The former Oregon star is challenging for the backup running back behind Lamar Miller. James, selected in the second round in 2012, has looked very good in training camp, according to the story. The odds are likely against him as Williams projects to be the RB2 and Jay Ajayi is at least a good change of pace back to give the team a power running option.
Jun 29, 2015 · 2:33 PM EDT
ESPN's James Walker says Dolphins RB LaMichael James is on the roster bubble.
Walker: James is an interesting project for Miami. He was a hot name coming out of Oregon in 2012 and the 49ers took him with the No. 61 overall pick. But the smaller James never fit San Francisco's power running game and he was released in his third season. The Dolphins picked him up, but James played in only two games last season and rushed for 9 yards on three carries. This is a huge year for James to prove himself. He's had a full offseason with the Dolphins to learn the offense, and the backup tailback position is wide open behind starter and 1,000-yard rusher Lamar Miller.
Walker went on to say that James is a better fit for Miami’s spread scheme under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and the running back has made some nice plays this spring. But James will compete for reps with a crowded group of running backs that includes Miller, rookie Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Mike Gillislee. Miami may keep only three tailbacks on its active roster and it could come down to Williams or James for the final spot.