San Francisco 49rs running back Marcus Lattimore sat out the entire 2013 season following a gruesome knee injury that ended his college career at South Carolina.
The 49ers took a chance drafting Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft knowing he would not be ready to contribute. That did not bother the team as they had a depth chart stuffed with running backs, a year later that chart is still strong as Lattimore is ready to take the field.
“I’ll probably be pouring out in tears, man, to tell you the truth,” he said, via the San Jose Mercury News when asked about suiting up for the 49ers. “I was just hoping to walk again.”
But the line in the story – which was largely about Lattimore over coming injury – that will catch eyes is the question as to whether or not he is 100-percent recovered.
Lattimore concedes that he still lacks the first-step burst, the explosiveness through the hole, that once helped him rush for 1,197 yards with 17 rushing touchdowns as a freshman at South Carolina. Lattimore suspects that part won’t come back until he’s on the field again and gets the adrenaline boost that comes from being chased by a defender.
That statement comes across as odd considering everything regarding Lattimore for the last few months had suggested he was ready to play.
Lattimore will be ready for snaps behind Frank Gore but will find himself batteling Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James for snap.