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James White | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: Wisconsin
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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. Sep 14 - 11:55 AM

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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.
Sep 7 - 11:41 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.
Aug 22 - 11:36 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.
Aug 15 - 10:06 PM

Fourth-round RB James White got first-team carries Wednesday while most of Stevan Ridley's reps came with the second unit.

It's just one day of practice, but it carries a little more weight since it was a joint 11-on-11 session versus the Eagles. It confirms that the Patriots want to get a look at White against first-stringers even if Ridley is the starter. As a young back impressing in his first camp, White should at least be on watch lists. He's directly behind both big back Ridley and first-string passing back Shane Vereen.
Aug 13 - 9:00 PM

Rookie Patriots RB James White rushed four times for nine yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins.

The most buzzed about player in Pats camp, White also returned a kick for 19 yards and notched a special teams tackle. Although he came off the bench behind Stevan Ridley, he shared the field with Shane Vereen on a third down. White's first touch came with 2:18 left in the first quarter. White didn't gain momentum this evening, but certainly didn't halt it, either. He remains a player to watch.
Aug 7 - 9:58 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests fourth-round pick James White could be threatening Stevan Ridley for early-down carries.

Reiss wrote that he's "starting to wonder" if White "might cut into some of Ridley's early-down workload," and says it's "notable" how many practice reps White has received, "especially on the goal line." In his latest 53-man roster projection, Reiss appears to place White ahead of Ridley on the depth chart, and directly behind Shane Vereen. White lacks the power of 225-pound Ridley, but offers more versatility and is already a coaching staff pet. He's someone to consider late in re-draft leagues. Ridley remains a volatile middle-round fantasy pick.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 4 - 10:43 AM

ESPN Boston says it looks like fourth-round RB James White will "be a significant part of the team's attack -- on all three downs."

This is our third James White post in 24 hours, so you know he's buzzing at Pats camp. Bill Belichick has raved about him, he's gotten goal-line reps and now top beat man Mike Reiss is jumping on board. As a direct backup to both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, White would have some deep-league flier appeal.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 1 - 10:44 AM

Patriots fourth-round RB James White took goal-line reps in Thursday's practice.

It's a few reps in only one practice, but it's clear coach Bill Belichick was serious when he talked up White as a three-down talent. White should be given every opportunity to beat out Brandon Bolden for No. 3 duties, which would give him vulture appeal behind fumbler Stevan Ridley.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 31 - 2:47 PM

Coach Bill Belichick sees fourth-round RB James White as a three-down back.

White was pegged as a "passing back" by some coming out of Wisconsin, but the Patriots don't see it that way. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside," said Belichick. "... I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs." White is shaping up as the primary backup to both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 31 - 9:05 AM

According to Boston.com, fourth-round RB James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie."

White is getting plenty of first-team reps in both the Stevan Ridley power role and the Shane Vereen passing back spot. It's reportedly "clear" that he has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran" as he runs ahead of Brandon Bolden. White is on our flier radar.
Source: Boston.com
Jul 28 - 8:38 AM

Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears praised fourth-rounder James White on Thursday.

"I like his running style," Fears said. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy (5-foot-10, 195 pounds). He plays big. ... Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him." Fears' lavish praise comes one week after ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss predicted White would be on the field for more than 20 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps this season. He's a name to keep an eye on behind fumbler Stevan Ridley, and injury-prone Shane Vereen.
Jul 24 - 10:18 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss said rookie RB James White "will play more than 20 percent" of the Patriots' offensive snaps in his bold predictions column.

This lives up the bold prediction moniker, but it may not be too far off reality. White was one of the more pro-ready backs in this year's draft class, and he has only an injury-prone Shane Vereen and fumble-prone Stevan Ridley ahead of him on the depth chart. There are many scenarios that could see White earn this kind of playing time and perhaps even some redraft value this season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 19 - 9:54 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss believes fourth-round RB James White could be a factor in the passing game early in his career.

Reiss made the same Shane Vereen comparison coach Bill Belichick made earlier in the offseason. White is not on the same athletic level as Vereen, but he is a pro-ready pass blocker that could spell Vereen this season and eventually take over the main pass-back role if Vereen decides to walk when his contract expires next March. White is unlikely to be a contributor in redraft leagues, but he is a definite stash in Dynasty formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 21 - 9:59 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick likened fourth-round pick James White's skill set to that of Shane Vereen, calling the Wisconsin product "an elusive back who is dynamic in the passing game."

White isn't realistically as dynamic as Vereen -- or as elusive -- but it's entirely possible the Pats envision White as Vereen's eventual replacement. Vereen's contract is up after this year. White is pro-ready from a pass-game standpoint, excelling in pass protection as Wisconsin's blitz-pickup specialist ahead of Melvin Gordon in 2013. He finished his college career with 73 receptions.
Jun 4 - 10:58 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski