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Report: LaMichael James joins 49ers workouts

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In April, there were reports that the 49ers were trying to trade running back LaMichael James and it was a notion that seemed to sit well with James when he opted to pass up a $50,000 workout bonus by failing to attend the start of the offseason program.

James was not dealt during the draft, which may have been enough to convince him to report to work along with his teammates. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that James was at the team’s workouts this week.

The 49ers stressed that the workouts were voluntary when asked about James’ absence and said that they weren’t concerned that he was home in Texas, where his youngest child was recently born. Their backfield depth chart makes it easy for them to shrug off any absence.

The 49ers drafted Carlos Hyde this month to go with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Marcus Lattimore and James, making for a crowded group that will have to be thinned out before the season starts. James has seen most of his action as a returner to this point and may need to show he’s capable of more than that in order to continue attending 49ers practices into the regular season.

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12 Responses to “Report: LaMichael James joins 49ers workouts”
  1. kylehealy says: May 23, 2014 12:46 PM

    If he’s not traded for a 6th or 7th rd pick in 2015 he’ll be cut. Gore, Hunter, Lattimore, Hyde, and James. Lotta talent and potential but the backfield is too crowded.

  2. explosionsauce says: May 23, 2014 12:52 PM

    Too much talent back there. Shame James couldn’t find the field but Gore has held up considerably. Personally I’d rather they keep James. Gore and Hunter are on the final year of their deals.

  3. kamthechancellor says: May 23, 2014 1:11 PM

    He’s gonna miss that $50,000 when he gets waived.

  4. robert831 says: May 23, 2014 1:44 PM

    What a great problem to have.. I hope my Vikings trade for anyone of these backs to backup AP.

  5. norcalsportsknowledge says: May 23, 2014 1:46 PM

    He just needs a OC who can use him right. Kids to talented to let go for nothing and who would return punts. Don’t tell me Ellington a rookie who only did it a handful of times in college. Cox and Osgood the other 2 w/experience shouldn’t make the team. They’ll keep a crowded backfield and keep only 5 wr, unless Lloyd looks good then they might keep 6.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: May 23, 2014 1:49 PM

    49ers offensive depth is sick. They could send out a backup squad that could put up 40 points a game.

  7. mrheavyhustle says: May 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    I like the fact of a deep offense this year. Hopefully our offense is better than last year and Colin Kapernick can play everybody including the Seahawks the way he play against the Packers. Wouldn’t that be beautiful.

  8. schmitty2 says: May 23, 2014 3:00 PM

    @thegreatgabbert-the rb depth is sick. The qb depth makes me sick.

  9. snoqualmkanem says: May 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    Considering the 49ers only broke 40 points once last season, maybe they should start the backups then….

  10. evansvc says: May 23, 2014 5:50 PM

    GM/Coach, What would it hurt???? Take a look at Vince Young…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

  11. higheriqthanyou says: May 24, 2014 10:10 AM

    Vince Young > Kap

  12. pop562 says: May 24, 2014 5:43 PM

    Kaep > Vince Who?

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