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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%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 238.00
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Bucs backups do little in blowout


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Buccaneers backups did little in a 56-14 blowout against the Falcons.

Mike James managed to pick up some carries, gaining 4 yards during the contest. He did not factor into the passing game. 

Tight end Brandon Myers wound up hauling in five passes for 33 yards. Luke Stocker caught two passes for 15 yards. Robert Herron made one catch for 5 yards. Mike James also caught a pass, but it went for -5 yards. 

They'll take on the Steelers Week 4. 


Bucs might use three RBs Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Even if Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who is questionable due to a knee injury, suits up Thursday against the Falcons, coach Lovie Smith indicated the team will use multiple running backs to pace the rushing attack Week 3.

Bobby Rainey rushed for 144 yards in a Week 2 loss vs. St. Louis and third-string running back Mike James had six carries with Martin sidelined Sunday.

"We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said, per ESPN. "That’s why we’ve had three (active) every time we could. That’s just making our running back position stronger."


Three Buccaneers cleared for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) As expected, Buccaneers running backs Mike James (shoulder) and Jorvorskie Lane (hand) and defensive back Mike Jenkins (hamstring) were all ruled active and ready to for for Week 1 against the Panthers.

Buccaneers backup running backs expected to play


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Buccaneers running backs Mike James (shoulder) and Jorvorskie Lane (hand) are both considered probable for Week 1 against the Panthers, after practicing without limitation Friday. 

Bucs list six as inactive Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) The Buccaneers unveiled their inactives list for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, featuring a handful of injured players who will not suit up.

Running back Mike James (shoulder) and defensive lineman William Gholston (shoulder) are both inactive, along with running back Chares Sims (ankle), defensive back Danny Gorrer, defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers and defensive back Mike Jenkins


Shoulder likely to shelve Mike James for third preseason game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Buccaneers running back Mike James, who hurt his right shoulder against the Dolphins, is not expected to play in the third preseason game Saturday at Buffalo, reports the Tampa Bay Times. It's another blow to the team's depth at running back. Rookie Charles Sims will miss at least the first nine regular-season games with an ankle injury.

"I've got to be careful what I say right now," coach Lovie Smith told the paper, "but we're not in as good of shape as we were before."


Buccaneers bit by injury bug in preseason game No. 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Buccaneers were but by the injury bug during Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins. The team had several players leave with injuries.

Running back Mike James left the game with a right shoulder injury in the third quarter. He finished 18 yards on three carries and did not return.

Defensive end William Gholston also suffered a shoulder injury and did not return. Defensive back Rashaan Melvin suffered an ankle injury was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Linebacker Brandon Magee was carted off with a right ankle injury and safety Major Wright exited with a back injury.

Mike James, Bobby Rainey to compete for backup spot


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/15/2014) The Buccaneers have said all offseason that the envision more than one running back doing most of the damage against opposing defenses, but those plans took a hit when rookie Charles Sims suffered an ankle injury that will cost him at least the first nine weeks of the NFL season. 

The injury should open the door for Mike James and Bobby Rainey to compete for a spot in the rotation with starter Doug Martin in Tampa Bay. Through one preseason game Rainey has 25 yards on six carries and James has 12 yards on three carries. James has a 20-yard catch while Rainey hasn't caught a ball yet. Both backs had experience running the ball last season with the Bucs and each caught a few passes, but James got the chance first and played well until getting hurt. Then Rainey came in and did well to close out the season. 

It's too soon to pick one of these guys as a handcuff to Martin for Fantasy but because Rainey saw playing time before James in their first preseason game we'd give him the nod for now. 


Charles Sims injury alters running back situation in Tampa Bay


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The loss for at least half the season of promising Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will likely result in more carries for Doug Martin. Sims had been considered a threat to take attempts away from Martin, who is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2013 season.

Martin was deemed the featured back by Lovie Smith in June. The Sims injury could cement his status, though it could also result in increased work for fellow backs Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Both flashed last year in the absence of Martin. Rainey achieved two 100-yard performances before tailing off late while James rushed for 158 yards against Seattle, no less, and averaged a team-best 4.9 YPC on the season.


Bobby Rainey, Mike James not roster locks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) With the Buccaneers drafting running back Charles Sims to pair with Doug Martin, either Bobby Rainey or Mike James "could get caught in a numbers game," reports the Tampa Tribune.

Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns last year but averaged 3.8 yards per carry. James ran for 295 yards in nine games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.


Bucs could rely on multiple running backs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin might not be a workhorse for Tampa Bay this season under new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Tedford said he believes in alternating running backs, and behind Martin is rookie Charles Sim, Mike James and Bobby Rainey.

"I think you have to alternate," Tedford said Tuesday. "I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It’s just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and tat type of thing. That's the goal to try and create some depth right there where there's not a dropoff when one guy comes in and another guy goes out. There's no dropoff. We just keep going."

Martin played in only six games last season before suffering a shoulder injury against Atlanta that eventually landed him on injured reserve. James and Rainey were both productive as replacement backs. Sims, at 6-foot, 214-pounds, is a bigger back who caught more than 200 passes in college.


Mike James close to returning from ankle injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Buccaneers running back Mike James, who broke his left ankle Week 10, did not participate in last week's minicamp but hopes to return for next month's OTAs, reports the team's website. James is running and cutting and is "very close" to being cleared, the report said.

James will compete with Bobby Rainey for the backup job behind Doug Martin.


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.