Lattimore, who will attend the first day of the team's offseason workouts, will enter a crowded backfield with Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James already backing up current starter Frank Gore. However, James has expressed his desire for a bigger role and could be dealt, opening the door for the No. 3 spot in the backfield.
"If that happens, it does put me in that No. 3 spot," Lattimore said. "But I've just got to go in there and work hard. I can pass-protect and run the ball. I've got to show that."
Lattimore missed his rookie season in 2013 after suffering a devestating knee injury in college at South Carolina, but Harbaugh said his rehab is going well.
"I haven't seen him in about a month or so since the end of the season, and he was out there training for a little bit. He looked good," Harbaugh said. "I think he’s back in South Carolina, and all reports are he's hitting it really hard. He's very excited to get started."
Harbaugh said Lattimore can help the 49ers improve this season.
"We'll wait and see, but he's factored in right now. (He) has the chance to make a big impact this year. That could be a big leap for our team."
"The left knee, it feels like nothing ever happened," Lattimore said. "The right knee, it feels great. Both feel balanced. I've got my speed and I rarely get any soreness" after workouts.
Lattimore can't wait for April 21, the start of offseason workouts. The 2013 fourth-round pick wants to vindicate the 49ers for their patience with him.
"I was just so grateful they believed in what I could do," Lattimore said.
“Mentally was the biggest thing for me, understanding the offense,” Lattimore said. “They showed me how to play the game, honestly. I’m real excited about next year.”
|1||9/7/14||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|6||10/13/14||@ STL||8:30 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/9/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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