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April 27, 2013 @ 4:07 pm
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Tampa Bay Adds RB James In Sixth Round

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The Buccaneers traded LeGarrette Blount late on Saturday for a seventh round selection then promptly packaged the pick with another to move up to select Miami running back Mike James.
Within a few minutes of trading running back LeGarrette Blount, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Polk County native and Miami Hurricanes running back Mike James to compete for the vacated roster spot.

James grew up a Bucs fan and was pleased when the call came.

“It is something I cannot explain,” James said. ‘It is probably one of the best days of my life. I am happy to be a Buc. It is a blessing. “I grew up in Polk County about 40 minutes away from the stadium. I definitely grew up watching the Bucs. I went to a few Bucs games growing up. Happy to be back home.”

James from Haines City, Fla played 50 games for the Hurricanes including, 13 games his freshmen year, with the majority of it at fullback.

As a senior James (5-11, 222 pounds), started all 12 games at running back while also seeing time on special teams and fullback. In 2012 James ran for a career-best 621 yards and six touchdowns, while adding 344 yards and three TDs as a receiver.

James best game during his tenure in Miami came as a senior against the Duke Blue Devils in which James had 164 all-purpose yards, rushing for 67 yards while also nabbing 97 yards receiving and one TD.

During a conference call shortly after the Buccaneers selected him, James was asked about his skill set and what he brings to the table.

“I am an excellent ball catcher out of the backfield,” James said. “I pass protect very well. I am a one cut and go kind of runner. I am a versatile player. I line up anywhere and become a mismatch for as many teams as possible. That is something that I have to say suits me best.”

James appears to fall in the Dominik-Schiano “captain” mold, as he was won the Hurricanes 2012 Captains Award in addition to winning the team’s Leadership and Most Valuable Player Award. The former Ridge Community High School star earned his degree in December 2012.

“I learned a lot about myself through my college career,” James said. “Just from my patience and being able to wait my turn and being able to understand that this game is about taking the right chances and making the right moves and making the right plays. That is something that I learned from college. It definitely prepared me for the next transition to life and I am going to equip that to everything I do from now forward.”

