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Lawrence Okoye’s Chances of Making the Team, Lattimore Working Hard

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Second-year defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye is fighting to make the San Francisco 49ers 53-man roster, Marcus Lattimore wants to be the starter, Boldin continues to lead and more.

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1. Will Okoye Make the Team?

Second-year defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye is fighting to make the San Francisco 49ers 53-man roster this offseason. The former British Olympian, weighing 304 pounds, jumps higher and runs faster than most players on the team – he tracked down punt returning cornerback Darryl Morris during a recent practice. But he is competing for a backup spot at one of the squad’s deepest positions. Behind starters Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, Okoye is battling against Demarcus Dobbs, Quinton Dial, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine and rookie Kaleb Ramsey for a place on the defensive line.

>>Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio thinks that the Okoye at 6'6'' has to learn to play the game lower to the ground. "There aren’t many 6’5” or taller guys that are good defensive players," Fangio said. "They’ve got to bend their knees and get them down to 6’2” when they need to."

>>Okoye on why he chose football.

2. Lattimore Aspires to Gore's Gig

Nearly 20 months removed from a devastating knee injury at South Carolina, Marcus Lattimore is looking to do more than just return to the playing field. He wants to start. “I’m trying to take (Frank Gore’s) job,” Lattimore told USA Today. “But I know that’s going to be the hardest thing in the world.” After months of demanding rehab, overcoming hardship is nothing new for the second-year running back. “Man, this has been a long road,” Lattimore said.

>>Enjoy these images of Lattimore from minicamp.

3. Boldin Still Leading the Way

It comes at no surprise that Anquan Boldin, a 12-year veteran receiver, continues to set the pace at the SAP Training Center. "Comes to practice, goes straight home, comes back and kicks butt the next day. And then he goes home, comes back and kicks butt again,” Harbaugh said. “You feel showered by the attributes that he has in terms of seriousness of being great, and seriousness of our team improving and winning, in all regards. Everything he does."

4. Photo of the Day

Colin Kaepernick and Brandon Lloyd share a laugh at minicamp.

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