RB Edgerrin James - Free Agent
|6-0, 216||Born: 8-1-1978||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
2009 Week 1 vs STL (11 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Edge looked solid, running downhill and seeing the hole well. He had a decent burst for a player at a later stage of his career. James low YPC was mostly due to poor blocking on his garbage time runs.
2009 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Julius Jones' strong performance in Week 3 against Chicago, Edgerrin James was an afterthought in the Seahawk offense. James may see more playing time if Jones does not keep up his intensity, but for now his fantasy value is barely above zero.
2009 Week 4 vs IND (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Edgerrin James, the all-time Colts rushing leader, came into the game on the third series against his former team. He looked much better than Julius Jones, but the results were not much better. His initial burst got him 5, 4, and 5 yards up the middle on his first three carries, but the line didn't exactly give him holes to run through. As the passing became necessary, Edge took a back seat again.
2009 Week 5 vs JAX (16 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
James did not receive many important carries. He got tagged for mop up duty to end the half; then again in garbage time, with the 'Hawks up 41-0. If nothing else, he was durable, racking up carries on nine consecutive plays at one point.
2009 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James carried the ball a few times against his former NFC Champ mates, but the Seahawks were trailing all day, and did not run often.
2009 Week 8 vs DAL (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
James received 6 carries, all between the tackles, for 17 yards against the Cowboys. He also caught a dump-off pass for a modest 6 yard gain. James is working his way in to the rotation with Julius Jones, but with a lack of consistency and power up front, yards between the tackles are hard to come by. Edge does not appear to have the burst he had as a younger man, but he has a veteran's savvy and does not dance behind the hole like his much younger teammate Justin Forsett.
2008 Week 1 vs SF (26 / 100 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James ran hard through the San Francisco defensive front and often punished defenders with hard hits. He finished the games with 26 carries for 100 yards. One note is that it appears James may lose scoring opportunities to rookie RB Tim Hightower when the Cardinals are in their red zone packages.
2008 Week 2 vs MIA (18 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
James' stats for this game are a result of the Cardinals' success via the pass rather than run. He finished with 18 carries for 55 yards. He ran hard, and looked good while carrying the ball.
2008 Week 3 vs WAS (18 / 93 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
James ran the ball well against a solid Redskin defense. During the game he showed excellent vision and ability to cut his plays to the backside. He was able to gain positive yards on almost all of his carries except for one. James was not part of any packages once the Cardinals entered the red zone. On his 18 carries James was able to come up with 93 yards. James lost a fumble which was the Cardinals' first turnover of the young season which led to a Washington field goal.
2008 Week 4 vs NYJ (9 / 29 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
James did not have a particularly huge game against the Jets, largely due to Arizona falling behind so quickly, but he was able to put together a solid fantasy outing by the end of the game. He ran the ball nine times for 29 yards and scored twice in the third quarter, from four and two yards out for the Cardinals first scores of the game, and he followed the second score up with a successful two point conversion run. James also contributed in the passing game, catching five passes for 37 yards on six targets. He also showed his alertness, recovering one of Kurt Warner's four fumbles.
2008 Week 5 vs BUF (21 / 57 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
James ran hard, and although he did not post a good yards per carry average, proved effective in gaining tough yards and helping Arizona control the time of possession. James was stopped behind the line of scrimmage on over 30 percent of his rushing attempts, in large part to good penetration by the Bills' defense, but when he got past the line of scrimmage, he showed a good combination of quickness, elusiveness and power to gain positive yardage.
2008 Week 6 vs DAL (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James was focus of the offense in the first half as the Cardinals tried to get their offense started through their running game. James found the going tough, as he had little room to maneuver through any holes that may have opened. As the game wore on James found himself sharing carries with Tim Hightower, and did give way to the fresher back during the fourth quarter when the Cardinals were trying to put the game away by keeping the ball on the ground to keep the clock moving.
2008 Week 8 vs CAR (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James was an insignificant factor in this game having only seven carries for 17 yards. His miniscule stats were more of a result of the Cardinals' operating in a five receiver set for a majority of this game.
2008 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James saw only two carries and was not involved in the passing game at all.
2008 Week 14 vs STL (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James carried the ball three times for 11 yards and also looked strong.
2008 Week 16 vs NE (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
James carried the ball four times for 19 yards. He caught one ball of the backfield for six yards.
