Originally posted by LifelongNiner:Originally posted by TheRatMan13:Believe it or not Sproles wasn't used in the passing game at Kansas State as some might think. He was a power runner. He learned to catch with SD and that's when he became an NFL weapon.
I think people here (including me) see James' skill set as very similar to Sproles in college. Its a very tough comparison to rely on because the niners run a completely different scheme than the saints, but if James has the drive of Sproles, I don't see how he couldn't be used in a very similar fashion.
I along with many others have advocated for getting James involved in the passing game. Not only because of his speed, but also because he will rarely contribute as a running back. Even when Gore is retired, we still will have Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore. If LaMichael James expects to have a regular role on this team, it will be in returning kicks, punts, as a pass catcher, and running reverses, sweeps, screens, etc. Also, I think Roger Craig wasn't exactly known as a pass catcher coming out of Nebraska, but boy did he become one in San Francisco.
You are right that if James has the drive of Darren Sproles, he will be successful. Hopefully he has the drive because the opportunity is there for the taking. He can solidify himself as the primary returner and as our homerun threat. I wonder if he recognizes this?
Perhaps he should take a page out of Vernon's book and start practicing with the receivers.
As for defenses, all it would take is one home run play and they would have to account for it the rest of the season.