Posted: 8/25/2014 10:29pm ET
Huddle Up: The long road back just got a little longer for Lattimore, who will miss at least the first 6 games of the season. Meanwhile, second-round pick Carlos Hyde is firmly entrenched behind veteran starter Frank Gore.
Posted: 8/7/2014 10:37pm ET
Huddle Up: The extended waiting game continues for Lattimore, opening the door for additional opportunities for second-round pick Carlos Hyde.
Posted: 7/29/2014 10:32am ET
Huddle Up: The Niners drafted a running back in the second round because they weren't sold on Lattimore's recovery yet, a move that at this juncture looks to be a wise one. Anything San Francisco can get from Lattimore would be a bonus, but with all the injuries in the 49ers backfield and Frank Gore in the twilight of his career there may be no better opportunity for Lattimore than right now.
Posted: 7/18/2014 1:30am ET
Huddle Up: This lends some pre-camp clarity to the Niners' backup RB situation but not much as Kendall Hunter, second-round pick Carlos Hyde and LaMichael James are all still stacked behind Frank Gore.
Posted: 5/24/2014 1:53pm ET
Huddle Up: The Niners spent a second-round pick on Carlos Hyde, which suggests they're not expecting Lattimore to return to his pre-knee injury level. And his being further limited in minicamp won't help in Lattimore's development.
Posted: 5/16/2014 1:37pm ET
Huddle Up: It's tempting to view the 49ers' spending a second-round pick on Carlos Hyde as an indictment of Lattimore's recover (or lack thereof) from his knee injury. However, if he's able to flash his former skills during offseason work and training camp he'll still be in the mix for touches in a backfield that you have to think is angling to replace ageless wonder Frank Gore in the not-too-distant future.
Posted: 5/6/2014 12:57am ET
Huddle Up: The Niners essentially red-shirted Lattimore last year in hopes that perhaps by this season he'd be ready to take on some of Frank Gore's carries. That's still a possibility, but first Lattimore needs to clear the physical and mental hurdles that still linger.
Posted: 4/20/2014 10:29pm ET
Huddle Up: With the Niners expected to move LaMichael James, Lattimore should open training camp as the team's No. 3 RB with the opportunity to supplant Kendall Hunter as Frank Gore's primary backup.
Posted: 3/2/2014 4:55pm ET
Huddle Up: Fantasy wild cards don't get any wilder than Lattimore, the 4th-round pick in 2013 who sat out all of last season while rehabbing and recovering from the second of 2 serious college knee injuries. Monitor his offseason progress as he has a chance to come out of nowhere and make some noise in the Niners' run-heavy attack.
Posted: 1/22/2014 6:49pm ET
Huddle Up: Frank Gore will have finger surgery this offseason and is accumulating the miles, so a healthy Lattimore should compete for playing time in 2014. And if he thinks he was good to go at the end of the 2013 season, he should be more than ready for offseason workouts and a training camp battle come August.
Posted: 1/21/2014 11:24pm ET
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on Lattimore -- a 4th-round pick who sat out the 2013 season -- with Frank Gore not getting any younger.
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