49ers News: RB Marcus Lattimore could have "significant role" in 2014

In 49ers news today, the San Francisco 49ers could be looking at young running back Marcus Lattimore as a potentially big piece to their running game in 2014.

So posits Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area: "Lattimore figures into the mix for the 49ers in 2014. Running back Frank Gore, who turns 31 next month, is entering the final year of his contract. Reserve running back Anthony Dixon signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason. Kendall Hunter enters the offseason as the 49ers’ No. 2 running back."

"Disgruntled LaMichael James may not figure into the 49ers’ plans and he would welcome a trade this offseason, a source said. There will be an opportunity for Lattimore, a star running back at South Carolina before a grisly knee injury ended his college career, to win a significant role."

Lattimore isn't too worried about speculation, preferring to let his work do all of the talking: “If that happens, it does put me in that No. 3 spot,” Lattimore stated of a potential James trade in Maiocco's article. “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."

“If I prove it in practice, I don’t think there’s no excuse why I can’t play," Lattimore stated.

If he's ready to roll come training camp, expect to see a lot more of Lattimore on the field for the San Francisco 49ers in 2014.

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