2008 Week 17 vs SEA (14 / 100 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
James had his second 100 yard game of the season and ran hard through the Seattle rush D. He finished the game with 14 carries for 100 yards, but no touchdowns. James looked good and may figure in the Cardinals' playoff picture,
2008 Week 18 vs ATL (16 / 73 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
He's ba-a-a-ack. It was vintage Edgerrin James, angry with the Cardinals for being benched earlier this year, who took out his frustration on the Atlanta defensive. He set up the first Arizona touchdown in the first quarter after three straight carries netted 21 yards. James took the next handoff into the line, then turned and pitched the ball back to Warner. Fitzgerald caught the 42 yard pass in the end zone for Arizona's first score. He seldom went down on first contact and seemed to go out of his way to punish would be tacklers. Even when James came out of the game for a breather he was smiling on the sidelines. James has openly stated that he wants to sign on with a more run oriented team next year. If he can continue playing like this, and being so highly motivated and well rested there is no reason why he can't, Arizona could be the surprise team of the playoffs.
2008 Week 19 vs CAR (20 / 57 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
On at least three running plays, James tried to run wide but slipped down on the rain slick field. Otherwise he would have averaged more than 2.9 yards per carry. Still, he ran strong between the tackles and Carolina had to account for him on every play. It was off a play action fakes that Arizona was able to open up the passing attack. On third and one, Warner play faked a pitch to James and then hit Fitzgerald on a 50 yard pass play to set up their first TD. Following their fumble recovery at the Panther 13 yard line, James gained nine yards on a screen pass before he scored the go ahead touchdown on a four yard run off left tackle. James seemed as if he had something to prove in this game. He was benched following Arizona's week eight loss to Carolina and played hardly at all in the next seven games.
2008 Week 20 vs PHI (16 / 73 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
James was able to establish the running game early for Arizona and had a 22 yard run in the second quarter which led to their third touchdown. He piled up a total of 73 yards on 16 carries, but Arizona remained committed running the ball even when he was held to no gain or loss yardage.
2008 Week 21 vs PIT (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
James only rushed nine times for 33 yards because the Cardinals fell behind in this game and had to all but abandon their rushing attack. Four of his five targets occurred in the first half primarily in the flat. Pittsburgh was rolling coverage to Fitzgerald leaving no defenders outside. Eventually the Steelers had to shift their coverage and passing lanes opened up downfield. In their first three playoff victories James led the Cardinals with 52 carries for 203 yards. He showed that he still has gas in the tank and, depending on where he plays next season, perhaps a modicum of fantasy value.
2007 Week 1 vs SF (26 / 92 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
James ran hard pounding the 49ers defenders and getting many of his yards after the first hit. He finished the game with 92 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown. He caught two passes for 20 yards on first and second downs. James did not figure in the Cardinals offense, though, on third and long situations and when the Cardinals went to their three and four receiver sets.
2007 Week 2 vs SEA (24 / 128 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
James was rock steady, starting off very slowly and waiting for an opportunity to break one. Near the end of the half, he had lulled the Seahawks defense into a false sense of security when he ran for a 17 yard score. Overall, James played well. He was missing his usual starting center, and even so still surpassed a hundred yards rushing. He was not used much in the passing game (he was often spelled on third downs by Arrington or Shipp) but when called upon, caught both balls thrown to him, turning one short catch into a first down. One important note: his gains got consistently larger as the game went on.
2007 Week 3 vs BAL (10 / 57 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
James ran the ball well against a tough Baltimore run defense, but wasn't given enough carries to produce significant numbers. His 5.7 yards per attempt average was great, although a bulk of his yardage came on a 27 yard first quarter scamper. Once the Cardinals got down by multiple scores, they abandoned the running game despite James' production. His only target in the passing game came from Kurt Warner.
2007 Week 4 vs PIT (21 / 77 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
James found the running tough against a strong Steelers' front seven. His longest run of the day was just nine yards. His runs were mainly up the middle and the yardage hard earned. 18 of James' 21 carries came on first and second downs. He scored on a two yard run to tie the score 7-7.
