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25 Mike James RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/223 | Birthdate: 4/13/1991 | Birthplace: Haines City, FL, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Miami (Fla.) | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 10/0 | Average Draft Position: 183.76
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Mike James resumes running and cutting


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Buccaneers running back Mike James is working his way back into football shape after breaking his left ankle last season. He told the Tampa Bay Times that he's been running and cutting and is aiming to get back to full strength and speed. Asked if he would be ready for the team's April minicamp, James said he and the team are "taking everything day by day." 

Bucs to lean on Doug Martin over Mike James, Bobby Rainey


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith plans to lean on running back Doug Martin this season, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Martin is expected to be 100 percent recovered from last year's shoulder injury.

"We're going to lean on one guy, but I like the rotation," Smith said of Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. "I think you have to have a bell cow. He's ours. At the running back position, there are enough reps to go along. We want three guys we feel comfortable with. Two will play, but it's not a rotation that where every series we're going to have a different guy in there."


Buccaneers plan 1-2 punch in backfield


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Doug Martin will be the lead back in Tampa Bay in 2014, but new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is talking up a 1-2 punch in the backfield, according to the team's website. That could mean pairing Martin with Mike James or Bobby Rainey or someone else.

"I've been very fortunate to be around a lot of great backs – Michael Pittman, who played here; Maurice Morris, at Oregon," Tedford said. "And then through Cal we were really fortunate to always have two really good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch who were together; and then Marshawn and Justin Forsett were together; and Marshawn and Jahvid Best; then Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen. We really always had a real good 1-2 punch in the backfield, and I think that's what you need.

"I think for one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, [is difficult]. [You need] to have two and probably three backs that are quality backs that can provide different things for you, as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups.

"I think it's important to find guys that are versatile that can do those things, and then have great speed. When I say 'speed in space,' [I mean] to get out-flanked and get guys in the open field that can make guys miss and be explosive with big plays."


Bucs replace Mike James with Michael Hill


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2013) The Buccaneers announced Tuesday they signed running back Michael Hill off the Packers' practice squad to take the roster spot of running back Mike James, who was placed on injured reserve with a broken left ankle.

Buccaneers confirm Mike James done for the season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James is out for the season with a broken left ankle, coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times. James averaged 4.9 yards per carry in eight games before suffering the injury Monday night.

Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey are expected to split carries Week 11 vs. Atlanta.


Report: Mike James has fractured ankle


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) X-rays revealed Buccaneers running back Mike James fractured his ankle on the opening drive vs. Miami, reports NFL Network. James was off to a great start, gaining 41 yards on five carries, when he suffered the injury on a goal-line run.

The rookie will be out indefinitely, the report said.


Surging Mike James carted off with ankle injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James was carted off the field in the first quarter vs. Miami with an ankle injury. James suffered the injury on a goal-line run in which he was stopped just short.

On the play, Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe tackled James from behind and landed on his ankle. James, who carried five times for 41 yards, was replaced by Brian Leonard. James' fast start against Miami followed his breakout performance Week 9 at Seattle, when he ran 28 times for 158 yards.

The Buccaneers host the Falcons in Week 11, and James' status will be updated throughout the week.


Mike James has nice Week 10 matchup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/7/2013) After a breakout Week 9 performance -- in which he ran for 158 yards and threw for a touchdown -- Buccaneers running back Mike James is staring down a great matchup in Week 10, against a Miami team that has allowed opposing running backs to score 24 or more points in five of the last six games. 

The Dolphins haven't allowed a single back to reach 100 rushing yards yet this season, but they've faced several committees and have let them do significant damage. In the last two weeks alone, the Dolphins have allowed running backs to gain 298 total yards on the ground, with four rushing touchdowns. They've allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. 

James should be able to step in and have a successful day against the Dolphins. He has a 4.6 yards-per-carry average and is in good shape to score his first rushing touchdown of the season. He can be started in most leagues. 


Mike James cracks century mark, shows trickery with passing TD


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James used a bit of trickery as he threw a touchdown pass during Sunday’s contest against the Seahawks.

James took a handoff from Mike Glennon near the goal-line and made a jump-pass to Tom Crabtree for a 2-yard score late in the second quarter. James never attempted a pass during his four years in college with the University of Miami.

James also cracked the century mark on the ground for the first time since his high school days. He rushed for a game-high 158 yards on 28 carries (5.6 yards per carry), and caught two passes for eight yards in a 27-24 overtime defeat.

James has racked up 197 yards on 38 carries over his last two games as the starter. He'll look to keep rolling against Miami in Week 10. The Dolphins allowed 163 yards on the ground against Cincinnati in Week 9.

