Jesse James

#83 TE / Detroit Lions / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-7 Weight: 261 lb Age: 25 College: Penn State Bye 5

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Player Outlook

Jesse James signed a nice deal with the Lions, but that was before they drafted T.J. Hockenson with a first-round pick. Now James figures to find himself in a familiar role: backup. Until that changes, there's no reason to believe he'll be a sleeper.

Player News
  • Lions' Jesse James: May be relegated to backup role
    By RotoWire Staff

    Lions general manager Bob Quinn expects James to work in tandem with No. 8 overall pick T.J. Hockenson at tight end, Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press reports. The NFL transition is notoriously difficult for tight ends, but Hockenson is one of the few prospects with potential to fill a three-down role immediately. Detroit certainly hopes the rookie can beat out James, who in March signed a four-year, $22.6 million contract with $10.5 million guaranteed (all in the first two seasons), per overthecap.com. Even if he does win the starting job, it's hard to see how James would warrant more than three or four targets per game in an offense that also needs to find looks for Hockenson, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones (knee), Danny Amendola, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick.

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  • Lions' Jesse James: Excited about future
    By RotoWire Staff

    James said he doesn't think he'll be used in Detroit the same way he was used in Pittsburgh, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports. "I feel like I'm going to be a key part of this offense," the tight end told Kyle Meinke of MLive. In between a forgettable rookie campaign and last year's role reduction, James logged over 850 offensive snaps for Pittsburgh in both 2015 and 2016. Even at this peak of his tenure, James was little more than a complementary piece in an offense that ran through wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell. That shouldn't be the case anymore in Detroit, as James will slot in as the clear No. 1 tight end in an offense that doesn't have a bonafide superstar. However, before getting excited about James' sleeper appeal in fantasy formats, it should be noted the Lions targeted tight ends the second-fewest times in the NFL last season, and this year's draft class is absolutely loaded at tight end.

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  • Steelers' Jesse James: Headed to Detroit
    By RotoWire Staff

    The Lions are slated to sign James, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The 2015 fifth-rounder caught 30 passes for 423 yards and two TDs for the Steelers in 2018. James will now slot in as the Lions' top pass-catching tight end, an assignment that should lead to a degree of fantasy relevance for the 6-foot-7, 261-pounder this coming season.

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  • Steelers' Jesse James: Could re-sign in Pittsburgh
    By RotoWire Staff

    Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert suggested James may be re-signed this offseason, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports. James may want to survey the league after he played second fiddle to Vance McDonald in 2018, but it's hard to imagine many teams would view the 24-year-old as much more than a high-end No. 2 tight end. The 2015 fifth-round pick did add an element of occasional explosiveness to his game last season, piling up a career-best 423 yards despite seeing his fewest targets (39) since his rookie season. James produced 14.1 yards per catch to improve his career mark to a measly 9.9, but he didn't actually have much of an impact in the passing game after his 5-138-1 receiving line against Kansas City in Week 2. Given the poor alternatives at his position in the upcoming class of free agents, James could cash in with a surprisingly large contract if he finds one or two teams that view him as a starter. McDonald is under contract in Pittsburgh through 2021.

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  • James was not targeted in Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. For the second straight game, Ben Roethlisberger failed to throw a pass to James, whose playing time dwindled as the season progressed. He finishes 2018 with 30 catches (on 39 targets) for 423 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games and is a clear second choice at tight end behind Vance McDonald. James is an unrestricted free agent worth keeping an eye on this offseason.

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Completed Games

WK OPP TAR RECPT REYD REAVG RETD FPTS
1 @CLE 5 3 60 20.00 0 6
2 KC 5 5 138 27.60 1 19
3 @TB 1 1 7 7.00 0 0
4 BAL 1 1 23 23.00 0 2
5 ATL 2 2 20 10.00 0 2
6 @CIN 7 5 26 5.20 0 2
7 BYE - - - - - -
8 CLE 3 2 9 4.50 0 0
9 @BAL 3 2 53 26.50 0 5
10 CAR 1 1 8 8.00 1 6
11 @JAC 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @DEN 4 4 35 8.75 0 3
13 LAC 3 1 7 7.00 0 0
14 @OAK 2 2 28 14.00 0 2
15 NE 1 1 9 9.00 0 0
16 @NO 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 CIN 1 0 0 0 0 0
PROJECTION 33 25 268 10.72 1 32

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
1 09/08 @Arizona Cardinals 1 4.13
2 09/15 Los Angeles Chargers 10 5.67
3 09/22 @Philadelphia Eagles 3 4.67
4 09/29 Kansas City Chiefs 31 9.56
5 BYE - - -
6 10/15 @Green Bay Packers 8 5.50
7 10/20 Minnesota Vikings 7 5.25
8 10/27 New York Giants 19 7.38
9 11/03 @Oakland Raiders 29 9.25
10 11/10 @Chicago Bears 13 6.00
11 11/17 Dallas Cowboys 20 7.44
12 11/24 @Washington Redskins 9 5.50
13 11/28 Chicago Bears 13 6.00
14 12/08 @Minnesota Vikings 7 5.25
15 12/15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22 7.88
16 12/22 @Denver Broncos 24 8.13
17 12/29 Green Bay Packers 8 5.50

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Career Stats

Season Tar Recpt ReYd ReTD ReFD ReAvg FPTS
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 39 30 423 2 17 14.10 54
2017 63 43 372 3 20 8.65 55
2016 59 39 338 3 20 8.67 51
2015 11 8 56 1 2 7.00 13
3 Year Avg 54 37 378 3 19 10.22 55
Career 172 120 1189 9 59 9.91

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