LaMichael James, the seldom-used 49ers running back, may or may not want out. He has claimed in the past that his posts on his verified Twitter account are not about football. Still, it's easy to see that he has been frustrated with his role during his first two seasons after the 49ers made him a second-round draft pick in 2012. And it's hard to imagine that he's going to work his way into any kind of significant role next season, either. James was active for 10 games last season. He got his chance when the team decided to cut ties with Kyle Williams as the primary return man. James averaged a respectable 10.9 yards on 23 punt returns, while averaging 26.8 yards on 12 kick returns. He did not lose a fumble. As a running back, James played just 28 snaps during the regular season as, essentially, the No. 4 running back behind Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon. In two seasons, James has rushed for 184 yards on just 39 attempts. Among the nine running backs chosen in the first four rounds of the 2012 draft, only St. Louis' Isaiah Pead has produced less with 75 yards rushing in 25 games. Pead was chosen with the No. 50 overall pick, while James was selected No. 61.
No clear path to playing time for 49ers' James
CSN Bay Area | Jan 31