Meanwhile, James is aware of the trade rumors, apparently for a while now, since he tweeted Wednesday "when old news becomes new news" following the report.
James, a second-round pick in 2012, finds himself behind Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season. James served as the team's primary returner last year, but he wants a bigger role since he carried the ball just 12 times in 2013.
With Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore expected to be part of the
James returned 23 punts for 251 yards and 12 kickoffs for 321 yards.
James got hit on his neck and lost his helmet on a muffed punt in the first half. He missed a portion of the second quarter before returning to field a kick with 5:47 left in the first half. He had one carry for no gain in the team's final series of the season, which led to a Seattle interception. It was his only offensive contribution in a 23-17 loss.
"A very admirable job," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "A blue-collar effort on his part. Catching the balls in the elements and the wind and the factors that were there. I thought he did a great job and was able to set up a 37-yard kickoff return to help us answer the scoring drive of the Packers. He was rock solid.”
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||27||125||4.6||26||0||1||8|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||10||0||12||59||4.9||21||0||1||2|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||3||29||9.7||15||0||0||0||3|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||10||0||2||16||8.0||12||0||0||0||1|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||4||14||417||29.8||62||0||1|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||10||12||321||26.8||41||0||1|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||10||23||12||251||10.9||40||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||10||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||0|