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Frank Gore: A+
As far as Week 4 goes, Gore’s breakout performance in 2013 could not have been timelier—really pulling the team out of the quicksand on Thursday night. The Niners were really in a bind. Fortunately, the coaching staff gave its all-time leading rusher a very real opportunity to reclaim this team’s identity, and the back followed through, and then some.
While Gore only had 20 touches, he banged this Rams defense out of 153 yards and a score.
Kendall Hunter: B+
Backing up Gore, the 49ers primary relief back, Kendall Hunter, stumbled for a good amount of yardage and a touchdown. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and kept this ground game going throughout. With hardly anyone else contributing on the offensive side of the ball, Hunter’s touches brought a lot of value.
LaMichael James: N/A
The 49ers' second-round pick from a year ago remains an enigma.
After returning from a strained MCL, James only had three touches for zero yards. He was also neglected as an option on the kick and punt return team. As explosive as he is, and as much as S.F. needs big-play contributions, it is a real surprise that he was as underutilized as he was.
Anthony Dixon: C+
Surprisingly, the unheralded No. 4 running back, Dixon, had as many carries as dynamic runners like James and Kaepernick, finishing with three attempts for six yards and a touchdown (2.0 YPC). Frankly, the Niners have been at a loss for offensive weapons with an NFL callous, so Dixon was able to get a key goal-line carry.
Bruce Miller (FB): A
Whether he is blocking or receiving, the 49ers' big-time athletic fullback has been finding ways to contribute on offense. It is hard to fault him personally for being a key part of the offense (that falls more on the coaching staff and injuries), but he has stepped up when needed, particularly in the run game and on third down.