2007 Week 5 vs STL (26 / 88 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
James had a decent first half rushing 14 times for 54 yards and almost got a touchdown. He would be initially awarded a touchdown on a six yard running play that looked like he was down before crossing the goal line. After a review by the officials they would take the score away from James and award it to Arizona OL Reggie Wells, saying James fumbled the ball into the end zone and the score occurred on the recovery. He would get another chance to score a touchdown with the ball on the one yard line late in the first half, but he was stopped. James was never able to break off a big gain in the game, his longest run was only 13 yards. But he got a lot of carries as the Cardinals showed a commitment to the run and, he got all the carries around the goal line. He would have 34 yards rushing in the second half, but wouldn't get another good scoring opportunity.
2007 Week 6 vs CAR (22 / 80 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James was the Cardinals' leading rusher with 80 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, a 23 yard scamper. He was the focus on the Cardinals' offense, since the Panthers defense didn't fear the passing game. Despite facing seven and eight men fronts, James ran with determination. On his touchdown run, he broke two tackles to the end zone. He was targeted twice out of the backfield with passes, but the timing with Rattay was off.
2007 Week 7 vs WAS (27 / 83 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The resurgent Edgerrin James had 27 carries, but no receptions, for 83 yards, but was kept out of the end zone, giving up a couple of goalline carries to other Arizona Cardinals running backs. James had 15 carries in the first half as the Cardinals tried to control the clock.
2007 Week 9 vs TB (9 / 15 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite scoring on a three yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, James was a complete non-factor in this game rushing for only 15 yards on nine carries. He had virtually no running room against the Tampa bay rush defense and had a long run of three yards.
2007 Week 10 vs DET (18 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
James ran hard but found the Detroit front seven difficult to penetrate, His longest run was seven yards. He caught all three passes thrown to him out of the backfield and had his usually workmanlike game.
2007 Week 11 vs CIN (22 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
James found the running unusually difficult against a Bengals rush defense ranked 27th in the league. His long run was only seven yards. He did score on a three yard run early in the second half to cap off a 24 yard drive for the Cardinals offense.
2007 Week 12 vs SF (17 / 78 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
James found the running against the 49ers rush defense unusually tough going for only 78 yards on 17 carries. He also caught two passes for 11 yards. Many of James' runs were up the middle against a stout 49ers defense.
2007 Week 13 vs CLE (24 / 114 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James had a good day, rushing for 114 yards, only his second 100 yard game of the season. Despite losing Anquan Boldin and not having Larry Fitzgerald for the game, the Cardinals did not commit to the run game until late in the fourth quarter to run off the clock. During this phase, the Cardinals were very successful in running James straight up the middle of the field and the Browns were unable to shut down the rushing attack.
2007 Week 14 vs SEA (13 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
James was really a non-factor in this game toting the ball only 13 times for 46 yards. His longest run was nine yards. James' stats, or lack of them, were a result of the Cardinals' offense needing to play catch up and the team running a no huddle or a four and sometimes five receiver sets.
2007 Week 15 vs NO (16 / 84 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
James ran hard in the game finishing with 84 yards on 16 carries. He failed to find the end zone for the third consecutive game. James has scored rushing touchdowns in only two of his last six games. However, he continues to be the bulk of the Cardinals' rushing attack.
2007 Week 16 vs ATL (25 / 76 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 21 / 0 rec)
James found little room to run against a spirited Atlanta front seven. He finished the game with only 76 yards on 25 carries. He did contribute a little more in the passing game catching five balls for 21 yards. James' longest run was only nine yards.
2007 Week 17 vs STL (24 / 102 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
James had a total of 136 yards of offense for the Cardinals. He finished the game with 102 yards on 24 attempts and one score, a two yard run in the third quarter. His longest run was 25 yards and ran hard and had great vision. He caught three balls out of the backfield for 34 yards.
2006 Week 1 vs SF (26 / 73 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
James got off to a slow start in the game. The Cardinals looked incapable of moving the ball on the ground. James did have a goal line carry on the Cardinals' opening drive but he was stopped for a loss. The defense had 12 men on the field however. After that drive ended with a touchdown pass, the Cardinals fed James the ball on their second drive. He carried from the five yard line and was stopped a foot short. He then appeared to get in but was ruled down, before scoring on his third carry after diving over the defenders. James only managed 27 yards on 14 carries in the first half. During the second half, James started to get a little more running room. He had a 13 yard carry ruled out due to an illegal shift. Late in the game, he had an 11 yard carry to the one, but it was ruled out because of a holding penalty. He ended the day with 26 carries for 73 yards and a score and also caught three of his six targets for a total of 13 yards.
