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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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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

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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.
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.
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.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Patriots RB James White is inactive for Week 11.

White is a healthy scratch, leaving Brandon Bolden to backup Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray. The rest of the Patriots inactives are WR Aaron Dobson, DE Chandler Jones, S Don Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, and DL Casey Walker.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Patriots RB James White is a healthy scratch for Week 9 against the Broncos.

As is Aaron Dobson. White notched six touches in last week's win over the Bears, but the Pats will go with Brandon Bolden behind Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray. Also inactive for the Patriots are CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jodan Devey, OL Cameron Fleming, DE Zach Moore and DE Chandler Jones.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 03:00:00 PM

Patriots RB James White notched his first touches since Week 4 in the Pats' Week 8 win over the Bears, rushing six times for 17 yards.

White got a series to himself in the second quarter, but largely functioned as Jonas Gray's breather back. White appears to have moved ahead of Brandon Bolden on the depth chart, but things can be week to week in New England. White isn't a particularly high-upside stash in 12-team leagues.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Patriots RB James White is a healthy scratch for Week 7 against the Jets.

Jonas Gray is active after being promoted from the practice squad on Thursday. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes the Pats' decision to go with the 5-foot-10, 230-pound Gray over the 5-foot-10, 205-pound White could be related to the rainy conditions in Foxboro on Thursday evening. Gray will back up Brandon Bolden as the Pats' "big back," but could get a chance to establish himself as the "hot hand." Shane Vereen will handle passing-down work, and should get looks between the tackles.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 07:04:00 PM

James White is inactive for Week 2 against the Vikings.

White is a healthy scratch for the second straight week. White is now clearly behind Brandon Bolden in the Patriots' backfield.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Patriots RB James White is a healthy scratch for Week 1 against the Dolphins.

Also inactive for the Pats are LB Darius Fleming, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Bryan Stork, DL Chris Jones, OG Josh Kline and DE Michael Buchanan. White generated hype in OTAs and training camp, but struggled in preseason games. His spot on the bench is a relief for Stevan Ridley owners, who at least for one week don't have to worry about White stealing valuable snaps. White could still become a going fantasy concern this season, but his value in 10-12 team re-draft leagues is just about nil.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 11:41:00 AM

James White rushed for 15 yards on four carries and added five yards on one catch in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Despite his lackluster play this preseason, the Patriots have shown confidence in their rookie runner. White played four more snaps in the first half than Stevan Ridley, and was utilized several times in a two-back formation with Shane Vereen. With injury-prone Vereen and fumble-prone Ridley the only players in front of him on the depth chart, White is worth a flier in the 13th round.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Patriots fourth-round pick James White managed 27 yards on ten carries in Friday night's preseason game against Philly.

He added one catch for eight yards on two targets. Through two exhibition affairs, White has 36 yards on 14 carries (2.57 YPC). The Patriots' coaching staff seems to love White, but he's been unable to translate his alleged strong practice play into real-game performance. Even with Stevan Ridley fumbling on Friday night, White is no more than a late-round fantasy flier.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Matt Flynn
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brandon Gibson
4Brian Tyms
5Jonathan Krause
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Chris Harper
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4AJ Derby
5Jake Bequette
K1Stephen Gostkowski