Alfonso Smith had 4 carries for 6 yards in the 49ers' loss to the Seahawks Sunday.
Smith was the 49ers #3 running back and was thrust into action with injuries to Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde. If both are out next week, look elsewhere. Smith is #3 on the depth chart for a reason.
Alfonso Smith made his debut with the 49ers in preseason action Thursday against the Ravens. He had two rushes for -1 yds and a 10yd catch.
Smith is competing for the #3 job behind Frank Gore against Jewell Hampton, Marcus Lattimore, and LaMichael James. With Lattimore and James currently hurt, the former Arizona Cardinal has a decent opportunity to compete for the job, but will need to produce better results in preseason work to earn a roster spot, let alone have any fantasy relevance.
Following a recent string of injuries to their running back core, the 49ers signed former Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith on Tuesday. Smith spent all four years of his NFL career in Arizona, finishing with 48 carries for 156 yards and 2 TDâ€™s in 43 games
The signing comes as no surprise after losing Kendall Hunter for the season with a torn ACL, and LaMichael James sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated elbow. Smithâ€™s signing is most likely insurance and is no lock to finish the preseason with the team. Even if he does, there will be no unseeding of Frank Gore as the starter in San Francisco, although he could compete with Hyde for backup duty if James' injury nags him longer than expected.