2006 Week 2 vs SEA (18 / 64 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 33 / 0 rec)
It took quite a while for James and the Cardinals' offense to get the running game off the ground. He struggled in the first half, gaining only 14 yards on eight carries and did not seem to be playing with his characteristic vision. He was a key factor in setting up Arizona's lone touchdown, carrying the ball four times for 23 yards on the drive. His final stat line showed 64 yards on 18 carries and an additional 33 yards on seven pass receptions. James' owners should note that he continued to get carries in the fourth quarter with his team down by three scores.
2006 Week 3 vs STL (24 / 94 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
James posted very solid statistics on a day that found running room scarce. He had just 17 carries for 61 yards through three quarters, but with his team trailing in the fourth he still saw enough touches to add seven more carries for 33 yards and a score. He showed nice open-field running in the early going, and strength when hitting the hole. Additionally, he generally wore down the Saint Louis defense all game long until he was finally able to finish strong. He was picking up the tough yards late in the contest as Arizona tried getting into field goal range. While James did find the end zone late in the game, he wasn't as fortunate early on, getting stuffed from the two yard line on first down and again from the one yard line on second down. Warner was intercepted in the end zone on the subsequent play. James was credited with three additional rushing yards after being hit for a loss on a play that was negated due to an off-sides penalty on the Rams.
2006 Week 4 vs ATL (20 / 41 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
The frustration is starting to show on James. He continues to get hit in the backfield on lots of his carries. Five of his eight first half carries went for negative yards. His five passing targets in the first half were more a factor of QB Kurt Warner throwing the ball away as opposed to part of the game plan. Only three of his twenty carries went for four yards or more.
2006 Week 5 vs KC (24 / 71 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
James had a good game statistically. He caught all six passes thrown his way. He compiled 115 total yards. He established himself as the safety net for quarterback Matt Leinart. His totals and performance were a little tinged by his inability to break anything out and by averaging less than three yards per carry.
2006 Week 6 vs CHI (36 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
James saw a lot of work as he carried 36 times in the game. He was bottled up for most of the night with 14 carries going for no gain or a loss. Only two carries gained more than six yards. To be fair to James, much of his work came after the Cardinals had a big lead and the Bears were expecting the run. James not only failed to put the game away, he also fumbled with five minutes remaining in the game. Charles Tillman recovered the ball and scored a 40 yard touchdown. James was targeted twice in the passing game, catching one pass for seven yards and a first down.
2006 Week 7 vs OAK (13 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
James had another tough outing, rushing for only 34 yards on 13 carries and one reception for four yards. James seems to be running hard when he's in space and not being hit behind the line of scrimmage, but the Arizona offensive line just isn't getting it done. Not only have his rushing numbers taken a significant dive, but James is not involved in the passing game like he was in Indianapolis. Against Oakland, he was targeted only three times, catching one pass for four yards.
2006 Week 8 vs GB (24 / 84 / 1 rush, 7 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
James ran hard all day long, actually having his best game of the season. He was a frequent target on safety valve passes as well.
2006 Week 10 vs DAL (15 / 68 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
James averaged 4.5 yards per carry, better than his 2.8 average coming into this game, but only carried 15 times. He added two catches for 11 yards.
2006 Week 11 vs DET (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
James averaged over four yards per carry, and nearly broke the century mark for his first time as a Cardinal. A defensive holding penalty which went for ten yards on the Cardinals second drive of the game negated a five yard run, which theoretically may have allowed him to exceed the one hundred yard mark. James' long run on the afternoon was for eighteen yards during the first half when he gained 58 yards on eleven carries. James had one goal line carry in this game from two yards out where he failed to gain a yard.
2006 Week 12 vs MIN (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
James had a 14 yard run on his first run of the game but fumbled the ball away on his second carry. He only had one more carry in the half, not because of the fumble, but because the Cardinals didn't attempt to run the ball against the Vikings number one run defense. In fact, James would only gain one more yard after his initial 14 yard carry in the first quarter. The Cardinals only had 17 yards rushing in the game. James finished with only 25 total yards and was pretty much a non-factor in the game.
2006 Week 13 vs STL (26 / 115 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James exceeded the century mark for the first time all season by averaging 4.4 yards per carry, though he did not break anything for longer than eleven yards all afternoon. While he wasn't utilized inside the five yard line, James took six straight carries late in the game for 31 yards to help take more than three minutes off the clock and put away the game. It should raise the eyebrows of James owners that the Cardinals ran the ball seven times and threw the ball twice inside the five yard line, knowing that James did not have any of those touches or targets.
