The team expressed confidence in James on Tuesday when it cut both Kyle Williams and Perrish Cox. They were the only other punt returners on the roster. James took over for Williams as the primary punt returner on Sunday.
So, the team clearly believes James -- a backup running back who was a second-round pick last year -- can handle the job. James averaged 11.7 yards on three punts Sunday in the loss to Carolina.
With James now the punt returner, expect him to get some more carries at running back as well.
Also, the Cox release means Eric Wright will definitely be in the cornerback rotation, Wright was activated to the 53-man roster last week, but he didn’t play last week.