Harbaugh says LaMichael James’ hands and route-running have improved dramatically

SANTA CLARA — Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said at his press conference Friday afternoon about LaMichael James, courtesy of the 49ers.


I understand that RB LaMichael James has been playing the role of RB Darren Sproles in practice this week?

“Sproles, yeah.”


That’s a pretty good comparison, those two?

“Yeah, it really has. LaMichael’s really benefitted a lot from … he’s been a wide receiver a lot of times in practice and running back coming out of the backfield. His hands have improved so much and his route-running ability. I think it was quite a good look for our defense this week with LaMichael.”


How’s he doing catching the punts?

“He’s still coming along, still coming along. But, his hands overall are definitely getting better and he’s been working at it every day, every week. Kickoffs are a little easier than the punts.”

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