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26 yrs


6'2'' / 215 lbs


Florida State


Plethora of tackles masks down year

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-14

James finished the 2023 campaign with 125 tackles (86 solo), seven passes defended, two sacks and one interception across 16 games for the Chargers.

James compiled the third-most total tackles among all NFL safeties and played in his most games since his rookie year back in 2018, but the dynamic star wasn't quite the same playmaker as past seasons tallying just one total takeaway. The 27-year-old's versatility as a defensive chess piece is unparalleled, but his utility will likely be put to the test in 2024 with the Chargers expected to lose a few key veterans due to cap constraints entering the offseason.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Career Stats by Season: 2018 to 2022

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2019 23 LAC 5 5 50 461th2991121386%10000000
2021 25 LAC 15 15 207 21st9574375755%52720030
2022 26 LAC 14 14 200 32nd8325164566%62540020

Gets second sack of 2023 in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

James finished Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Broncos with 12 tackles (seven solo), including one sack.

James finished second on the team in tackles behind Eric Kendricks. It was the fifth time this season James has reached double-digit tackles in a game. The 2018 first-round pick out of Florida State has 117 total tackles and is one away from matching his career-high set in 2021.

Productive in defeat

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-25

James recorded eight tackles (four solo) in the Chargers' 24-22 loss to the Bills on Saturday.

The performance gave the three-time All-Pro more than 100 tackles in a season for the fourth time in his six-year career. James now has 106 tackles, five passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 2023.

Double-digit tackles in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-11

James had 11 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Broncos.

James reached double-digit tackles for the fourth time this season and played every single defensive snap for the fourth time in five games. He's now up to 91 total tackles in 12 games, which is second only to Kenneth Murray (100). James could reach the tackling century mark as early as Thursday night against the Raiders, which would be the third straight season he's reached that milestone in his five-year career.

Gets first sack of 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-04

James recorded nine tackles (seven solo) including a sack in Sunday's 6-0 win at New England.

James tallied seven-plus tackles for the fourth time in his last five games in Week 13, and he also registered in the sack column for the first time since Week 11 of 2022. He's on pace for his third straight 100-tackle season and projects as a strong IDP play for Week 14 versus the Broncos.

Tallies 13 tackles

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-14

James accumulated 13 tackles (eight solo) in the Chargers' Week 10 loss to the Lions.

James' 13 tackles were a season-high and his third time hitting double-digits in eight games. He also was on the field for all 64 defensive snaps, which makes it the fifth time he has not missed one this year. The safety will look to carry that momentum into Week 11 when the Chargers head to Green Bay.

Gets first INT of season in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-31

James had five tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Bears.

He picked off Tyson Bagent in the fourth quarter on a pass intended for Darnell Mooney, which was James' first regular season interception since Week 16 of the 2022 season. His 37 tackles this season is behind the pace of the 115 he registered last year and it seems unlikely that the safety will reach 100-plus tackles for a third straight season.

Active Week 7

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-22

James (ankle) will be active for Sunday's game with the Chiefs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

James sustained a minor ankle injury during practice Thursday, which left him sidelined for Friday's session and thus questionable to play Week 7. The three-time Pro Bowler was reportedly considered a game-time decision, so it appears he was able to make it through pregame warmups well enough to suit up Sunday. Over four games this season, James has tallied 27 tackles and two passes defended, and he should continue to play a crucial, do-it-all role in the Chargers' defense.

Viewed as game-time call Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-22

James (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Chiefs, is viewed as a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

A mid-week addition to the Chargers' injury report after tweaking his ankle in Thursday's practice, James didn't participate in Friday's session en route to taking a questionable tag into the weekend. Despite closing the practice week on a down note, James will be evaluated in pregame warmups before the Chargers make a call on his status when they release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. While suiting up for four of the Chargers' first five games, James has accrued 27 tackles and two pass breakups. Los Angeles has already ruled its other starting safety in Alohi Gilman (heel) out for the contest, so the secondary could be spread even more thin against the Kansas City passing attack if James can't gain clearance to play.

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