One of the biggest storylines of the San Francisco 49ers 2014 preseason is the return of running back Marcus Lattimore. In some ways, it is one of the most interesting stories across the NFL. This is a guy who was viewed as a potential first round pick after blowing out one knee, then blew out another knee in 2012, and will be back in action for the first time in almost two years. I have to think his first touch in the preseason will bring some goose bumps for a lot of people.
Speaking of a lot of people, that's the reason I bring up Lattimore. ESPN's Bill Williamson recently spent time in South Carolina with Lattimore and his family. He put together a fantastic feature article that I highly recommend you read. I wanted to pull it out from the Nuggets because it's a really great read. The article goes into extensive detail about Lattimore's support system. Williamson had a chance to spend a lot of time with the family and learn about their life in South Carolina.
The 49ers open the preseason up in Baltimore, and it seems like a safe bet that Lattimore's family will make the trip. In his current condition, it sounds like Lattimore will be ready for the start of training camp. The practices will be important, but as Lattimore said, he's ready to get again, and then move on from it. Once he takes that first hit, he can really figure out exactly where he stands.
The 49ers have plenty of running back depth, but if Lattimore is able to get back in gear this season, the 49ers run game could be absolutely filthy. And the future would be bright for a group that will bid farewell to Frank Gore sometime in the near future. It's a great human interest story to see Marcus Lattimore complete his comeback, but I'm also plenty greedy for strong running backs on this team!