Wednesday, December 5, 2012

49ers may finally be ready to tap into draft class

The 49ers haven’t had to rely or — or even dress — their rookie class much this year.

But with injuries and a shift in scheme with new quarterback Colin Kaepernick, there’s a chance second-round running back LaMichael James finally plays.

He hasn’t been active for a game yet, but coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke both said there was a chance of that changing soon.

“I’d say, it’s safe to say that LaMichael is going to start getting his opportunities,” Baalke said, via Mindi Bach of “And [I'm] confident that he’ll make the most of them when given the opportunity.”

The key will be whether they install more read-option plays with Kaepernick, something James should be familiar with from his days at Oregon.

Asked if that could happen, Harbaugh said “Yeah, there’s a possibility of that.”

Though it wasn’t used against the Rams, Harbaugh added: “But that doesn’t mean it won’t be, going forward.”

For his part, James has handled the situation well. Buried on the depth chart behind Frank Gore, the now-injured Kendall Hunter and even veteran Brandon Jacobs, chances were going to be few. He admits he gets tired of the questions, which may soon end.

“Yeah, it has. It’s really frustrating too,” he said. “I really don’t have time to be answering those questions or hearing about that any more. Obviously I’m here for a reason. I can play. I always feel like that. Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I’m going to do.

“I’m young, I’m still learning. Whatever it takes, wherever it takes me that’s what I’m going to do to get on the field.”

It sounds like he’s about to.

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