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Mike James | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 223
College: Miami (FL)
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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. Sep 29 - 10:27 AM

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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.
Sep 13 - 3:24 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

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.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 12:08:00 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.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 02:22:00 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.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:31:00 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.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 09:16:00 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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Ryan Griffin
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Bobby Rainey
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Adam Humphries
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Donteea Dye
WR31Donteea Dye
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
4Cameron Brate
LT1Donovan Smith
2Kevin Pamphile
LG1Logan Mankins
2Jeremiah Warren
C1Donovan Smith
2Joe Hawley
RG1Ali Marpet
2Matthew Masifilo
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
K1Connor Barth