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Andre James

Andre James
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James with UCLA in 2018
No. 68 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-02) May 2, 1997 (age 27)
Herriman, Utah, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Herriman
(Herriman, Utah)
College:UCLA (2015–2018)
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:76
Games started:49
Player stats at PFR

Andre James (born May 2, 1997) is an American football center for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA.

Early years

James grew up in South Jordan, Utah, and attended Herriman High School, where he was a member of the football and track and field teams. He was named first-team All-State as a senior at offensive tackle. James was also a three time class 5A state champion in the shot put.[1] He was rated a four-star recruit and committed to play college football at UCLA over offers from Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Utah.[2]

College career

James was a member of the UCLA Bruins, redshirting his true freshman season. He became a starter during his redshirt freshman season following an injury to Kolton Miller.[3] James started the final 32 games of his collegiate career, appearing in 35 games total.[4] As a redshirt junior, he made the decision to play in the Bruins' week seven game against Arizona and continue his consecutive games started streak despite his father passing away of cancer earlier that week.[5] James declared for the NFL Draft on December 18, 2018, forgoing his final season of NCAA eligibility.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+18 in
(1.93 m)
299 lb
(136 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
5.32 s 1.80 s 3.05 s 4.84 s 8.00 s 29.0 in
(0.74 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
21 reps
All values from Pro Day[6]

James signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2019. He was reunited with UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller.[7] He made his NFL debut on September 9, 2019, against the Denver Broncos.[8] He made his first career start at center in Week 9 in place of the injured Rodney Hudson. James appeared in 12 games with one start as a rookie.[9]

On March 22, 2021, the Raiders signed James to a three-year, $12.5 million contract extension through the 2023 season.[10] He was the full-time starting center for all three seasons.

On March 11, 2024, James signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension with the Raiders.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Andre James: Four-star OT from Utah signs NLI with UCLA". Los Angeles Daily News. February 4, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Conway, Tyler (July 10, 2014). "Andre James to UCLA: Bruins Land 4-Star OT Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Kamrani, Christopher (November 1, 2017). "An emotional Utah homecoming is on tap for UCLA tackle, Herriman grad Andre James". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (December 18, 2018). "UCLA LT Andre James declares for NFL draft". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Andre James starts for UCLA five days after father's passing". Los Angeles Daily News. October 20, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Andre James, UCLA, OG, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Bair, Scott (May 3, 2019). "Raiders sign 10 undrafted free agents, these three can make roster". NBC Sports Bay Area. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Bair, Scott (September 10, 2019). "Raiders snap count: Darren Waller moved all around, never left field". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "Andre James 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Williamson, Bill (March 22, 2021). "Raiders sign center Andre James to contract extension". Silver and Black Pride. SB Nation. Retrieved February 1, 2023.
  11. ^ "Silver Minings: Andre James re-signs before free agency". Silver and Black Pride. SB Nation. March 11, 2024.
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