Normally if you were going to post a highlight video of a player that had been in the NFL for three previous seasons you would use their previous NFL highlights. James for whatever reason never seemed to really catch on with his first team the San Francisco 49ers and had few rushes under his belt in year one and two. He found himself third on the depth chart behind Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde going in to his 3rd NFL season. Having not moved up the depth chart following two full seasons James requested his release from the the 49ers early last season and was granted it. After passing through waivers he was signed to the Dolphins practice squad late in September of 2014. He was later elevated to the active roster in November, appearing in 2 games and gaining 3 touches for 9 yards.
The Dolphins re-signed James going in to this season. This gave James an entire off season to work with the team and learn the teams offense. During his time with the 49ers James was used primarily as a returner where he had some success. In two seasons with the Niners he returned the ball 26 times for a respectable 28.4 yard average with a long of 62 yards. The Dolphins do not seem to view James as a starter but more of a versatile all around back that can do multiple things or be brought in as a change of pace back. While at Oregon James won multiple awards including the Doak Walker Award that is annually awarded to the nations top running back. That same season, 2010 also saw him lead the nation in total rushing yards with 1,731 yard.
Now us Dolphins fans can only sit back and wait to see if James can once again capture some of that magic that once made him such a dynamic player in college.
Will LaMichael James make the 2015 Miami Dolphins roster?
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No way. Too much depth at running back.
Yes, but only as a kick returner, special teams guy.
Yes, but only as a change of pace back at the back of the depth chart.
Yes and he will be an important part of the offense.
Yes and he will take over the starting spot by the end of the season.