitations

Breida (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: With no cap on his practices for the first time since picking up a low-ankle sprain Week 10, Breida will end a three-game absence Sunday in New Orleans. He'll rejoin a backfield that flipped on its head this past Sunday at Baltimore, when Raheem Mostert handled most of the RB reps over Tevin Coleman. In that contest, Mostert handled 74 percent of the offensive snaps on his way to 21 touches for 154 yards from scrimmage and a TD. As for Coleman, he handled 18 percent, ending his day with six touches and 15 yards from scrimmage.

December 4, 2019 1:44 PM EST

Matt Breida: On practice field Wednesday

Breida (ankle) was present at Wednesday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It'll be interesting to see if Breida increases his practice reps this week after being listed as 'limited' on every Week 13 injury report in advance of a third straight absence this past Sunday in Baltimore. Assuming he makes the requisite progress through his low-ankle sprain and gets the all-clear from the 49ers' training staff, he'll join a somewhat unsettled backfield Sunday at New Orleans. In the aforementioned showdown with the Ravens, Raheem Mostert received 74 percent of the offensive snaps en route to 21 touches for 154 yards from scrimmage and one TD, while Tevin Coleman had a meager 18 percent of such plays, six touches and 15 yards from scrimmage.

December 4, 2019 11:01 AM EST

Matt Breida: Expected back in Week 14

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he's optimistic Breida (ankle) will be ready to play in the 49ers' Week 14 game versus the Saints, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After turning in limited practices Wednesday through Friday, Breida looked to have a decent chance at returning to action ahead of Sunday's eventual 20-17 loss to the Ravens, but the 49ers ultimately kept him inactive for a third straight game. Based on Shanahan's comments Monday, it sounds like the 49ers may have just been taking a cautious approach with Breida, who should be closer to 100 percent healthy by the time next weekend arrives. Whenever he's cleared to play, Breida will join a backfield that has been fairly volatile all season in terms of week-to-week workload for all of its members. Tevin Coleman appeared to have emerged as the 49ers' preferred top back heading into Week 13, but he ultimately played just 10 snaps and received six touches in the loss to Baltimore, while Raheem Mostert (19 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown, two catches for eight yards) surprisingly worked as the lead option.

December 2, 2019 12:49 PM EST

Matt Breida: Remains sidelined Sunday

Breida (ankle) is listed as inactive Sunday at Baltimore, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Breida set himself up to end a two-game absence with limited practices all week, but despite an early report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that he'd do just that, the 49ers have opted for a cautious approach. In essence, the team wants him back to full capacity for a Week 14 visit to New Orleans, per Schefter. With Breida sidelined again, San Francisco's backfield will be led by Tevin Coleman, while Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson scoop up any reps that remain.

December 1, 2019 8:37 AM EST

Matt Breida: Likely out Week 13

Breida (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter previously reported Saturday that Breida was in line to play, but both he and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network are now relaying that the running back is on track for a third consecutive absence. Confirmation on Breida's status will come at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET, when the 49ers release their inactive list.

December 1, 2019 6:28 AM EST

Matt Breida: Not on track to play Week 13

Breida (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, isn't expected to play in the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport's report differs from one issued hours earlier by Adam Schefter of ESPN that suggested Breida would play, so it would appear there's some uncertainty about the running back's Week 13 status. In any case, Breida seems unlikely to wrestle away the lead role in the backfield from Tevin Coleman if he does play, given that he was only a limited participant in practice this week. If Breida sits out, added snaps and touches would be in store for reserve backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson.

December 1, 2019 5:24 AM EST

Matt Breida: Expected to play Sunday

Breida (ankle), who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, is expected to play in Sunday's game in Baltimore, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: He's missed two games due to the injury but was able to return to practice this week on a limited basis. He'll be back in the mix in the backfield alongside Tevin Coleman in what will likely be a timeshare arrangement, with Raheem Mostert and (to a lesser extent) Jeff Wilson also in the mix.

November 30, 2019 9:54 PM EST

Matt Breida: Listed as questionable

The 49ers list Breida (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game in Baltimore, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Breida didn't practice or play in games the past two weeks, which allowed Raheem Mostert to serve as the No. 2 running back behind Tevin Coleman. A return to limited practice participation Wednesday and Thursday seemingly puts Breida on track to face the Ravens, but we may not know for sure until the 49ers release their inactive list at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Breida's return to the lineup would probably impact Mostert and Jeff Wilson more so than Coleman, though it's possible the latter could also lose a few snaps/touches.

November 29, 2019 1:39 PM EST

Matt Breida: Remains limited at practice

Breida (ankle) logged another limited practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Back-to-back limited sessions would appear to put Breida on track to suit up Sunday against the Ravens, though he could well draw an official questionable designation for the contest. If he's able to return this weekend, Breida would rejoin a backfield time-share that also includes Tevin Coleman, with Raheem Mostert and (to a lesser extent) Jeff Wilson also in the mix.

November 28, 2019 2:30 PM EST

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