The Bengals are in the market for a RB after OC Jay Gruden stressed he wants to utilize a 3-RB committee. Benjarvus Green-Ellis is a between-the-tackles pounder, and Bernard Scott is in the last year of his rookie deal. The team also needs an upgrade in the return game.
Enter LaMichael James. The All-American out of Oregon accounted for 1731 rushing yards on 294 carries (5.89 yards per carry) and 24 total TDs his sophomore year. He followed that up with 1805 yards on a 7.3 average with 20 total TDs his junior year, despite missing two games due to a dislocated elbow. He’s the total package thew Bengals desire, as he’s shown he can be a workhorse RB, can be a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, and would provide a boost to the Bengals porous return-game.
Marvin Lewis made it out to see James at his pro day, so there is interest there from the Bengals.
5’8 194 pounds, 9 inch hands, 30.25 inch arms
4.45 forty yard dash
15 bench press reps
35 inch vertical jump
123 inch broad jump
6.88 3 cone drill
4.12 20 yard shuttle
Oregonoffical bio page:
Led all running backs in the squat (465 pounds), bench press (295 pounds), electronic 20-yard (2.68 seconds), fly 30 (2.85 seconds) and electronic 40-yard (4.59 seconds) during winter conditioning