Two Rookies Discover the Field for the First Time and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterDecember 10, 2012

Dec 9, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James (23) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In long-awaited anticipation, fans finally saw two rookies whom they had been clamoring for. First-round wide receiver A.J. Jenkins saw his first action of the season on Sunday, as well as did second-round running back LaMichael James.

While neither player played in abundance, both players managed to make an impact while they were in the game. Jenkins played a measly eight snaps—five of the snaps were on pass routes and the other three were on run plays.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not target Jenkins on any of the five pass routes he ran, so he has yet to make his first career NFL catch. But Jenkins did display the ability to throw a couple of nice blocks in the run game. According to Pro Football Focus, he garnered a plus-0.5 grade in the run game.

Nice first run for LaMichael James. Shifty as ever. 10-yard gain.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 9, 2012

As you can see from Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller,  James's debut was a bit more impressive. He saw a total of 15 snaps—nine run plays and four pass plays. Of the nine run plays he was involved in, he carried the ball eight times. On eight carries, he picked up 30 yards for 3.8 yards per carry.

Not mind blowing numbers by any means, but just the fact that he found his way on the field and contributed in a positive manner should be enough for him to solidify the No. 2 running back spot going forward. We all know where Brandon Jacobs and the 49ers currently stand, so he doesn't seem to be a threat.

With three regular season games left, plus the playoffs, it will be interesting to see just how involved both players are by season's end.


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