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James White | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: Wisconsin
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James White totaled 36 rushing yards on 10 carries in Thursday’s preseason loss to the Giants.
White also snagged two catches for 21 yards. He juked a few defenders on his way to a nice nine-yard run late in the first half, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. White had a chance to secure a role for himself on third downs at the start of camp but was outplayed by Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden. It's safe to ignore White in fantasy. Sep 3 - 10:34 PM

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CSN New England's Tom E. Curran said James White could be the "odd man out" in the Patriots' third-down running back battle.

White was drafted as the heir apparent to Shane Vereen last season, but he has struggled to make an impact in both of his NFL preseasons. Travaris Cadet shined in the offseason program, but he has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Brandon Bolden is the most tenured and versatile of the four competing, and Dion Lewis has been the most impressive this preseason. At least one of those four will not make the team, and there is a chance it is White.
Sep 3 - 9:23 AM

Patriots RB James White played just two snaps in the third preseason game.

White did not record a statistic. After opening the preseason as the favorite for the Patriots' third-down job, White appears to have fallen behind Brandon Bolden and Dion Lewis on the depth chart. White had a similar trajectory last offseason, dazzling in OTAs before disappearing when the pads came on. White could still earn a role in the offense, but he is running out of time.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 11:21 AM

James White led the Patriots with 23 rushing yards in Saturday's preseason win against the Saints.

White started New England's comeback with a three-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter. He also made his presence felt in the passing game with a 20-yard catch on his only target of the night. White is a candidate to replace Shane Vereen on passing downs, though he faces stiff competition from Travaris Cadet and Brandon Bolden.
Aug 23 - 12:01 AM

ESPN Boston considers James White the leading candidate for third-down snaps.

White led New England in receiving in the preseason opener, catching four balls for 52 yards. He allowed a sack in the third quarter, but Bill Belichick said he thought White "fared well enough" in protection. White's preseason usage makes him the early favorite for passing work over Brandon Bolden and Travaris Cadet.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 15 - 2:39 PM

Patriots second-year RB James White recorded a game-high 52 yards on four catches while also rushing eight times for 12 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Packers.

He was briefly sidelined in the second quarter after getting hit by Packers rookie Quinten Rollins but was back for the start of the second half. All in all, Thursday's outing was a mixed bag for White. He showed some explosiveness after the catch but made a critical error in the third quarter by missing his block and letting Jimmy Garoppolo get sacked. White will have to do better than that if he wants to stick as New England's third-down back.
Aug 13 - 10:56 PM

According to the Boston Herald, Patriots second-year RB James White has "struggled ever since the pads came on" at training camp.

This sounds an awful lot like last year when White was getting talked up as a rookie before the train went off the tracks during training camp and preseason. He looks good as a pass-catcher in shorts and a t-shirt. But over the past week, White has been leapfrogged by Brandon Bolden and Travaris Cadet, with Bolden becoming the "leader" for third-down duties behind thumper LeGarrette Blount.
Aug 10 - 8:52 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick talked up second-year RB James White following Monday's training camp practice.

White is getting the first crack at New England's "Vereen Role," ahead of oddly-ballyhooed Travaris Cadet. "A guy who can really play on all three downs," is how Belichick described 2014 fourth-round pick White. "Quality guy, smart, team oriented." Whereas Cadet has scant NFL pass-protection experience, White was one of the best pass-blocking backs in last year's draft.
Aug 3 - 5:45 PM

Sophomore RB James White is working with the first team as the third-down back in Patriots camp.

CSN New England's Tom Curran said it "seems" the Patriots are going to give White the first crack to earn the third-down job vacated by Shane Vereen. Even if White wins the competition, he will likely cede touches to Travaris Cadet, Dion Lewis or Brandon Bolden at times. It is unlikely any of the Patriots' passing-down options earn the almost 10 touches a game Vereen saw the last two seasons.
Aug 1 - 7:31 AM

The Boston Herald says James White "looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen."

The Herald notes White has looked "great" while "lining up in all the same places (as Vereen), and turned in some spectacular catches, particularly on wheel routes coming out of the backfield." However, White was also a standout at this time last year before falling off the map once the pads went on in August. And just a few days ago, the Boston Globe said Travaris Cadet has a leg up on White for the passing back role. This is a competition that won't end anytime soon. Ultimately, neither of these guys are talented enough to earn 9.9 touches per game like Vereen did over the previous two years.
Jun 22 - 8:06 AM

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian believes James White is in the "driver's seat" in the battle to be the Patriots' third-down back.

White was drafted as the heir apparent to Shane Vereen, so it is not surprising he is leading the competition early. Following an underwhelming rookie campaign, it also would not be surprising if White lost out to either Travaris Cadet or Dion Lewis in training camp. Despite White having an early edge, this competition will likely go down the wire.
Jun 6 - 1:08 PM

NESN's Doug Kyed believes second-year RB James White is the favorite to replace Shane Vereen as the passing-down back.

After a hype-filled preseason, White only managed 31 offensive snaps last season and spent most of the year inactive. Viewed as a plus pass catcher and blocker coming out of Wisconsin, White has the ability to beat out Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for the Patriots' third-down role, but he will have to show more explosion and playmaking ability this preseason to win the job.
Source: NESN.com
May 23 - 1:13 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss mentioned James White as a candidate to replace Shane Vereen as the team's passing-down back.

The Patriots' backfield has thinned out considerably following the losses of Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. With Tom Brady's arm strength on the decline, New England has relied heavily on the short passing game over the last few seasons. White has a chance to pick up where Vereen left off as the team's primary receiving back. He'll compete with Dion Lewis and Travaris Cadet, amongst others.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 9:03 AM

Patriots rookie RB James White is inactive for the Super Bowl.

The 130th overall pick in last May's draft, White was a favorite inside the draftnik community, but looked overwhelmed this preseason and was active for just three games as a rookie. The door could crack open for White to contribute in 2015 if Shane Vereen leaves in free agency. White was viewed as a plus pass blocker and pass catcher coming out of Wisconsin.
Feb 1 - 4:50 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss thinks James White could be the team's pass-catching back in 2015.

With Shane Vereen scheduled to become a free agent in March, White could make the leap in 2015. The 130th pick in May's draft was standout in OTAs and minicamp, but couldn't put it together in the preseason and has played just 27 offensive snaps as a rookie. The Patriots are still high on White. He's a player to target in Dynasty leagues with his value at the lowest it's been.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Ryan Lindley
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3Brandon Bolden
4James White
5Dion Lewis
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1Brandon Bolden
2James White
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Reggie Wayne
4Zach D'Orazio
5DaVaris Daniels
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Matt Slater
4Jalen Saunders
5Chris Harper
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Asante Cleveland
K1Stephen Gostkowski