New England Patriots Roster Recap: Running Backs
James White, age 25
The hero of Super Bowl LI received a deserving raise this offseason. New England awarded White a three-year, $12 million dollar extension. White joined the league as a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2014.
Since being drafted, White has totaled more receiving yards than rushing for New England. In thirty-three games, he has 105 catches, 984 receiving yards, and nine touchdown catches. Running the ball, he has 260 yards and two touchdowns.
White posted fourteen catches for 110 receiving yards, six carries for 29 rushing yards, a two-point conversion, a touchdown catch, and two touchdown runs, in Super Bowl LI.
White’s role in 2017 will likely stay the same. He will be used primarily in screens and as a safety valve on third downs. Last season, it became obvious that when White was on the field the play was a pass. Adding Gillislee and Burkhead to the rotation will help make the Patriots personnel less predictable.