2006 Week 14 vs SEA (26 / 115 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
James looked more effective than he has in most games this season. He gained positive yardage on 23 of 26 carries, and did not lose yardage on any carry. He was replaced on third and one by Marcel Shipp twice in the first half, but stayed in during key situations for the remainder of the game. James eluded three tacklers to score on a seven yard run on the Cardinals' third possession, but was only able to average three yards per carry in the first half. James improved in the second half and helped bring the team back from a three point deficit. He showed a great burst to break into the secondary for a 17 yard gain to give the Cardinals first and goal. He then carried two yards to the five before Leinart threw a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals looked to control the game on the ground after recapturing the lead, and James was able to make that happen. He had three runs for first downs on the Cardinals' fourth possession of the second half, the last of which saw him breaking tackles for another 17 yard gain. He finished the game with 26 carries for 115 yards; his second consecutive 100 yard game.
2006 Week 15 vs DEN (14 / 63 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
James was somewhat effective rushing gaining 63 yards on only 14 attempts while scoring the only offensive touchdown of the game. He also caught two of the three passes intended for him. Forced into a catch-up role, Arizona did not seem to have the opportunity to utilize him fully.
2006 Week 16 vs SF (29 / 105 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
James carried the load for the Cardinals rushing attack, carrying the ball 29 times for 105 yards. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and had a long run of just 11 yards. James owners also were hurt by Marcel Shipp stealing another potential James score. In the passing game, James was targeted three times, catching one pass for a three yard gain.
2006 Week 17 vs SD (16 / 66 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James did the majority of his damage very early on, when the game was still relatively close. He managed to find the end zone for the sixth time this season, and generally looked pretty good running the ball against a tough San Diego defense. But his touches were few and far between as the Chargers began pulling away, and James never was established as a part of the passing game. Instead, Obafemi Ayanbadejo saw three passing targets out of the backfield, and Marcel Shipp saw two.
2005 Week 1 vs BAL (23 / 88 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
James struggled to find holes against the stout Ravens D for most of the night. James was used sparingly as a receiver out of the backfield, and used more as a pounder than as a finesse back. James had trouble turning the corner on the outside runs due to the speed of the Ravens' linebackers. He also struggled running to the inside, mainly due to the Ravens knowing a run was coming as the Colts tried to drain the clock for most of the fourth quarter. His yardage came in spurts, and was not consistent. James was also the target of a pass in the third quarter that was negated because of a defensive penalty against the Ravens.
2005 Week 2 vs JAX (27 / 128 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
James ran for 128 yards and did most of the work on the scoring drive accounting for 64 total yards on the 88 yard drive. On the scoring drive James even took a direct snap for five yards. He played a terrific game and welcomed the workhorse role that started from the outset of the game. The Colts needed results from James with the passing game struggling and he did not let the team down. He had several nice cutbacks and showed some running power breaking tackles for additional yardage. James was also the leading receiver for the Colts with four receptions for 39 yards. This was the first time in his career that he has rushed for over 100 yards against the Jaguars. James came off the field with the Colts having first and goal but it was not apparent whether he was exhausted or having problems with his helmet which the announcers had suggested.
2005 Week 3 vs CLE (27 / 108 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
James had a solid game marching down the field as the Colts fed him the ball. James took himself out of the game for a breather at least twice leading to Ran Carthon getting some scoring opportunities in the red zone.
2005 Week 4 vs TEN (21 / 90 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)
With the Titans geared to stop the long down field pass, James once again had a great outing. James ran easily against the Titans' defensive front. He wasn't very active in the passing attack with the Colts looking for TEs for the short gains, but he did pick up another 14 yards in the air. James should have had a good deal more fantasy points on the day. First he had three straight carries from the Titans' nine yard line where he not only lost a yard on one of his carries, but failed to punch in the score. Secondly he lost a nine yard run called back on a penalty. James was easily in position, and should have scored a rushing touch down. If nothing else give him back the lost yard at the Titans' one where he should have scored and the lost nine yard run and he hits 100 yards on the day.
