Two ex 49ers are looking for work this week.
Running back LaMichael James, who was released last week, tried out for the Dolphins on Tuesday. His agent, Jeff Sperbeck, tweeted yesterday that there is “mutual interest” between Miami and James and that other teams also are interested in the 49ers' former second-round pick. The Cardinals are believed to be one of the teams that have considered James.
James dealt with offseason injuries all three years he was with the 49ers, which pushed him down the team's depth chart. Frustrated by his lack of playing time, James asked for – and eventually was granted – his release. The Dolphins lost one of their running backs, Knowshon Moreno, to a dislocated elbow, the same injury that put James out of action for three weeks of training camp.
Other teams also have had injuries -- or other issues -- regarding their starting running backs, including Minnesota, Baltimore, New Orleans and San Diego.
Meanwhile, linebacker Shayne Skov is hoping to land on another team's 53-man roster or practice squad after being released Monday.
Before the draft, teams were scared off by by Skov's 5.1-second run in the 40-yard dash. The former Stanford linebacker was coming off a hamstring injury at the time and looked better during the preseason where he was a member of the 49ers' special teams coverage units and played inside linebacker with the backup defense. He finished with 10 stops.
After going undrafted, Skov chose the 49ers over half a dozen other teams because of his familiarity with their scheme – Vic Fangio was Stanford's defensive coordinator in 2010 – and because of the coaching staff's familiarity with him. But the 49ers had taken inside linebackers in the last two drafts and both, Chris Borland and Nick Moody, are the backups.
Meanwhile, NaVorro Bowman is on track to return to the starting lineup in Week 9, which would push Michael Wilhoite into a backup role as well. All of which is to say, the 49ers have an abundance of inside linebackers on the squad and Skov was squeezed out by shortages/injuries at other positions like tight end and cornerback.