Lets take a peek now at the running backs and fullbacks.
Locked In ; Frank Gore (Signed through 2014), Kendall Hunter (Signed through 2014), LaMichael James (Sugned through 2015), Bruce Miller (Signed through 2014)
The 49ers have a 3 headed monster right now with Gore, Hunter and James, plus a capable FB in Miller. All the tales that Gore is done are just that tales, he isn’t going anywhere, he isn’t gonna get cut or traded, the 49ers are his home, and he will be a 49ers through his deal, and maybe past it to continue to mentor the young guys. Hunter is coming off a achilles injury, and should be 100% this season, and James is a speedy back, who should see most of his shares as a Kick Returner.
Fighting for a spot ; Anthony Dixon (Signed through 2013), Jewel Hampton (Signed through 2014), Alex Debniak (Signed through 2015), Jason Schepler (Signed through 2015), D.J. Harper (Signed through 2015), MarQuies Gray (Signed through2015)
The 49ers have the task of either keeping the incumbent Dixon, and Hampton, or go with a fresh look, Debniak is a former OLB, a lot like Miller was. And Schepler just won a 90-man offseason roster spot from the 49ers recent minicamp tryouts. And Harper is a long shot at this moment, but could surprise as he shined at Boise State when healthy. Gray is the most intriguing name on the list. The former QB out of Minnesota has the ability to take the spot of Dixon, and play more spots, like WR, TE and H-Back.
Injured, Reserve, PUP, NFI, etc… ; Marcus Lattimore (Signed through 2016)
Lattimore was picked for a reason, to not have him out there from day 1, he needs to rehab more, and get stronger. He is likely the heir apparent to Gore, with the talent he posses, and if he does come back, it’s like the 49ers are getting an extra 1st round pick, because he has that much ability.