Off season running back acquisition Carlos Hyde believes he has found a home with the Seattle Seahawks. The former Houston Texans running back is coming off a career year and now finds himself playing for a team he has always had greatly admired. Here are highlights from the Seahawks newest running back during Mondays media videoconference.
ON PLAYING FOR THE SEAHAWKS
“It’s been a place that I’ve always wanted to play ever since I left San Francisco,” said Hyde, who was a second-round pick of the 49ers in the 2014 draft. “Going against those guys for four years being in San Fran, I’ve just seen how they always run the ball back to when Marshawn was there. They’re a big running team, and the ways they ran the ball, I feel like it’s a strength of my game.”
The Seahawks signed Hyde to bolster a backfield that saw its top two running backs season end with injuries. Leading rusher Chris Carson is expected to make a full return from his hip injury and be ready for the start of training camp. Rashaad Penny suffered a serious ACL injury is expected to start the season on injured reserve.
“I’m looking forward to competing,” he said. “There’s definitely going to be competition with Carson and Penny, guys who have already been there, who are already established. So, you definitely got to come in and compete, you’re coming in trying to take a guy’s job who’s already been there. Carson has been putting up a thousand yards like it’s nothing each year. So, it’s definitely tough coming in trying to replace a guy like that, but I’m definitely open to the competition. It’s not my first year in the league, I’m going on year seven, so I’m used to competing. It brings out the best in me, so I’m looking forward to it.
Whatever it boils down to, whatever coach tells me, this is what we need you to do, I’m all for it. I’m coming in right now with the mindset of trying to be that guy, every down back, be the guy for the team.”
COLIN KAEPERNICK TEAMMATE
During the call Hyde was asked about his former teammate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racism and police brutality back in 2016.
“I remember Kap making his peaceful protest, and I was all for it. I understand the message he was putting out. I understood because I came from Cincinnati, Ohio—Lincoln Heights in Cincinnati, it’s not the best area. I would see police brutality, pretty much everybody in the neighborhood struggling, violence, drugs, all that. There’s not an opportunity there. I was fortunate enough to have my grandmother live in Naples, Florida, so I was able to get away from all of that and pretty much start my life over. But not everybody is fortunate enough to have grandparents who live in other places. So, with that, I was all for what Kap was saying, I’m still for it.”
When asked about what the NFL should do regarding Kaepernick ‘s unemployment Hyde was pretty clear. “The NFL could start by signing Kaep back,” he said. “If they sign Kaep back, that’ll show that they’re really trying to move in a different direction. Kaep was making the statement four years ago about what’s going on in today’s world, and the NFL didn’t bother to listen to him then. I think they should start by doing that.”