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Marcus Lattimore: I’m trying to take Frank Gore’s job

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When running back Marcus Lattimore injured his knee at South Carolina in 2012, there was some doubt about whether he’d recover enough to play in the NFL at all.

Lattimore wound up sitting out his entire rookie season as he recovered, but has returned to the field this offseason and drawn compliments from the team’s coaching staff on the progress he’s shown over the last few months. That would seem to put Lattimore in position to¬†gain some playing time behind Frank Gore in 2014, but Lattimore is aiming a bit higher.

“I’m trying to take [Gore’s] job, but I know that’s going to be the hardest thing in the world,” Lattimore said, via USA Today.

That might be a bit too much for Lattimore to bite off right now, even if the team didn’t also have Kendall Hunter and Carlos Hyde looking for carries in a deep San Francisco backfield. For now, Lattimore is learning the offense and waiting for training camp and preseason to start to see how he does while taking hits on a knee that hasn’t been pushed to those limits in nearly two years.

If he handles that without trouble and then shows he can be a productive back in the regular season, Lattimore can truly set his sights on a starting job. After coming back from such a serious knee injury, it would be hard to bet against him.

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19 Responses to “Marcus Lattimore: I’m trying to take Frank Gore’s job”
  1. osiris33 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:22 AM

    So he’s trying to take the job of a guy who had 11 carries for 14 yards in the NFC Championship game against the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. How hard can THAT be?

  2. notan9ner says: Jun 19, 2014 9:25 AM

    Who has it better?

  3. niners816 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:33 AM

    Seattle Seahawks fans: Established in 2012.

  4. prareedoggin says: Jun 19, 2014 9:35 AM

    I’m really rooting for this guy….

  5. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 19, 2014 9:53 AM

    Hyde is a beast. Lattimore and Hyde will the be dominant tag team moving forward.

    Gore is on his last legs, but still produces.
    Not a bad position for SanFran to be in.

  6. steelerstrong says: Jun 19, 2014 9:55 AM

    Wish him all the best!!!

  7. 700levelvet says: Jun 19, 2014 10:04 AM

    Lattimore was dealt a bad hand… I hope he makes the best of his chance.. Don’t know how anyone could not root for a man just trying to make a living after what he has been through…

  8. wny49er says: Jun 19, 2014 10:15 AM

    Talk about three headed hydra with Gore, Lattimore and Hyde. Watch for Harbaugh bring back the wish bone.

  9. wabbitslayer says: Jun 19, 2014 10:17 AM

    If Lattimore can become what he was originally going to be (before he got hurt), there’s only a couple of RBs whose jobs he couldn’t take.

  10. 49erfan44 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:24 AM

    I’m gonna really miss Frank Gore.

  11. udkidd says: Jun 19, 2014 10:46 AM

    Lattimore is learning the offense……….didnt he have all of last year to learn???

    Now to execute the offense might be a different subject.

  12. TheMorningStar says: Jun 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    Good luck making it in the NFL Marcus.

    Unfortunately this is Brian Banks 2.0…hope he received his degree at SC.

  13. braceyourselffor12 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:42 AM

    There isn’t a fan of football who’s not rooting for Lattimore to do well. He’s gone through hell in order to make it where he is and I hope his determination translates into success.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    I’m a Titans fan who likes the Seahawks MUCH more than the 49’ers. In fact, I quite like the Hawks and very much don’t like the current Niners. … That being said, Seahawk fans, consider yourselves warned: Marcus Lattimore is going to rock your world for years to come. You think you’ve seen “Beast Mode”? … You ain’t seen nothing!

    – SEC Fan

  15. jnovi86 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:51 AM

    That’s why we drafted him, to be our power back that can take some hits and keep those legs pumping for more yardage like Gore. I like Lattimore and hope he can take over for Gore seamlessly so there’s no lapse in production out of the back field.

  16. seahawkfan76 says: Jun 19, 2014 2:15 PM

    Every year we go through all this hype about players and how they are going to the be greatest. The only thing we know FOR SURE, is who the SB champions are, and until they lose that crown, that’s all this is, HYPE!So good luck to all you haters, you will need it!……………..GO HAWKS………SB CHAMPS!

  17. prican777 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:06 PM

    Is it my imagination or are Seahawk Fans obsessed with everything 49er. Excited to see Lattimore this season! GO NINERS!!!

  18. espi49ers says: Jun 20, 2014 3:19 PM

    Y are the seagull fans always on our page? Y are they so concerned about us? You don’t see a niner fan on their page… 5 time world Champions. Go ahead learn from the best!!! Pretenders!!!

  19. Mr. Fade says: Jun 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    He needs to work on his blocking if he wants to supplant Frank.

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