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LaMichael James was a Niner (CUT!)

know what would be cool ? to see LMJ as a slot receiver in a 3 wideout set , with Gore and Hunter in the backfield

Harbs and Roman are known for throwing some exotic formations on the field , maybe we will see something with our top 3 backs on the field together
Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
How come a tiny guy like LaMichael can add 10 lbs. of muscle and AJ Jenkins can only add 4?....
work ethic. I am sure that is a depressing answer as we are talking about a first round draft choice but that is the best I got

I think the biggest reason could be genetics. Jenkins body type would appear to be an Ectomorph while James' is either a Mesomorph or an Endomorph. Mesomorph and Endomorphs have an easier time packing on muscle muscle mass.

Also, I haven't read anything about James adding 10lbs of muscle. It only says that his weight is up 10lbs. That is more than likely a mix of muscle and fat. My guess is that by the end of training camp he will have shed the fat that comes a long with muscle gain, and is weight will have come down 3 or 4 pounds.
[ Edited by Utah9er on May 31, 2013 at 7:55 AM ]
Hunter has been really good. Unless Gore (or Hunter) get injured I don't see James getting a ton of touches. I do think he'll be the primary return guy though.
i can see Harbs and co splitting the carries pretty evenly with a slight edge to Gore. It would keep all 3 fresh the entire season.
Originally posted by nickbradley:
Hate to burst your bubble, but nobody has returned to 100% after an Achilles rupture.

Demaryius Thomas of Denver says hello.......

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Denver Broncos 16 16 94 1,434 15.3 71T 10 -- -- -- -- -- 3 3
[ Edited by NinerFan408 on May 31, 2013 at 8:36 AM ]
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In 2012, James was held back by his school's late graduation and the steep learning curve going from Oregon's playbook to the complexities of the NFL. While he did well enough late in the season, we didn't see much of the explosiveness and jaw dropping elusiveness that he demonstrated in college. This could be because he was still thinking too much and not able to let his natural athletic ability take over. If that was the case, we should see the difference this year.

One of the most interesting battles in training camp will be for the #2 running back position. If James beats out Hunter to become the #2, then he'll get the playing time and the opportunities that could translate into a breakout season. If Hunter holds him off, he'll be relegated to special teams duties and change-of-pace opportunities on offense... an area where he can shine, no doubt, but it's harder to call it a breakout season when the player's a specialist. Hunter's a pretty solid back, when healthy, and he does all the little things that get you on the field. And, oh yeah, Jewell Hampton... gonna be interesting.
Originally posted by RishikeshA:
I watched Oregon games and LMJ can run inside and get the tough yards. This year I'm sure he'll break some long runs frm scrimmage and special teams. Hunter should be the feature back at some point. Lattimore could be the best of all if he overcomes his injuries. Jewel Hampton has ability and could surprise. Looks like the 49ers are set at running back.

Good post and i concur. You saw it in the Green Bay playoff game. There was play where he took a handoff up the middle and gained 5 plus yards after contact. It took multiple defenders to bring him down! He plays bigger than he is and thats very impressive for a small back. Now that he's added another 10 lbs he will only be more explosive and powerful.


As an Iowa fan I can say Hampton has a ton of ability. Whether or not he can stay healthy and actually get on the field is another story all together. The guy just can't stay healthy and it isn't going to help his cause considering how loaded this team is at running back.
can you spell LeMichael James ?
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
can you spell LeMichael James ?

yes....LaMichael James
I hope so, but what I think we should do on offense vs. what Harbaugh / Roman do on offense varies.
[ Edited by NinerBuff on May 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM ]
Originally posted by NinerFan408:
Originally posted by nickbradley:
Hate to burst your bubble, but nobody has returned to 100% after an Achilles rupture.

Demaryius Thomas of Denver says hello.......

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Denver Broncos 16 16 94 1,434 15.3 71T 10 -- -- -- -- -- 3 3


Yea . . . well he did that while being at 90% of his original self.

Would have done a lot better if he had not had that Achilles tear. Imagine.
Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
Originally posted by NinerFan408:
Originally posted by nickbradley:
Hate to burst your bubble, but nobody has returned to 100% after an Achilles rupture.

Demaryius Thomas of Denver says hello.......

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Denver Broncos 16 16 94 1,434 15.3 71T 10 -- -- -- -- -- 3 3


Yea . . . well he did that while being at 90% of his original self.

Would have done a lot better if he had not had that Achilles tear. Imagine.

People keep doubting modern medicine . The rules have changed.
I'm excited for him, but he needs to get better hands. If his ball security is anything like it was last year then he's gonna cost us points. He had 50 or 60 touches over the season and playoffs, yet he fumbled twice, and nearly fumbled another handful of times. I can only remember specifically the near fumbles vs. the Patriots and Falcons, but I'm pretty sure there were a couple more. He needs to work on that more than anything else, but it he develops good ball security he should be a stud. Hunter's still my boy though!
LOVE LMJ!!! Watched his entire collegiate career and he's a true home run hitter from the backfield. People knock his size, but he came into the league at 195, the same as Ray Rice. Now that he's up to 205, he's at Shady McCoy weight. I love his explosiveness when he returns kicks ( he saved our asses in the NE game ), and I love the battle for extra yards when he's in at RB. If he can add the punt return duties to the back of his card, he could be a dynamic weapon for us.

BBBBUUUUUTTTTT

Couple things.....

1. The backfield is loaded. Gore is not going to give up the Iron Throne this year unless he suffers an injury. Even if he does, Hunter looked like the best back out of the 3 last year. Both have college experience in the read option/shotgun formation. If Hunter is all the way back, which I think he will be by the time camp opens, he will def be getting a lot of #2 carries this year. If Gore went down in week 1 last year and Hunter stayed healthy, he would have rushed for 1200 yards and we would be singing his praises. There's too many mouths to feed for a true breakout, **baring an injury**.

2. The 9ers offense does not throw it to backs. If James were in NO, or Philly, or Chicago, or Balt, or Tampa, or Clev, or SD, or NE, or...OK, let me stop there, basically if he was on 90% of other teams, we could consider him a possible breakout by being a receiver out of the backfield. That is not the case in SF. I mentioned this in another thread, we just do not throw it to backs. Harbs didn't do it at Stanford and we have not done it since he took over in SF. Those passes go to the TE's, not the backs. Unless there is a major shift in offensive philosophy, James will never see that many touches. It sucks because I think he would be a major threat one on one with a backer, but its not gonna happen.

So the question is, what do you mean by breakout year? A Darren Sproles to NO with 2000 all purpose yards??? A Cobb like breakout with him being a threat as a receiver out of the backfield with some runs mixed in?

Its hard because LMJ could easily match Jacquizz Rodgers production from last year with 1400 all purpose yards, but Rodgers did that on 53 catches for 402 yards, LMJ wont come close to that mark. I think LMJ best bet for a breakout is to be a monster in the return game.

If he does what David Wilson did last year ( led the league in kick return yards at 1533 + 358yards rushing ) I think that would be considered a breakout. I know many would not agree with that, but it would be based on LMJs circumstances.

What if he ends up with Josh Cribbs numbers....1178 KR, 457 PR, 0 TD. Would we consider that to be a breakout? 3rd in the NFL in KR and 2nd in PR? I think that would be a breakout, but again, not many would agree with that.

So really, what do you consider a breakout???
I sure hope it is. LMJ is the prototype RB for the unstoppable Pistol scheme!