Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Verdict out on Niners rookie James

About the Author

Dan Arkush

darkush@pfwmedia.com
Executive editor

Recent posts by Dan Arkush

Baylor WR Williams in first-round conversation

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 @ 2:26 p.m.

Thompson: Packers not worried about leadership void

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:26 p.m.

Seahawks GM likes 'win-win' QB situation

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 6:53 p.m.

Old-school Arians feeling young at heart

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 4:51 p.m.

Packers RB Harris looks like a real keeper

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 1:32 p.m.

Related Stories

2013 NFL draft order

Posted April 25, 2013 @ 12:46 p.m.

2013 NFC free-agent moves, by team

Posted April 15, 2013 @ 12:21 p.m.

2013 AFC free-agent moves, by team

Posted April 15, 2013 @ 12:21 p.m.

Warmack, Cooper scouting reports

Posted April 15, 2013 @ 11:02 a.m.

Elam, Vaccaro scouting reports

Posted April 12, 2013 @ 9:26 a.m.

Milliner, Mathieu scouting reports

Posted April 11, 2013 @ 1:48 p.m.

Te'o, Ogletree scouting reports

Posted April 10, 2013 @ 12:57 p.m.

Lotulelei, Werner scouting reports

Posted April 09, 2013 @ 3:13 p.m.

Joeckel, Long scouting reports

Posted April 08, 2013 @ 11:35 a.m.

2013 preseason schedule

Posted April 04, 2013 @ 4:07 p.m.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 5:20 p.m. ET
By Dan Arkush

Is LaMichael James, the Niners’ surprise second-round selection in this year’s draft, who ranked second in the nation in total rushing yards (1,805) in his final season at Oregon, definitely considered the heir apparent to Frank Gore?

Not so fast, our team insiders tell us.

“I don’t know if he is the next Gore,” said one close team observer. “He’s not a guy who’s going to run through tacklers 3-4 times a game like Gore does. Now, maybe the combination of James and (Kendall) Hunter can give you that dimension.”

Just how much will James play initially?

“It’s up to him,” the observer said. “I think they’re definitely going to want him to return kicks and see how he develops as a return guy and what he shows from scrimmage. His skills and style are very similar to those of Hunter. His production (at Oregon) was outrageous, and he stayed pretty healthy. But there are no guarantees. Is he another Darren Sproles or another Dexter McCluster? We’ll see.”

Sources close to the team agree that James’ presence might not bode well for Ted Ginn Jr., the team’s current kick returner, who has not provided much help at wide receiver, or newly acquired Brandon Jacobs or second-year man Anthony Dixon, in what has all of a sudden become a very crowded backfield.

“One thing with Jacobs is that he doesn’t play special teams,” the source said. “The other thing is how sick he supposedly has become of being tackled below the knees all the time, which has made him more tentative. He might really have to wow them in order to make this team.”

Comments ()


ABOUT TRUST ONLINE