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Mike James | Running Back | #39

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 223
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (189) / TB
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Lions signed RB Mike James, TE Kennard Backman, TE Khari Lee, LB Steve Longa, OT Matt Rotheram, T/G Brandon Thomas, WR Andrew Turzilli, and CB Charles Washington to reserve/future contracts.
We already blurbed Jared Abbrederis, who was among this group. Backman is a former Packers draft pick. James has spent most of his career at the bottom of the Bucs' roster. Thomas is a former top-100 pick of the 49ers. Jan 9 - 4:42 PM

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Bucs waived RB Mike James.

It's an indication Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) is ready to return.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Bucs re-signed RB Mike James.

James was released with an injury settlement last month. James knows Tampa's system well, and figures to see some work Thursday night against the Falcons. With Doug Martin (hamstring) and Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) ailing, James will form a committee with Antone Smith and Peyton Barber.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 02:18:00 PM

Buccaneers released RB Mike James with an injury settlement.

He's been taken off injured reserve and is free to sign elsewhere. James spent last year on the Bucs' practice squad. He's rushed 79 times for 332 yards with no touchdowns in 19 NFL appearances.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 06:15:00 PM

Bucs waived/injured RB Mike James.

James made the initial 53-man roster as the No. 3 back. One of Peyton Barber or Russell Hansbrough will likely be elevated from the practice squad.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:24:00 PM

Bucs waived RB Mike James.

James was fourth on the depth chart behind Bobby Rainey and has been inactive the first three weeks of the season. Only 24, he will get another shot somewhere.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Buccaneers declared RB Mike James, WR Mike Evans, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Mike Jenkins, QB Ryan Griffin, C Eric Kush and DE Kourtnei Brown inactive for Week 1 against the Titans.

James is a healthy scratch. Doug Martin will handle early-down work for the Bucs with Charles Sims spelling him on third downs. Tampa Bay could look to run the ball more with top receiver Mike Evans sitting out with a hamstring injury.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Mike James rushed four times for nine yards in the Bucs' Week 9 loss to the Browns.

Just a breather back behind Bobby Rainey, James only handled the four touches despite Doug Martin and Charles Sims' inactivity. James has no value in re-draft leagues, and little to none in Dynasty settings.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 04:30:00 PM

Mike James rushed four times for four yards in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

James caught a pass, but lost five yards. James briefly spelled Bobby Rainey after Rainey's first of two lost fumbles, but the Bucs quickly thought better of it. A distant third behind Rainey and Doug Martin, James is off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Mike James (shoulder) is probable for Week 1 against the Panthers.

James was limited early in the week, but will be fine for Sunday's game. He's not expected to see any touches behind Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Mike James (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

James missed the Bucs' final two preseason games, but has been practicing since last week. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers. Bobby Rainey is locked in as Doug Martin's backup.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Bucs RB Mike James (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

James ended up missing a little more than a week. He's third in line for touches behind Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 02:02:00 PM

Mike James sustained a shoulder injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

James is not expected to play in this week's third preseason contest. It's another injury concern in the backfield for the Bucs, who already lost Charles Sims to a fractured ankle. Assuming James is ready for Week 1, he'll pair with Bobby Rainey behind Doug Martin.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Mike James has been getting mostly third-team reps at Bucs camp.

James is battling Bobby Rainey for reps behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. We'd expect him to win out. James handled himself well in a couple spot starts last year, even putting 28-158-0 on the Seahawks in an overtime Week 9 loss. If Martin were to go down, James and Sims would likely form a committee attack.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 09:22:00 AM

Coach Lovie Smith reiterated the Buccaneers plan to "play more than one" running back this season.

New OC Jeff Tedford had an extensive RBBC history in college. "We’ve made it known that we’re going to play more than one. You need a lot," explained Smith. "In order for us to be a good running football team, we need to have more than one good player, and we feel like we have at least about four that we feel like if we went into a game with them, we could have a good running game." Doug Martin will be the lead back, but his handcuff situation lacks clarity.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 10:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Mike James
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Jace Billingsley
3Ryan Spadola
4Andrew Turzilli
WR21Marvin Jones
2T.J. Jones
3Jared Abbrederis
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Cole Wick
3Khari Lee
4Kennard Backman
LT1Taylor Decker
2Corey Robinson
LG1Graham Glasgow
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
RG1Laken Tomlinson
2Brandon Thomas
RT1Cornelius Lucas
2Matt Rotheram
3Pierce Burton
K1Matt Prater