–Victoria Horchak contributed to this story




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  • avatar

    i agree with buccmann55 and kinderrt; This RB looks like another Dougy Martini and this is very good value for the 6th round. All picks before should be re-done..
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    I was very excited before the draft and very deflated by the picks afterward. When they picked Glennon, with good DT's still available on the board I yelled at the TV screen...IDIOTS!
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    Amen kindert! Good luck mr. James I sincerely hope you shock us all in preseason
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    After a day to calm down I still feel that I woke up XMAS morning with broken toys under the tree.
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    I thinl he will play in FB mold-GO Bucs
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    Finally! James looks like a great pick - hard runner, catches the ball well out of the backfield, compact strong build. I really think he makes the team, maybe as Doug's backup. Besides Banks this is the only pick I've liked. I can't talk myself into liking Glennon for our third pick. PFW did have him rated as a 1st rounder in their draft mag, so maybe he's better than I think. Strong arm, but very inconsistent. Maybe he'll grow into a player, but not for a 3rd round pick, we have too many other needs.
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    I have no idea how Glennon will work out for this team. What I do know is that Freeman may flop, get injured, or tell the Bucs to pack sand after this season. So.....who here feels like we already have a suitable replacement on the roster, or can guarantee the Bucs can acquire said replacement at a moments notice? They needed to be proactive now - not start looking once standing there naked. Where some of these guys were picked seems a bit misplaced. But overall, assuming Revis is not damaged goods and the 3 returning linemen are fully recovered, this team looks much improved to me. Especially on Defense.
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    Let's be realistic. What could the Bucs have done to fill your glass? Besides, calling these drafted players a reach is based on what ESPN?
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    Kracker25; do you know how I feel about this half empty crap! I find from most half empty types to be motivated to get full. I find half full types to be satisfied with being partly full. I'm never satisfied until the glass is filled to the top and spilling over. The draft is not what it was last year. We reached many times in this draft; hopefully it will play out for your half full feeling and my demand for the glass to be over flowing. Right now I want more than this glass has in it.
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    Just a thought for those who feel like defending this draft -- remember how good last year felt? Now put your pewter glasses down and objectively look at this mess. Honestly, I love this team just as much as anyone, but I am disgusted with this draft. We got played like fools with GB trading up right in front of us to get Franklin and the pats returned the favor and stole LGB from us. Come on! Objectively this draft sucked and I suspect Dom was so tired from free agency he left the draft up to hickey and schiano. There's just too much dispArity btw this draft and last yrs masterpiece
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    DOMINICK NEEDS TO LISTEN TO HIS INSTINCTS AND KEEP EVERYONE ELSE OUT OF THE PICK DECISIONS THIS DRAFT IS TERRIBLE DRAFTING ON POTENTIAL IS MISTAKE STAY WITH PLAYERS THAT HAVE HIGH PRODUCTION THIS DRAFT LOOKS LIKE MOSTLY BACKUPS.
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    I believe the Bucs left their fans a little confused, yes Banks was a great addition along with Gholston and Spence. Not sure what Dominick and Schiano see in Glennon, but the past few years they have made an effort in getting good quality players. I also believe the rest of the draft went really well. The only way we will know is when the season starts. Go BUCS!!!!
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    WE HAVE THREE LESS THAN AVERAGE SLOT RECEIVERS AND NO TIGHT ENDS WORTH A DAM OUR STRONGSIDE LINEBACKERS ARE AVERAGE AT BESTOUR PASS RUSH IS ALMOST THE WORST IN THE LEAGUE WE NEED A RUN BLOCKING RIGHT TACKLESO WE RUN TO THE LEFT MOST OF THE TIME AND WHAT DO WE DO DRAFT A BUNCH OF CARRIER BACKUPS AND UNDER ACHIEVERS PARDON MY SPELLING BUT I CANT SEE STRAIT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT TOOK ALOT OF BEER TO KILL THE PAIN OF WATCHING THIS FIASCO.
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    76bucsfan46...how is Steve Smith less than average?
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    THIS DRAFT STINKS OF POTENTIAL BUSTS AND BACKUPS WHEN WE STILL NEEDED TO GET STARTERS CANT BELIEVE I WATCHED THE WHOLE THING NEVER AGAIN
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    Just like last years draft??
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    Since your not a fan unless you love every pick then man this draft was awesome how did we get such great value on these guys truly amazing way to go Dominick Bravo!
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    I agree. The moves to get the rights to Demps along with moving up and getting the guyus they wanted, good stuff!
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    "I pass protect very well" James said. Well I think that says it all about why he is a Buc and Blount isn't. I am hopeful that we find a gem at DT when round 2 of free agency kicks in.
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    It's amazing how many fans are "glass half empty"!! Absolutely amazing!! If you are seriously judging this draft on a 3rd round pick, you probably shouldn't post your opinion! This team wasn't "a player away" before the draft or after!! This draft was a "depth" and "potential" draft! They spoiled us last year with our first 3 picks as starters! Probably not this year which isn't the end of the world! I'm happy with this draft cause I trust the staff and their assessment of these guys and like the direction of this team!! I think James may be a steal!
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    Kracker25; do you know how I feel about this half empty crap! I find from most half empty types to be motivated to get full. I find half full types to be satisfied with being partly full. I'm never satisfied until the glass is filled to the top and spilling over. The draft is not what it was last year. We reached many times in this draft; hopefully it will play out for your half full feeling and my demand fore the glass to be over flowing. Right now I want more than this glass has in it.
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    Horse: Since your analogy is so darn cute let me add that by spilling over from the glass is WASTE. So horse likes to WASTE things huh.
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    Good call, Kracker. We are a much stronger team right now than this point last year. Whether you agree or understand our picks or not, try trusting our coaches and scouts. Just maybe, they know more than us.
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    I assume you mean 3rd round down? I disagree with your Buc Draft assessment. In fact, I believe DT Spence and DE Gholston will make team and be important contributors to the Buc's 2013 Season! Go Bucs.
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    DT Spence will open holes for McCoy to get to the QB. His first step and size will stop RB's and occupy OL to allow for more TFL. Look at the Ravens defense in the past and see that they always had a guy like Spence.
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    Welcome to the Bucs James. It's nice to have a 3rd down back in the mix. He can come in and compete with B. Leonard.
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    Pinkstob. I read your posts all the time. You have some real interesting comments. But come on man!!!!! You seriously agree with EVERYTHING the Bucs do. Do you work for them or something??!!! How is it that every pick they made today you are ok with??!!! Why do we need a guy to come in and COMPETE with a guy we just signed as a free agent ( Leonard ). Why did we need to get GLENNON!! in the 3rd round to COMPETE for a BACKUP role??!!!! He would have been there in the 7th or even as a free agent. It's OK to disagree with management.. That is what being a fan is about. You CARE so much for a team that it HURTS when they make some of the decisions they make. I know we do not know better than them, (that is why we are fans and they are who they are) but jeez, you are allowed to disagree with it. You can't SERIOUSLY AGREE with GLENNON in the 3rd or EVEN at ALL!!!!!! FREEMAN is the QB for this team now and into the future. It does not matter who the BACKUP is because if we have to use him for any length of time we are in TROUBLE!!!! So A wasted pick in the 3rd is a wasted pick in the 3rd!!!! GLENNON??!!! REALLLY??!!!!
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    tbfaninnj - I don't care if we disagree about picking up a QB in this draft, but PLEASE tell me you don't seriously buy into the "COMPETE for a BACKUP role??!!!!". This is merely an attempt to protect Freeman's shaky confidence and quell some of the media attention following a forward thinking move. I do think Glennon would have been there in the 4th or 5th. That's what I found confusing.
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    tbfaninnj - I think you nailed it - I spent time evalluating players, I read PR's draft board and studied mock drafts. Then we took players way before they would come off the board and players that may never see the field. CONFUSED YA I'LL BUY THAT.
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    CONFUSED!!!!!! I am just confused with the draft.. I would like to feel excited about it, but just come away confused.. Revis in the first round- Awesome. Banks in 2nd- like it a lot.. Glennon??? Glennon??? Glennon?? in the 3rd????. Do we really need a guy to come in and compete for the backup (THE BACKUP) QB in the 3rd????!!!!! And all the other guys, which if I am correct were nowhere near PR's draft board.. Blount gone for a guy who wants to run track and not play football??? There was not another team in the league who wanted Blount and could have given us a pick or player for him??!! I like Schiano a lot (went to a ton of Rutgers games), but I just do not get how any of these guys from 3rd round up are going to help my team win a Championship... Glennon??!!!! in the 3rd??!!!!
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    Yes, I do believe that we needed to draft a QB in the 3rd round to back up Freeman. San Francisco would not have made it to the Super bowl last year had Alex Smith got injured and they didn’t draft Kaepernick to back him up. Freeman is not invincible and depth is a huge problem for this franchise. Sometimes taking best player available is the best move. Most fans of any team are going to say that they don’t see how their third round and up players will help their team win championships. Also, Dominick is the team manager, not Schiano. Schiano just coaches the players not draft them. He hopefully has influence though.
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    Not competing for the backup, for the starter position! You never want anyone on the team that competes for the backup!
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