INDIANAPOLIS—The smile. The talk. The jovial attitude.
All that's missing is the dreadlocks. That might be it.
Standing amongst the media on Friday at the Colts' 56th complex, another James put on an entertaining show in for the assembled reporters and videojournalists.
Its had everyone on the "Edge."
"It's crazy because I grew up around here," said Javarris James, a free agent running back out of Miami.
If the last name and the school ring a bell, its should.
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That's because this new Indianapolis Colt is the cousin of Edgerrin James, the Colts all-time leading rusher who played in Indianapolis from 1999-2005.
"He just told me it was a great organization and I couldn't have been in a better place," said James when he told Edgerrin of his new football home. "He was just telling me how they run the organization and how everything is real professional he just told me to go in here and just work hard and listen to the coaches."
After all, he should know a few of them, since Javarris would visit Edgerrin in Indianapolis for practices, team events and even game during breaks from school as a child.
"I know a lot of the guys I know a lot of the staff and a lot of the players I've got a relationship with," said James. "When I got the call from Indy, I was so excited because I was getting calls from a bunch of teams and I was kinda debating, waiting.
"When I heard Indy was calling, I called EJ, and we was happy about it."
Most might disagree, considering the popularity which James had during his tenure with the Colts. He is tops in team history with 9,226 yards and 64 touchdowns on the ground, while also presenting a threat as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
The same skills exist in Javarris, who gained 492 total rushing yards with an average of 4.8 per carry while scoring six touchdowns during his 2009 season with the Hurricanes. He also caught 13 passes out of the backfield for 85 yards, but that won't matter to some who will immediately compare him to his cousin.
"When you go through it in high school and at UM, you've got to deal with it there," said James of living in the shadow of Edgerrin. "I understand how things go and I understand the expectations. Edgerrin did a lot of great things here and for me to just do half of the things he did, that would be an accomplishment."
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Head coach Jim Caldwell says that some on the team have already talked with him about trying to establish his own identity with the franchise.
"I don't think he's trying to come in here and live up those expectations because it would be a daunting task, obviously," said Caldwell of James so far this week. "He is who he is. He has his own set of skills and thats what he has to rely on."
This weekend is the first step of creating his own Colts legacy, as he joins other rookies in running through non-contact drills during the weekend as they prepare to join the veterans for mini-camp later in the spring.
"It felt like transitioning from high school to college," said James of the first day of practice. "The guys are a whole lot faster, but so far its been good for me."