Hyde should be the starting running back but that is not guaranteed yet. Even if he is not, he will have a big role in the offense. Coming over from the San Francisco 49ers, the former Ohio State product was brought over to be an upgrade to the position and establish more of the running game in Cleveland.
That will happen as long as Jackson does not interfere and let Haley do his thing.
Outside of the left tackle, Cleveland’s offensive line is intact. They arguably have the AFC’s top offensive line led by Joel Bitonio. If Shon Coleman starts at left tackle, then I can only good luck to Hyde.
As long a the best five options show up in the preseason, that will mean Coleman does not start and Austin Corbett is instead. Paring Hyde with Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson should provide Hyde even more chances to be ready when it counts as the focal point in the offense.
Given the condition the line is in, that is good news for Hyde, who has been successful the last two seasons. During that time with San Fran, Hyde finished both seasons with more than 900 yards and at least 6 touchdowns. In his career, Hyde has put up 655 rushes for 2,729 yards, and 21 touchdowns.