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Top Richie James News

  • Giants' Richie James: Hauls in TD in preseason opener

    James caught three of five targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 23-21 preseason win over the Patriots on Thursday.

    Collin Johnson led New York pass catchers with seven receptions and 82 yards, but James corralled the only touchdown, running a nice route to gather a seven-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor in the second quarter. James is competing with a handful of other receivers for a spot on the 53-man roster, so Thursday's solid showing could go a long way toward that goal.

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  • Giants' Richie James: Signs with Giants

    James signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Giants on Friday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

    James missed the entire 2021 campaign due to a knee injury, but he showed flashes as a pass catcher for the 49ers during the 2020 campaign. During a Week 9 loss to the Packers that season, the speedy wideout was thrust into a bigger role due to injuries and registered nine catches for 184 yards and a touchdown. However, James' more likely path to playing time in New York will be as a returner. He's averaged 7.3 yards on 51 punt return over the past three seasons and recorded a 97-yard kickoff return during the 2018 campaign.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Reverts to IR

    James (knee) reverted to the 49ers' injured reserve Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

    James was expected to compete for a slot role in San Francisco's offense to begin the season, but he'll undergo a knee procedure that will force him to miss approximately six weeks. The 2018 seventh-round pick will remain in the organization after he went unclaimed on waivers, and he'll attempt to carve out a role once he returns to full health.

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  • Richie James: Waived/injured by 49ers

    James (knee) was waived/injured by San Francisco on Saturday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    James will undergo a procedure on his knee that will cause him to miss roughly six weeks. The wide receiver will be placed on injured reserve once he clears waivers. In a corresponding move, the 49ers re-signed fellow wideout River Cracraft after waiving him on Tuesday.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Will miss six weeks

    James will have a knee procedure that will sideline him about six weeks, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Given that timetable, James will miss time early on this season, which represents a hit to both the 49ers' depth at wideout as well as the team's return game. Now battling for slotting on the team's WR depth chart behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are Mohamed Sanu, Trent Sherfield, Jalen Hurd, Nsimba Webster, Jauan Jennings and Travis Benjamin.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Will compete for slot job

    James is one of the primary candidates to compete for the 49ers' starting slot receiver role during training camp, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

    James was considered an early favorite for the job after the team lost a couple of proven options at the position this past offseason. That said, veteran Mohamed Sanu has taken an early lead in the competition, according to Barrows, as his experience in previous Shanahan regimes has led to an easy transition with his new club. James also suffered a couple of ugly drops during the team's first organized practice, but he shook off the rust with a strong showing Saturday. Even if the speedy wideout doesn't win the job, he's all but a lock to make the active roster in some capacity.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Gets more run with offense

    James set new career highs in receptions (23) and receiving yards (394) while scoring a touchdown over 11 games with the 49ers this season.

    James has spent the majority of his first three years as a pro on special teams as a punt and kick returner, but injuries allowed the wideout to nearly double his previous high in offensive snaps with 405 in the 2020 campaign. The speedster maintained a healthy 17.1 yards per reception average even with the bump up in playing time. James saw his playing time diminish when Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel were able to suit up, which confirms his status as a backup heading into 2021. However, the 24-year-old's improved play should earn him an opportunity to compete for the starting slot receiver role in training camp.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: No catches in start

    James started and logged 51 offensive snaps (91 percent) Saturday, but he was held catchless (one target) in a 20-12 win over Arizona.

    The 49ers were able to pound the rock with continued success against a Cardinals defense that was without Corey Peters (knee), the team's starting nose tackle and premier run stuffer. As a result, C.J. Beathard was asked to throw the ball only 22 times, and most of those targets went to tight ends and running backs. James did stick in the starting lineup opposite Brandon Aiyuk, which gives him some upside heading into a Week 17 matchup against Seattle, especially if the game script forces San Francisco to air it out.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Cleared for Week 16

    James (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    The 49ers cleared James for the Week 16 matchup after he upgraded from limited participation at practices Tuesday and Wednesday to full activity Thursday. With Deebo Samuel (hamstring) having been shut down for the season, James is expected to hold down a regular role in three-receiver sets alongside Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne for the 49ers' final two games.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Logs limited showing at practice

    James (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

    Aside from lighting up the Packers for nine catches (on 13 targets) for 184 yards and a touchdown Week 9, James has combined for an 11-144-0 line on 16 targets over the last five games. He could be in store for a few more snaps than normal with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) unlikely to play again this season and Trent Taylor (undisclosed) going on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Having said that, Brandon Aiyuk is the clear No. 1 wide receiver for the 49ers, with James, Kendrick Bourne and Jordan Reed otherwise getting scraps.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Limited to start week

    James (ankle) was a limited participant in Tuesday's walkthrough practice.

    James was absent from the 49ers' final drive of this past Sunday's loss to the Cowboys after tweaking his ankle. Although it was just a walkthrough, his presence at Tuesday's practice is an encouraging sign for his Week 16 status. The third-year receiver will aim to upgrade to full participation by the end of the week as he prepares for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. If he's able to play, he'll catch passes from C.J. Beathard because Nick Mullens (elbow) is done for the year.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Makes four catches vs. Cowboys

    James (ankle) caught four of seven targets for 56 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

    James lost an early fumble on a punt return that resulted in a Dallas touchdown, but he bounced back to finish third on the team in receiving yardage as he recorded his best output since exploding onto the scene in his first appearance. He appeared to tweak his ankle later in the game and was not on the field for the final drive. It's certainly possible James' injury is nothing serious, but if he's suffering any ill effects next Saturday, the 5-9 49ers could elect to hold him out of their tilt against the Cardinals as a precaution.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Playing time opens up again

    James caught all three of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 23-15 loss to the Football Team.

    Deebo Samuel (hamstring) went down on San Francisco's first offensive drive, opening the door for James to log 26 snaps on offense (32 percent) in addition to his 15 on special teams. The 5-foot-9 burner wasn't able to break off any big plays, which is necessary for him to be relevant in fantasy circles. Samuel will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injury, but there's a realistic chance his season is over. If he can't go Sunday, James would serve as the 49ers' third receiver against a terrible Dallas defense.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Just seven offensive snaps Monday

    James only logged seven offensive snaps (plus 11 on special teams) and was not targeted in Monday's 34-24 loss to Buffalo.

    Brandon Aiyuk (reserve\COVID-19) returned from a one-week absence and pushed James from No. 2 down to No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart with Kendrick Bourne sticking in the slot. Injuries allowed James to start the 49ers' three previous contest, and the 25-year-old turned one of those into a monster performance (nine catches for 184 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay in Week 9). With San Francisco's receiving corps back at full strength, James can safely be left on waivers heading into a Week 14 matchup with the Washington Football Team.

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  • 49ers' Richie James: Limited production in start

    James logged 88 percent of offensive snaps as a starter Sunday, catching his lone target for 29 yards in a 23-20 win over the Rams.

    James was able to stick in the starting lineup even with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) being activated off of IR due to Brandon Aiyuk's (reserve/COVID-19) sudden absence. Even with a large share of the snap distribution, the speedy wideout was only targeted once. It is becoming clear that James' Week 9 explosion against the Packers (nine receptions, 184 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets) was an anomaly. The 25-year-old certainly has the athleticism to generate big plays, but he isn't getting enough looks to generate much fantasy value. James could find himself moving back down the depth chart if Aiyuk is able to return to the starting lineup for next Monday's tilt against the Bills now that Samuel has reclaimed his role as San Francisco's top receiving option.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Sarasota, FL
Age: 26
School: Middle Tenn.
Experience: 5