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28 James White RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/206 | Birthdate: 2/3/1992 | Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA | Team: New England | College: Wisconsin | NFL Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 153.89
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Patriots set inactives for Week 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Patriots have released their inactives for the Sunday game in Minnesota. It includes wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, defensive ends Michael Buchanan and Zach Moore, running back James White, linebacker Jamie Collins and center Ryan Wendell.

Patriots unveil Week 1 inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) The Patriots inactive list for Week 1 against the Dolphins is as follows: Offensive linemen Josh Kline and Bryan Stork; defensive linemen Michael Buchanan and Chris Jones; linebacker Darius Fleming; running back James White; and wide receiver Aaron Dobson.

James White does little with 10 carries Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White earned some reps with the first-team offense, but had a lackluster performance Friday night against the Eagles in preseason action.

White entered the game on the second drive of the night and had six carries for nine yards with Tom Brady under center. He finished the game with 10 carries for 27 yards. Through two games, White has 36 yards on 14 carries, averaging 2.6 yards per attempt.

James White lands first-ream reps


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White had a number of first-team reps while Stevan Ridley worked mostly with the second unit during their joint practice with the Eagles on Wednesday, Comcast Sportsnet reported.

White has been impressive in camp and might have earned some time with the starters. It's also noted that Ridley has run well and hasn't fumbled when given the opportunity. It's very likely Ridley will return to first-team duty soon. 


James White can't get going


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White, a training camp star by all accounts, gained 9 yards on four carries Thursday against the Redskins. White entered after starter Stevan Ridley and also got on the field on third down alongside running back Shane Vereen.

Report: James White threatening Stevan Ridley on early downs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White might cut into Stevan Ridley's early-down workload, reports ESPN.com. "It's been notable how many repetitions he's seeing in practice, especially on the goal line," the website said.

James White to get 'significant' work on all three downs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White "has opened eyes with how many quality reps he's getting and looks like he’ll be a significant part of the team’s attack -- on all three downs," reports ESPN.com. It's the latest in an avalance of positive reports about White, who's expected to cut into the workloads of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Bill Belichick calls James White a 'three-down back'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/31/2014) If you weren't already convinced by assistant coaches, onlookers and analysts that James White was a good running back, perhaps Patriots coach Bill Belichick might convince you. Belichick said earlier this week that White was more than just a third down back -- he's a contender to work on rushing downs too. 

"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Belichick was quoted as saying by ESPN while on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game."

White is fighting to get some playing time alongside passing downs running back Shane Vereen and rushing downs running back Stevan Ridley. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 

It is worth noting that Belichick typically doesn't trust rookie running backs. In fact, not once in Belichick's 19 years as a head coach has a rookie led his team in rushing. The closest came in 2006 when Laurence Maroney totaled 745 rush yards on 175 carries and 194 yards on 22 catches with seven total touchdowns -- second to Corey Dillon. 


James White called Patriots' "leading rookie"


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/28/2014) The praise keeps rolling in for Patriots rookie James White, who took more handoffs in team drills than Stevan Ridley on Sunday. The Boston Globe has recognized White as "one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie." 

Furthermore, the paper has been told that comparisons to Shane Vereen aren't entirely correct as running backs coach Ivan Fears said he can also work as a running downs back, as evidenced in camp already this week. 


Patriots already liking rookie James White


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears didn't hold back on talking about their rookie rusher James White

"I like his running style," Fears said per the Boston Herald. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy. He plays big. He's a great person. He works hard. He works hard off the field, to study, to learn, to do the things we need him to do. We'll see what he's like when the pads come on. Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him."

Originally assumed to be the backup for Shane Vereen, White could also handle backup duty behind Stevan Ridley if needed. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 


James White 'a threat for touches in every phase'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White could end up taking away touches from Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, reports the Boston Globe. White "has quick burst and patience to wait for blocks to develop, a combination that often leads to positive yards," the paper said, noting White fumbled only twice in college.

A sixth-round pick out of Wisconsin, White "also has soft hands as a receiver and sound blocking technique in pass protection, making him a threat for touches in every phase of the game."

The paper projects White as the No. 3 back, ahead of Roy Finch and James Develin.


Patriots rookie James White to complement Vereen?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White has worked exclusively in a role similar to that of Shane Vereen so far this offseason. ESPN says he's shown "generally reliable hands" and has been a smooth route runner but hasn't done anything as a rusher. That's partially because the team hasn't worked on the run game since there haven't been any full-pad practices.

While it looks like White will be a backup to Vereen this season, the site also says White shouldn't be overlooked as a rusher.  


How might the Patriots RBs shake out?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/24/2014) Stevan Ridley led all Patriots running backs in snaps played the last two seasons, but ESPN believes that nothing will be handed to him and he'll have to earn his keep this year. Additionally, ESPN thinks Ridley would not have led the backs in snaps had Shane Vereen stayed healthy for a full season. Vereen played nearly as many snaps as Ridley as it were. 

The belief from ESPN's Mike Reiss is that there will be a tandem situation "if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen."

Behind Ridley and Vereen are Brandon Bolden and rookie James White. Either one of them could earn decent playing time with a strong training camp and/or turnover issues from Ridley or Vereen. 

 


Sounds like James White is a third-down contender


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick described sixth-round pick James White as the kind of back he'd normally use in third-down situations.

"White was a very productive player at Wisconsin. He averaged six yards per carry, which is really hard to do in any league, especially in the Big Ten," Belichick said. "Versatile player that can run inside, run outside, can catch. He's very smart. I think he'll help us in pass protection and in pass routes, so just another guy for the quarterback to throw to as well as a guy who can create some space and give us plays in the running game." 

White could also work in rushing downs if need be -- he clearly didn't have a problem doing that at Wisconsin last year when he tallied 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns.


Seven Patriots' draft picks under contract


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) The Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks. Under contract are Florida State center Bryan Stork, Florida guard Jon Halapio, Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas, Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore and Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon.

First-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback from Eastern Illinois, remain unsigned.


Patriots select RB James White in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 130th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected running back James White from Wisconsin.

White spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin behind Montee Ball. When he took over in 2013, he amassed for 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also posted 39 receptions for 300 yards and two scores in the passing game. He will likely battle for the third -string spot behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.


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