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James played no football last year, thanks to a torn meniscus in his right knee. He played just 5 games the season before, thanks to a foot fracture.
That has to add some risk. But there have been no signs of lingering issues with James this summer. And the only full season we've gotten from him in the NFL so far was spectacular.
James racked up 105 team-leading tackles in that 2018 campaign. He tallied 3.5 sacks, tying Jamal Adams for the lead among safeties. He defensed 13 passes, 1 fewer than safety leader Eddie Jackson. And he grabbed 3 INTs.
All of that as a rookie.
James is a special talent capable of lining up basically anywhere on the defense. His new HC is Brandon Staley, a fast-rising youngster who piloted the Rams' league-leading defense in his only year as DC there. And James will share the field with an iffy set of LBs, which could increase his tackle opportunities.
It's an exciting player in an upside situation. As long as you can look past the recent injuries, there's plenty to like here.
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