Mike James finishes with 64 yards in start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James earned the start and most of the carries Thursday, in a 31-13 loss to the Panthers in Week 8.

James led the team with 39 rushing yards on 10 carries, and was used in the passing game as well. James hauled in four passes while being targeted five times, finishing with 25 yards through the air.

As long as Doug Martin is sidelined, James will likely continue to be the team's starter at running back. He faces a tough matchup if he is indeed the starter in Week 9, however, as the Seahawks loom on the schedule. 


Mike James worth consideration against Panthers


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/22/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James, the presumed starter in the wake of Doug Martin's injury, is set to carry the load Thursday against a Panthers run defense that has been pretty solid this season.

The Panthers have given up an average of 15 Fantasy points per game, but their opponents have yo-yoed from Zac Stacy's 14 points in Week 7 to Marshawn Lynch's four in Week 1. 

Just one back has run for 100 yards against Carolina (C.J. Spiller in Week 2), and the Panthers have given up just three touchdowns to opposing running backs all season. With James being a relative unknown, there's always a chance he breaks out for a big game and shocks the world, but the six games worth of research the Panthers have given us suggest he may just end up being mediocre.

Still, 16 carries for 50 yards and the hope of a touchdown -- with some receiving yards mixed in (the 50.8 receiving yards per game Carolina gives up to running backs is the fourth-most in the league) -- could be good enough for a flex start, especially in a week with six teams on bye. 

James is far from a sure thing, but if you were lucky enough to snag him off the waiver wire, he's worth a start under the right set of circumstances. 


Mike James fills in admirably


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2013) Getting a chance to contribute with starter Doug Martin injuring his shoulder early in the second half, Buccaneers running back Mike James put up comparable numbers Week 7 at Atlanta. He had 14 carries for 45 yards compared to Martin's 11 for 47.

Of course, the rookie did have the element of surprise working in his favor. Coming in with the Buccaneers down two scores, his carries came in obvious passing situations, which would also explain why he had three catches for 8 yards. Of his 45 rushing yards, 21 came on his final four carries.

Martin told the media after the game that X-rays on his shoulder were negative, but his arm was in a sling. If he's unable to play Week 8 against the Panthers, James would likely carry the load in what figures to be a tough matchup.


Mike James nets 7 rushing yards


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James saw two carries behind Doug Martin on Sunday during a Week 6 home loss to the Eagles. 

James rushed for 7 yards on the contest and averaged 3.5 yards per carry. He did not see any targets in the passing game. 


Bucs gets contributions from role players Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Buccaneers wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, running back Brian Leonard, fullback Erik Lorig, running back Jeff Demps and running back Mike James all had minor contributions on offense Week 4 vs. Arizona.

Demps had one carry for 14 yards and one catch for 8 yards, Ogletree had five catches (nine targets) for 30 yards, Leonard had two catches for 11 yards, Lorig had one catch for 20 yards and James had one catch for 2 yards.


Mike James nets 5 rushing yards


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Buccaneers running back Mike James did little behind starter Doug Martin Sunday of Week 3 at New England. James rushed just once for 5 yards. James was not targeted in the passing game, either. The Bucs play against the Cardinals in their Week 4 game.

Mike James active for Tampa Bay


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) The Buccaneers have running back Mike James active for the Week 1 game against the Jets. James was listed on the injury report due to an eye injury. He had been questionable on the injury report. 

Buccaneers list injury report for Week 1


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) The Buccaneers had three players who were limited in practice Friday, leaving their statuses for Week 1 against the Jets Sunday somewhat up in the air.

Runningbacks Erik Lorig and Mike James are considered questionable for the game, while tackle Demar Dotson is probable and is expected to play.


Bucs' backups get plenty of run


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) With starting Doug Martin leaving the game with a head injury and Brian Leonard sitting the game out, the Buccaneers' backup running backs received plenty of work in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots. Mike James was the first back out to replace Martin, though he mostly split carries with Peyton Hillis throughout the game.

James rushed the ball 15 times for 81 yards and was more effective overall, leading the team in rushing yards while adding three catches fro 23 yards. Hillis was less explosive overall, rushing for 73 yards on 18 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per carry to James' 5.4.

Martin's injury is not expected to be serious, but the team could opt to sit him out for the remainder of the preseason as a precaution and let James and Hillis battle for the No. 3 spot. 


Bucs lean defensively on Day 3


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2013) The Bucs' haul from Day 3 of the NFL draft included three defensive players and a running back. Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence, Michigan State defensive end William Gholston and Buffalo defensive end Steven Means made up the defenders while Miami running back Mike James was the lone offensive player taken on Day 3.