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LaMicheal James Questions His Role in 49ers Offense on Twitter

In just three tweets today, San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James may have punched his ticket off the Niners roster. On Thursday, James tweeted “thanks but don’t count on it lol” in response to a fan tweeting he “deserves a bigger role in the offense next year!!!”

James has a history of complaining on Twitter about his role in the 49ers offense. Back in October, the Niners running back tweeted, “I don’t work at State Farm I’m not trying to be insurance.” That tweet was deleted, but it was clear he was talking about his role at the time in the offense. For the first three games of the season, James was inactive because of a sprained knee ligament. He was only active for ten games in the regular season and all three of the playoff games. However, his expanded role was not with the offense, but on special teams as a returner. And it came in the second-half of the season. He finished with 23 punt returns for 251 punt return yards and 12 kickoff returns for 321 kickoff return yards. While only accumulating 59 rushing yards on 12 carries and two receptions for 16 yards as a running back. A couple of hours after James’ first tweet on Thursday, he followed up with:


Twenty minutes later, James wanted to be clear what he was talking about and that it was him who sent out the tweets:


One of the reasons James saw limited action with the offense this past season was because of amount of running backs on the depth chart ahead of him, Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. But James is smart and he sees the writing on the wall. With Gore, Hunter and the highly touted Marcus Lattimore joining the mix in 2014, James’ options will be limited unless someone gets hurt. Plus, the Niners will almost certainly add another RB either through free agency or the draft.

All of this reminds me of Brandon Jacobs who complained about his non-playing time in the 2012 season he spent in San Francisco. Jacobs was not active for most of the season, and after he complained the 49ers cut him loose. So James should be cautious about complaining in the future because the 49ers could waive him. Although, maybe that’s James’ plan, to be released and picked up by another team where he can a have a bigger offensive role.

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