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San Francisco 49ers Plan to Include Lamichael James More in the Offense


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It has been a rough three weeks for the second year running back, Lamichael James, as he has been a healthy scratch to suit up for San Francisco 49er games. But heading into the bye week, Coach Jim Harbaugh is working on ways to utilize his talent more on the offensive and possibly special teams side of the ball.

This may hold true as many Niner Faithful are still scarred from his fumble a year ago in the Super Bowl that it is over shadowing his attributes that can be used on the field.

There are many areas he can fit on this West Coast Offense. Lamichael can be used in the Kick/Punt return game and share time with Kyle Williams as he hasn’t showed much production this year. Lamichael can shine in the open field with his elusive moves that he possesses.

Coach Harbaugh is creative when it comes to play calling, so don’t be surprised if you see #23 in the slot position at times to try and get the quick first step on opposing defenses. With a set of receivers lacking big play ability, James is one that can change that as big plays is what he was known for at his alma mater, the University of Oregon.

It will be tough to see snaps at Running Back with the Pro Bowler, Frank Gore, doing so well and his back up, Kendall Hunter, playing outstanding football as of late. I don’t see why he can’t get some looks in a triple option package to show off his speed and get around the edge of the D.

It’s a fact that James has been unhappy with the team for the past several weeks. But there was a reason that he wasn’t dealt before the trade deadline and it’s because the 49ers still see something in him. Hopefully this is the chance for Lamichael to get his opportunity to show the Niner Nation what he’s all about.

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