While the interesting moves the 49ers might make at running back this offseason involve veterans, they have another guy coming back who is ready to insert himself into the mix.
Second-year back Marcus Lattimore, coming off a red-shirt season of sorts, said he was close to 100 percent.
“The left knee, it feels like nothing ever happened,” Lattimore told Pete Iacobelli of the Associated Press. “The right knee, it feels great. Both feel balanced. I’ve got my speed and I rarely get any soreness [after workouts].”
That’s great news for the 49ers, who were able to get the highly successful South Carolina back in the fourth round last year, after a pair of gruesome knee injuries ended his college career, and kept him off the field his rookie year.
He’s hoping to be back on the field and ready to go when the 49ers resume offseason conditioning on April 21.
“I can’t go out there and be Superman the first day,” he said. “Once I get back in the groove and take a few hits, I’ll be OK.”
The hits won’t come until the preseason, unless the 49ers are breaking some rules.
But if Lattimore’s well, he’s talented enough to give the 49ers some options in the backfield, after Frank Gore took 75 percent of the snaps a year ago. And at his bargain rate, he gives them that chance for years to come.