RB Mike James - Free Agent
|5-10, 223||Born: 12-5-1989||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2013|
2016 Week 9 vs ATL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
James was signed last week after Jacquizz Rodgers' injury news. He logged one carry in the 2nd quarter for a 3 yard gain, and caught all 3 of his targets for 17 yards.
2016 Week 10 vs CHI (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
James saw limited snaps, carrying the ball 2 times for 7 yards. He secured his only target on a halfback screen out of the backfield for a gain of 5.
2016 Week 11 vs KC (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
James carried the ball once for a gain of 9 during the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half. He did not see many offensive snaps behind Doug Martin and Peyton Barber. James was not targeted in the passing game.
2014 Week 10 vs ATL (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tampa used James as a short-yardage and goal line runner, but the runner failed to capitalize with his red zone opportunities. He was the most decisive of the three backs and ran hard, but he's also the least creative and dynamic of the trio.
2013 Week 7 vs ATL (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
James saw increased action Sunday against the Falcons due to Doug Martin's injury. He filled in quite well for Martin, busting off some big gains. The most recognizable feature of James' skill set is his quickness. He is very fast to the hole and explodes through. When there is a lane, he'll find it and get down field in a hurry. However, it's evident that he struggles bouncing the ball either inside or outside when the hole he's supposed to hit is clogged up. On the goal line, he made a nice move to evade a defender that had gotten penetration but he was slammed down just as he reached the end zone. Most backs in the NFL could have punched this type of run in, but James was tackled very easily. He had success on a power run to the right similar to Martin's big gain in the 2nd quarter. This time the center Zuttah pulled right after the line sealed the right end. James exploded through the hole and nearly picked up all 10 yards on first down. He also had a nice 8 yard gain on a draw from the shotgun in which the offensive line absolutely mauled the Falcons front four, pushing them several yards backwards. On the very next play however, a 2nd and 1 from the 4 yard line, James missed another opportunity to bounce the ball outside for an easy touchdown. He tried to slam it through the designed hole and he was stuffed for a 1 yard gain. He lacks the ability to improvise while carrying the football, but he does have the quickness and agility to pick up yards. He will have the opportunity to showcase his talent as he now ascends the depth chart with Martin's injury.
2013 Week 8 vs CAR (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
James showed great vision for a rookie against the Panthers. He broke a 15-yard run with the Bucs backed up deep in their own territory that required two cut back moves to spring him free. Brian Leonard provided a nice kickout block on the outside linebacker while James turned it upfield. He stuck his foot in the ground and cut it back towards the middle of the field twice for a tough 15 yards. Unfortunately for James, he didn't get a chance to establish a rhythm because Glennon threw the ball 50 plus times to his 10 carries. Most of his runs came from a single back set and didn't gain many yards. The Panthers big defensive line did a stellar job of occupying offensive lineman and allowing Kuechly and Mitchell to fill running lanes. James did play a role in the passing game, seeing five targets throughout the game. One of the nicer pass plays of the game came on a check down over the middle to James in which he turned and darted 20 yards down the middle of the field before being dragged down by Keuchly. James has the ability to make defenders miss in space. He's very shifty and quick in the open field. However, he is experiencing the same difficulty that Doug Martin encountered. The offensive line is having issues blowing defenses off the ball and opening up running lanes. Until, they improve their run blocking, James stat line will remain average. He doesn't have the tackle breaking ability to grind out tough yards.
2013 Week 9 vs SEA (28 / 158 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Despite having a spectacular day on the ground, James biggest highlight of the day was a touchdown pass. James connected with Tom Crabtree on a žjump passÓ made famous by Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators. At the goal line, James took a hand-off straight up the gut, but as he approached the line of scrimmage amidst a pile of lineman bodies, he leaped in the air and threw a soft pass to Crabtree for six. As far as the running game, James had big holes on several runs. Of James 28 carries, ten went for more than five yards. The Seahawks bottle James up early, but on his last carry of the first quarter he broke a 21 yard run to the left on a stretch play from a single back set. On the 21 yard run, James did a great job of being patient and finding running room in traffic. He finished the play by bowling over a safety for five extra yards. A few minutes later, Davin Joseph made a great block on Bobby Wagner to create space straight up the gut for an 11 yard first down on James next big run. James later took advantage of the Seahawks only having 10 defenders on the field by running a quick hitter up the middle for 18 yards aided by a nice kick out block by Donald Penn on Bruce Irvin. Overall, James shows great patient to the hole and an amazing burst through it. He is very shifty in the open field, but can also lower his shoulder and pick up extra yards. All of these skills were showcased in a career day against the Seahawks. The Bucs committed to James for pretty much the entire game, which may have had something to do with the lead the held for most of the game.
2013 Week 10 vs MIA (5 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mike James looked like he was off to another career night on the Bucs' first drive. He took a pitch around the left end looking quick and powerful churning out 5 yards. He then took a draw straight up the middle aided by a pancake block from Davin Joseph for 24 yards. Unfortunately, his night was cut extremely short. From the 4 yard line, he took a hand off up the middle and fought forward to the 1 yard line, but that would be James last snap as he went down in excruciating pain. James needed to be carted off the field.