2005 Week 5 vs SF (21 / 105 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
With the game solidly in the Colts' favor from the beginning, James rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown. He ran well, shredding the 49ers' defense almost at will. On the early Rhodes' touchdown, James brought the ball all the way down the field with a 33 yard run, but took himself out for a breather, allowing Rhodes to take the score. James also fumbled the ball away at the 49ers' two yard line killing both his chance to score, and the drive. It appeared to be a bad call and many felt he actually did score a TD but the call stood as a fumble.
2005 Week 6 vs STL (23 / 143 / 3 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
James was awesome in this game. He didn't have any huge runs, but he had several medium range ones, and looked unstoppable throughout the game. His ran in three scores, got over 140 yards, and surely made his fantasy owners happy. He did give up some goal line work to Dominic Rhodes which is a little worrisome but that's about the only negative you could find with his performance.
2005 Week 7 vs HOU (21 / 139 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
James had a big game rushing for the Colts, finishing the game with 139 yards on 21 carries, including scoring runs of one and nine yards. He ran hard and showed why he is one of the most productive backs in the league. He was not much of a factor in the passing game, catching only one pass on his only target of the game, but was a huge factor in wearing down the Texans' defense.
2005 Week 9 vs NE (34 / 104 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Workhorse is the perfect word to describe James' performance. He didn't blow up on any huge gains, but he was a consistent force that earned several first downs and aided the Colts' play action passing. He finished the game with 34 rushing attempts and caught all three of his targets. His rushing coupled with Manning's passing allowed Indianapolis to dominate time of possession.
2005 Week 10 vs HOU (26 / 122 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
James ran with power, seemingly turning every touch into a great run. At one point, James was all but stopped behind the line of scrimmage for a loss, but broke out for a 12 yard gain. It was like this all day. It looked easy for James, like he was running against a college team. James ended up with a monster day rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown. James was also effective in the passing attack, picking up another 26 yards on three receptions.
2005 Week 11 vs CIN (24 / 89 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
James came out hot to start the game and kept on moving the chains throughout the game. He carried the ball five times for 37 yards to march the Colts down the field. As almost expected at this point, after moving the ball down the field, James took himself out at the six yard line allowing Rhodes to get the score. James went on to get his opportunities at the goal line, and scored two touchdowns himself. Although the Colts' passing attack was the focal point of the offense in this game, James still had a great day, ran with power, and looked crisp. He did catch every ball thrown to him.
2005 Week 12 vs PIT (29 / 124 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James turned in yet another workhorse performance. He didn't have any huge gains, but he was remarkably consistent in gaining solid chunks of yardage that prevented the Pittsburgh defense from keying on the Colts' passing game. He didn't find the end zone, but rushing for over 100 yards against the vaunted Pittsburgh rush defense was an accomplishment in itself. Surprisingly, he didn't receive a single passing target. He contributed to the passing game though with the respect Pittsburgh gave him on the play action pass. He consistently drew coverage in which allowed Manning to look deep for his receivers.
2005 Week 13 vs TEN (28 / 107 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
James was the offense in the second half of the game. Everything went through James. Of the 26 total offensive plays by the Colts in the second half, 23 of them went to James. He was the only player outside of Manning and Sorgi's kneel down to touch the ball on the Colts last four possessions. In the first half, James took nine of the 20 total plays, and was in the mix as Manning spread the ball around. James took complete control of the game in the second half, and never looked back.
2005 Week 14 vs JAX (30 / 93 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 61 / 0 rec)
James had a solid, complete game. Apart from one 20 yard run, he was unable to break free from Jacksonville's defense, but he kept running hard right at the Jaguars' defenders. He was very effective in the passing game, and was used on a variety of screen plays very effectively.
2005 Week 15 vs SD (13 / 25 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
There was absolutely no room for James the entire game. The Colts had to abandon the run fairly early in order to try and catch up. The quick strike aerial assault worked well, though James did benefit on one of the drives. He scored from a yard out to salvage a decent day for fantasy owners. He was fortunate to just get that one, as Marvin Harrison was tackled at the one yard line on the previous play. The TD by James was the 64th of his career, breaking the team record set by the great Lenny Moore. James still has a tiny shot at the league rushing title so it remains to be seen what his role will be going forward. But with all of the injury scares today, it would not be surprising to see James receive very little work over the next two weeks.
2005 Week 16 vs SEA (13 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Though it was reported that James would not play in this game, he did start and rushed for 19 yards on seven carries on the opening drive. He was held at the goal line on two carries and the Colts were forced to settle for a field goal. James only played through the first half and rushed for 41 yards on his 13 carries.