LaMichael James | RB | San Francisco 49ers
Posted: 4/17/2014 3:25pm et
According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.
Huddle Up: James, a 2nd-round pick in 2012, has certainly had a hard time finding his niche with the Niners, totalling only 44 touches (39 rushes, 5 receptions) over his first 2 seasons. A change of scenery definitely appears to be in the best interests for both parties.
Posted: 2/10/2014 1:45pm et
The San Francisco 49ers may be willing to trade RB LaMichael James this offseason if they able to have another plan for their return game. James could be on the trade block because of the other running backs the team on their roster.
Huddle Up: Even with Frank Gore approaching the end of his career the Niners are still stocked at running back. James' primary value has been as a return man; if the team is confident they can address that need via free agency or the draft--or with someone on their current roster--James becomes an expendable piece.
Posted: 9/11/2013 12:40am et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) said Tuesday, Sept. 10, that he feels he will be able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 11. He suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the team's preseason finale.
Huddle Up: After showing flashes late last season and in the postseason, James looked poised to challenge for the No. 2 role behind starter Frank Gore, but the preseason injury put the second-year back behind the eight ball, not to mention Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon. Bottom line: James will have some work to do to earn PT even after getting healthy.
Posted: 9/1/2013 10:51pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) will not need surgery to repair a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. However, he will be unavailable to return punts or kickoffs dor at least the first three or four regular season games. Last season, he was not active when both RBs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter were active, so James might not even dress for the first month or so.
Huddle Up: James is a RB to park at the end of your bench in 12-team and larger leagues and see what develops. In the meantime, though, Kendall Hunter is the change-of-pace back behind starter Frank Gore.
Posted: 8/30/2013 6:23pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament. With James likely to be sidelined for at least a few weeks, WR Kyle Williams is likely to see a bigger role on punt returns, with WR Quinton Patton potentially seeing more of a role in the kick return game.
Huddle Up: James' injury pretty much knocks off him off the fantasy radar in 10-team leagues as Kendall Hunter will start the season as the No. 2 back behind Frank Gore.
Posted: 8/5/2013 9:15pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James will get the first opportunity to return punts in the team's preseason game Thursday, August 8. James has improved as a punt returner over the past year. 'We look at him as a trusted agent back there to field punts and kickoffs,' coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Huddle Up: The Niners simply want to get the explosive James on the field. He also still has a strong shot at beating out Kendall Hunter in the battle for the team's No. 2 RB role.
Posted: 6/1/2013 11:28am et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James is more comfortable with the offense and the special teams return game. "I'm completely comfortable," James said. "Last year, I wasn't even here and I didn't get to do any of this stuff. It's kind of new for me, too. I've been in the offense for a year. I picked it up pretty fast, to my knowledge. Now it's kind of second nature to me." When asked about fielding punts, "You just got to see the ball," James said. "Judging the ball is key. Even though you have more wind in Candlestick, it's really just judging the ball, knowing where it's going to land and studying the nose."
Huddle Up: Look for James to have a larger role in San Francisco's offense, especially in the return game. And if Kendall Hunter isn't able to come all the way back from his injury, James could wind up as the change-of-pace/backup plan to Frank Gore as well.