Richie James

Richie James

Wide Receiver #82
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 183 lb.
College:None
Age:25
Born:September 5, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 7 (240)
Draft Team:SF

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.

Analysis: 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 earn the starting slot receiver role in training camp.

January 23, 2021 12:23 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 only asked to throw the ball 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.

December 27, 2020 5:36 PM EST

Richie James: Cleared for Week 16

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

Analysis: 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.

December 24, 2020 2:19 PM EST

Richie James: Logs limited showing Wednesday

James (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Aside from lighting up the Packers for nine catches (on 13 targets) for 184 yards and one TD in Week 9, James has combined for an 11-144-0 line on 16 targets over the last five games. He could be in line 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 in the 49ers offense, with James, Kendrick Bourne and Jordan Reed otherwise getting scraps.

December 23, 2020 3:13 PM EST

Richie James: Limited to start week

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

Analysis: 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.

December 22, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Richie James: Makes four catches vs. Cowboys

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

Analysis: 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.

December 20, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Richie James: Playing time opens up again

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

Analysis: 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 is 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.

December 14, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Richie James: Just seven offensive snaps Monday

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

Analysis: Brandon Aiyuk (reserve\COVID-19) returned from a one-week absence and pushed James from second down to fourth on the wide receiver depth chart with Kendrick Bourne sticking in the slot. Injuries allowed the 25-year-old to start the 49ers' three previous contest, and he 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.

December 8, 2020 3:31 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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) ailment. 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 for next Monday's primetime battle with the Bills.

November 30, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Richie James: Fails to deliver in start

James logged 69 offensive snaps (97 percent) and finished with three receptions (five targets) for 26 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: James got the rare start despite both Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne returning from one-game layoffs. The 25-year-old was coming off of a career game (13 receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown) against the Packers, but he was unable to replicate that success despite rocketing up the depth chart. With a bye week on deck, the 49ers' receiving corps may receive the much-needed return of Deebo Samuel (hamstring) when the team returns to action. In that event, James could fall back into a special teams/situational role, but he could also stick in the rotation as a slot man after jumping in front of Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor on the depth chart. The 2018 seventh-round pick does offer big-play potential that the two aforementioned wideouts do not, so there could be some deep-league and DFS intrigue if that scenario holds true.

November 16, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Richie James: Career-best night in loss

James secured nine of 13 targets for 184 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-17 loss to the Packers on Thursday night.

Analysis: On a night when the 49ers were down Deebo Samuel (hamstring/COVID-19), Brandon Aiyuk (reserve/COVID-19), Kendrick Bourne (reserve/COVID-19) and George Kittle (foot), James exploded for an explosive fantasy night that was highlighted by a 41-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. James only had 15 catches and 295 yards over his first tow seasons coming into Thursday's contest, so he nearly matched those numbers with his busy night. James clearly paid off handsomely for those who may have picked him up as a streaming option or rolled the dice on him in DFS formats Thursday, but with the 49ers not back on the field until Sunday, November 15, James may be down to at least third on the depth chart if Aiyuk and Bourne are healthy enough to return by that point.

November 5, 2020 9:40 PM EST

Richie James: Officially questionable

James (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: James could be in line for increased offensive opportunities if he's able to play Thursday, with Kendrick Bourne (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Dante Pettis no longer on the team. If he can't go, on the other hand, the 49ers will be down to only Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Taylor as healthy options at wide receiver.

November 4, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Richie James: Limited in practice Tuesday

James (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury reports.

Analysis: James was listed as a non-participant on the 49ers' estimated practice report yesterday, so his limited involvement on Tuesday night is a step in the right direction. If he isn't cleared in time for Thursday's contest, the 49ers will be down to three wideouts, with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) already ruled out.

November 3, 2020 7:26 PM EST

Richie James: DNP on estimated practice report

James (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on the 49ers' estimated practice report Monday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A version of San Francisco's team practice report was printed without James' name present earlier in the day, but a subsequent update from Wagoner confirms that James is still dealing with an ankle issue. The 25-year-old was unable to go Sunday for a road trip to Seattle after fielding 23 offensive snaps and 21 special-teams snaps the preceding two weeks against the Rams and Patriots. His status will be one to monitor as San Francisco prepares to face Green Bay on Thursday Night Football.

November 2, 2020 4:44 PM EST

Richie James: Clear of injury report

James (ankle) isn't listed on Monday's injury report.

Analysis: The 25-year-old didn't practice last week and sat out Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, so it's somewhat of a surprising to see him completely absent from Monday's injury report. Regardless, it appears James is recovered from the ankle issue and should return to his depth role Thursday versus the Packers.

November 2, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Richie James: Officially out Sunday

James (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: James didn't practice all week and is in danger of missing the upcoming Thursday night game against the Packers as well. Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor are expected to handle starting duties Sunday while Dante Pettis and practice squad wideout River Cracraft rotate in.

October 31, 2020 3:16 PM EST

Richie James: Not expected to play Sunday

James (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: James sat out practice this week and is expected to miss his fifth game of the season. Through the three games the third-year wide receiver has played, he hasn't been targeted, contributing most of his efforts as a kick and punt returner. James could've had an expanded role if he suited up because Deebo Samuel (hamstring) has been ruled out, but now Dante Pettis could handle some offensive reps behind presumptive starters Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor.

October 30, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Richie James: Held out Thursday

James (ankle) did not participate during Thursday's practice session, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: James missed Weeks 2 through 5 while residing on injured reserve with a hamstring issue, and coach Kyle Shanahan relayed during postgame Sunday that the 25-year-old subsequently suffered an ankle injury during a blowout win over New England. James has collected 60 yards on three kick-return attempts and 20 yards on a pair of punt returns over the past two weeks, but at this point it's unclear when he will be able to return to action.

October 29, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Richie James: Not practicing Wednesday

James (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old picked up the injury during Sunday's win over the Patriots. James has mostly contributed in the return game since returning from injured reserve for Week 6.

October 28, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Richie James: Injures ankle in blowout win

Coach Kyle Shanahan said in the post-game press conference that James suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's 33-6 win over New England, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Analysis: It's not clear exactly when James suffered the injury, but his only contributions on the stat sheet were two kick returns for 39 yards. The depth receiver and return man will hope to heal up in time for his team's Week 8 trip to Seattle.

October 25, 2020 4:28 PM EST

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