CBS Sports Names 49ers Running Backs as Best Backfield in the NFL

As the NFL prepares for its 2024 season, analysts are reviewing the changes made by all 32 clubs during the offseason. The San Francisco 49ers have been particularly active, revamping several position groups and bringing in new talent to key areas.

One area of focus for the team has been running back, where they added young talent to a group led by reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey. The team traded up in the fourth round to select Isaac Guerendo from Louisville with the 129th-overall pick. Guerendo impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine with his speed and vertical leap, ranking among the top-performing running backs in both categories.

Joining Guerendo is undrafted free agent Cody Schrader, as well as other talented backs like Elijah Mitchell, Jordan Mason, Patrick Taylor Jr., and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. According to CBS writer Tyler Sullivan, when comparing running back rooms across the league, San Francisco’s backfield emerged as the top-ranked crew heading into the 2024 season. This puts them ahead of teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay Packers.

Sullivan categorized running backs into tiers ranging from “thoroughbreds” to “work in progress.” He noted that behind McCaffrey, there is depth and capability with players like Mitchell and Mason showing promise as well as rookie Guerendo having a bright future ahead of him. Overall, San Francisco’s investment in its running back group is paying off and could help them make a strong push towards winning another Super Bowl title in 2024.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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