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5 things to know about WR/Return Specialist Richie James


The New York Giants signed wide receiver and return specialist Richie James. Here are five things to know about the former 49er:

1. Originally a seventh-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2018, James played in 40 games with 10 starts over three seasons with the 49ers. He has also played in three postseason games, including Super Bowl LIV. James missed all of last season with a knee injury.

2. His career numbers include 38 receptions for 689 yards and three touchdowns. James has also returned 51 punts (27 fair catches) for 373 yards (7.3-yard average) and 47 kickoffs for 1,081 yards (23.0-yard average), including a 97-yard touchdown in his inaugural season.

3. James, 5-9 and 185 pounds, was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFC Team and ESPN All-Rookie Team as a returner in 2018.

4. James had a career year in 2020. His 184 receiving yards in Week 9 vs. Green Bay were the most by a 49ers receiver since Anquan Boldin in 2013. He also became the first NFL player with at least three receptions of 40+ yards in a game since Kansas City's Tyreek Hill in 2017 and the first member of the 49ers to do so since Jerry Rice in 1995.

5. James finished his collegiate career as Middle Tennessee State's all-time leader in receptions (244), receiving yards (3,261), and touchdown catches (23). On November 26, 2016, James became the sixth player in NCAA FBS history to have 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game. He attended Riverview (Sarasota, Fla.) High School, where he played quarterback as a senior.


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