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Chanceller James, the undrafted free agent rookie out of Boise State in 2017, should return to the 49ers lineup this season. James, who’s rookie season was cut short due to a knee injury during his first preseason game last year, showed tremendous promise at the safety position before the ACL tear brought his rookie season to a premature end.

After being waived by the 49ers, James went unclaimed by another NFL team after he was placed on injured reserve, which allowed him to remain with the team.

This upcoming season brings an addition to the defensive backfield with the offseason acquisition of former Seahawk and all-pro corner Richard Sherman. Sherman, in his eighth NFL season, out of nearby Stanford University, should be able to provide the veteran leadership needed for this young secondary to improve, and eventually become one of the better defensive units in all of the NFL.

Barring any setbacks in his rehab, James should be able to contribute right away and help solidify a defensive secondary that figures to be tested quite a bit in the battle for NFC west supremacy and beyond.

James made the Mountain West second team as a senior and led the Broncos with three interceptions.

He continues to be active in Boise, as he recently hosted the eighth annual Gridiron Dreams Football Academy, in which hundreds of kids in the area participate.

Here in the Bay Area, James has helped deliver backpacks to kids, at Lucile Packard Children’s hospital, and has lended a hand with special needs children at Leland High, as part of the Furry Friends pet assisted therapy services initiative.

We here at Nothing But Niners wish James the best in his continued rehab, and are looking forward to a successful 2018 season!