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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 (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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Mike James rushed two times for seven yards in Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Eagles.

James has some juice in his legs, but Doug Martin almost never comes off the field. James has just four touches through five games. He's a very weak handcuff.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 04:32:00 PM

Rookie RB Mike James rushed seven times for 17 yards in the Bucs' third preseason game Saturday night.

He's at 28 preseason carries for 113 yards (4.04 YPC) and four catches. James looked like the favorite for backup duties behind Doug Martin after the second preseason game, but FB/RB Brian Leonard played tailback ahead of him Saturday night and was arguably better. While James has intriguing potential, we wouldn't waste a fantasy pick trying to handcuff Martin at this point.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:29:00 PM

Sixth-round RB Mike James rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries in the Bucs' second preseason game Friday night.

James added three catches for 23 yards and also executed a two-point conversion. After Doug Martin left early with a head injury, James was the next man up and immediately ripped off an 11-yard scamper against the Patriots' first-team defense. Through two preseason games, James has rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries (4.57 YPC). He looks to be the heavy favorite for No. 2 duties.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 02:53:00 PM

The Tampa Tribune doesn't expect the competition for the No. 2 running back job to be "much of a battle."

Sixth-round rookie Mike James is the heavy favorite, and some expect him to win out over Michael Smith and Brian Leonard in a landslide. James lacks explosion as a runner, but he is very disciplined and can block. Smith, on the other hand, could potentially be on the roster bubble.
Sun, May 26, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Bucs signed sixth-round RB Mike James to a four-year contract.

James lacks explosiveness, but he can catch and block and is considered a disciplined runner with plus vision. There are people inside the Bucs' organization who think James can immediately be Doug Martin's primary backup. He'll vie with Michael Smith and to a lesser extent Brian Leonard for the role.
Mon, May 13, 2013 04:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
3Mike Kafka
RB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3Bobby Rainey
4Michael Smith
5Jeff Demps
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Lonnie Pryor
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Lavelle Hawkins
4Skye Dawson
WR21Louis Murphy
2Eric Page
3Russell Shepard
4Tommy Streeter
WR31Chris Owusu
TE1Brandon Myers
2Tim Wright
3Tom Crabtree
4Luke Stocker
5Steve Maneri
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray