Former Oregon running back LaMichael James has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins today, a year after being waived by the San Francisco 49ers. Last year, James signed with the Dolphins’ practice squad, but had since made it to their active roster as of Nov. 10, 2014.
The Texarkana, Texas product re-signed with Miami hoping to see a significant increase in snaps next season behind running back Lamar Miller.
The Liberty-Eylau High School star and Doak Walker Award winner will most likely compete for playing time as a receiving back alongside Damien Williams.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 20, 2015
James was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After nearly three seasons in San Francisco, James rushed for 184 yards on 41 carries and caught five passes for 45 yards. The small but speedy back saw time as a receiving back and punt returner, but did not see any significant time behind starting running back Frank Gore.
“I’d be lying to you if I said it’s not frustrating. I want to be out there, but I understand we have a lot of running backs and it’s difficult to get on the field,” James told The Oregonian.
Oregon’s prolific running back left Eugene for the NFL with a year of college eligibility remaining. He became the Ducks’ first two-time consensus All-American and ranked first in school history with 5,082 career rushing yards. In 2011, his final year at Oregon, James led the nation in rushing yards per game (150.42), and ranked second nationally in total rushing yards (1805) and all-purpose yards per game (181.30).
Dolphins announced they have signed former 49ers RB LaMichael James to a one-year contract. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2015
James will most likely fit in as a flex back behind Miller and has an opportunity to become an integral part of an uptempo Miami offense. The 5’9″, 195 lb running back achieved unprecedented success as a small but speedy back in Chip Kelly‘s high octane Oregon offense.
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