49ers RB Marcus Lattimore, by his own assessment, is not all the way back, physically or mentally.
Lattimore concedes that he still lacks the first-step burst, the explosiveness through the hole, that once helped him rush for 1,197 yards with 17 rushing touchdowns as a freshman at South Carolina. Lattimore suspects that part won't come back until he's on the field again and gets the adrenaline boost that comes from being chased by a defender.
"I would say that's the last step on the physical side," he said.
There is a lot of interest surrounding Lattimore, and rightfully so, but from a redraft perspective, he's still behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Barring an injury to one or both of those players, it's not likely that Lattimore will make a significant impact in 2014.