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Mike James | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 223
College: Miami (FL)
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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. Aug 18 - 11:57 AM

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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.
Aug 3 - 9:22 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.
Jul 31 - 10:46 PM

Pewter Report's Mark Cook believes RB Mike James is on the roster bubble.

With Doug Martin and rookie Charles Sims guaranteed to make the team, James is fighting with Bobby Rainey and Jeff Demps for two roster spots. Demps' speed and special teams ability give him a huge edge, likely leaving James and Rainey to compete for one spot. The Bucs haven't ruled out moving Demps to receiver, which could allow them to keep all five players.
Jun 28 - 12:08 PM

Mike James (ankle) did not participate in OTAs this week.

James is still recovering from his Week 10 ankle injury and has yet to be cleared. The missed time isn't a major concern, but James can't afford to have any setbacks with Bobby Rainey pushing for the No. 2 running back job. James is hoping to be ready for offseason workouts in May.
Apr 26 - 2:22 PM

Mike James (ankle) has resumed running and cutting.

James' stint as the Bucs' feature back was ended prematurely as he broke his ankle in Week 10, just three weeks after Doug Martin's season-ending shoulder injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready for OTAs, but training camp won't be an issue. James will have a leg up on Bobby Rainey for the No. 2 job after averaging 4.91 YPC on his 60 rookie-year rushes.
Apr 16 - 11:31 AM

Coach Lovie Smith confirmed he sees Mike James as a tailback, not a fullback.

Lovie added that he sees James as a "very good" tailback at a stocky 5'10/223. The 2013 sixth-rounder handled himself reasonably well following Doug Martin's season-ending shoulder injury, rushing 57 times for 283 yards (4.96 YPC) in four starts. As long as James' rehab from a broken ankle goes smoothly, he'll enter the season as Martin's handcuff once again.
Mar 26 - 9:16 AM

Bucs RB Mike James has been officially diagnosed with a broken left ankle, and is done for the season.

The news comes four days after the Bucs placed Doug Martin on injured reserve with a torn labrum, and has Tampa down to its third- and fourth-string running backs. Coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday that Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey will form a committee, but it's unclear what their roles might be. Leonard had been serving as the Bucs' third-down back, but was more of an early-down grinder in Monday's win. It's possible he'll keep his old role with a few added carries, with Rainey coming on to change the pace. Neither player is going to provide more than RB3 value in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 03:34:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Mike James fractured his left ankle in Monday night's game against the Dolphins and is "out indefinitely."

James gashed the Dolphins for 41 yards on five carries on the opening drive, getting the offense down to the one-yard line before he was carted off the field following a tackle where Dannell Ellerbe landed on James' ankle and trapped it between the turf and Ellerbe. James is still undergoing tests, but initial X-rays revealed a fracture. The severity isn't yet known. Brian Leonard has been getting much of the work in James' absence, though Bobby Rainey has been sprinkled in and has scored a touchdown. James' rookie season may be over.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 11:04:00 PM

Mike James was carted off the field on the opening drive of Monday night's game against the Dolphins with a left ankle injury.

James was shredding the Dolphins on the opening possession. He rushed five times for 41 yards and also had a 17-yard run called back due to an illegal motion penalty. On the play he was injured, James rushed up the middle for three yards down to the Miami one-yard line. Dolphins MLB Dannell Ellerbe tackled James from behind and appeared to land on James' ankle, pinning it awkwardly against the turf. James is done for the night. Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey are the only healthy running backs on the Tampa Bay roster.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 08:53:00 PM

Mike James rushed 28 times for 158 yards and caught two passes for eight yards in the Bucs' Week 9 loss to Seattle.

He added a two-yard touchdown pass on a trick play to TE Tom Crabtree. James' workload was supplemented by the fact Tampa Bay grabbed a shocking 21-0 first-quarter lead, allowing the Bucs to lean on the run the rest of the way. Mike Glennon only tried 23 pass attempts. James gets what's blocked and runs hard, even if he lacks big-play ability. He'll continue to be a flex consideration when the Buccaneers host the Dolphins in Week 10. That's assuming Doug Martin (shoulder) doesn't return; we don't expect him to.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 07:49:00 PM

Mike James rushed 10 times for 39 yards in Thursday night's Week 8 loss to the Panthers.

He added four catches for 25 yards. Making his first career start, James struggled in a tough matchup against the Panthers -- averaging just 3.9 yards per attempt. He was removed in all third down situations in favor Brian Leonard, but was able to factor into the passing game with five targets. James will be just a low-end RB3/FLEX option until Doug Martin (shoulder) returns.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Coach Greg Schiano expressed confidence in rookie RB Mike James Monday.

With Doug Martin (shoulder) sidelined, James is going to make his first career start against the Panthers Thursday. "I've liked what I've seen of Mike the last few weeks, both in practice and the game," Schiano said. "I think Mike has really improved as a running back from the beginning stages of training camp and made improvement steadily. When he's had his opportunities, he's done good things." Brian Leonard will play on third downs and Bobby Rainey may get a couple change-of-pace touches, but James is the clear-cut feature back. A plus pass-catcher with some burst at 5'10/220, he'll be a flex option despite a tough matchup.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 09:43:00 AM

Mike James projects as the Bucs feature back for the foreseeable future.

Doug Martin is likely done for the season due to a torn labrum. That thrusts James, a sixth-round rookie out of Miami, into an every-down role. He plays slower than his 4.58 forty suggests at 5'10/220, but he's an excellent receiver out of the backfield. That will fit nicely with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Despite a tough upcoming schedule, James needs to be added in all leagues as a candidate for 15-18 touches weekly. Fullback Brian Leonard and return man Jeff Demps are the only other "running backs" on the roster.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:31:00 AM

Mike James had 14 carries for 45 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to Atlanta.

He added three catches for eight yards. With Doug Martin (shoulder) sidelined in the third quarter, James took over as the lead back and finished with 17 touches. He rarely left the field, but was removed on third downs in favor of Brian Leonard. James has intriguing potential and is a legit weapon in the passing game. He's worth adding in all fantasy leagues where available with Martin potentially dealing with a multi-week injury.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
3Mike Kafka
4Alex Tanney
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Jeff Demps
5Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Lonnie Pryor
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Robert Herron
4Skye Dawson
5Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Louis Murphy
3Eric Page
4Tommy Streeter
5Russell Shepard
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Brandon Myers
2Austin Seferian-Jenkins
3Tim Wright
4Luke Stocker
5Cameron Brate
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray