After the NFL draft, Lattimore now also has to battle rookie Carlos Hyde.
"I look at (it) like it's competition," Lattimore told the team's official website Thursday. "Competition brings out the best in you. It brings out the best in every player in the backfield. We've got a group of great guys and we all want the best for each other, but at the end of the day, we all want to play.
"We're going to compete and we're going to bring the best out of each other and we're going to have a great backfield."
The 22-year-old Lattimore, however, said he hasn't had any setbacks with his rehab.
"I'm real happy because I've had no knee problems, nothing in my knee, no soreness, no swelling," he said. "It's all the other muscles around the knee getting used to the workload again and going full speed. That's what I have to get used to, going full speed again and getting those instincts back that I've had."
Hyde's addition could provide more time for Lattimore to heal without being forced into the lineup. It could also be a sign that, sadly, the diligent, dedicated runner might never make it all the way back to the player he was at South Carolina.