San Francisco 49ers Offseason Workout Program
- OTA offseason workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13
- Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19
- Rookie minicamp: May 23-25
Marcus Lattimore was once a future NFL star. Now, he's just one of a slew of 49ers running backs fighting for scraps behind veteran Frank Gore.
Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James were well regarded. Carlos Hyde was arguably the top running back in this year's class. According to Taylor Price of the 49ers' official website, Lattimore is undaunted:
I look at it like it's competition. Competition brings out the best in you. It brings out the best in every player in the backfield. We've got a group of great guys, and we all want the best for each other, but at the end of the day, we all want to play. We're going to compete, and we're going to bring the best out of each other, and we're going to have a great backfield.
Lattimore at least is healthy enough to compete with that group now:
It’s been going good. I'm real happy because I've had no knee problems, nothing in my knee, no soreness, no swelling. ... It's all the other muscles around the knee getting used to the workload again and going full-speed. That's what I have to get used to, going full-speed again and getting those instincts back that I've had.
I'm taking it one day at a time. Your hamstring gets sore, your calves get sore, but you push through that. And once you get used to that as the weeks go by, the more I get into football shape, I feel like I'll be fine. ...
I'm building up towards OTAs, minicamps and when it matters. I want to be in there and that's the season.
Regardless of whether you are loyal to Gore or high on Hyde, you have to be like most of us: rooting for a storybook Lattimore comeback.