SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers made some significant changes this week looking to get more positive returns.
Now it's up to running backs LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon and a few other newcomers in the role to provide them.
With their return game lagging near the bottom of the NFL rankings, the 49ers have entrusted a new set of players with bringing back kicks as they head into the November stretch run. The team released Kyle Williams and Perrish Cox on Tuesday, two players who had handled most of San Francisco's returns before last week's loss to Carolina.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday that the 49ers are taking their return shortcomings seriously, but are confident the latest shake-up will add a spark on special teams when the 49ers face NFC South leader New Orleans on Sunday.

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