James White

New England Patriots
Running Back #28
New England Patriots
Running Back #28
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James White News

Back on the field

White (hip) was spotted on the field during the Patriots' voluntary offseason workouts this week, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: White is bouncing back from season-ending hip surgery and previously noted that he still has a way to go in his recovery, but his presence on the field is nonetheless an encouraging sign. It remains to be seen, however, how much (if at all) he'll participate in the team's upcoming full-squad OTAs. Assuming no setbacks this summer, White will look to reclaim his pass-catching role in a deep New England backfield that added Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris in the 2022 NFL Draft.

May 19, 2022 2:46 PM EST

Bouncing back from hip issue

White (hip) isn't expected to be ready for the Patriots' upcoming voluntary offseason workouts, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. "I still have a little while to go [after] a pretty rough injury," White acknowledged after the 2022 NFL Draft.

Analysis: It remains to be seen when the veteran change-of-pace back will be fully cleared, but in the meantime added opportunities behind top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson will be available for draftees Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris, as well as returnee J.J. Taylor. Assuming he reproves his health in advance of Week 1, White is poised to reclaim his pass-catching role in New England's backfield, but considering the team's depth on that front, the 30-year-old may be hard-pressed to log the sort of target volume he did when he operated as a key safety valve for former New England QB Tom Brady.

May 1, 2022 10:24 AM EST

Back with Patriots

White (hip) has agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Patriots, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: The 30-year-old is reportedly recovering well from season-ending hip surgery and now that he's back in the fold, the 2014 fourth-rounder is poised to reclaim his change-of-pace role in New England's backfield. In that capacity, White should yield a degree of PPR utility in 2022, while working alongside top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.

Mar 15, 2022 10:33 AM EST

Progressing in recovery

White is "doing great" after his 2021 season was abbreviated due to a hip subluxation that required surgery Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Prior to getting hurt after just six offensive snaps in the Pats' Week 3 matchup with the Saints, White gathered in 12 of 14 targets for 94 yards, averaged 3.8 yards on 10 carries and had one rushing touchdown. The seven-year pro is a soon-to-be free agent, so it'll be interesting to see if he sticks with the only organization he's known. Currently, the Patriots have Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, J.J. Taylor and Devine Ozigbo locked into their backfield for 2022.

Mar 7, 2022 3:50 PM EST

Limited to three games in 2021

White (hip) finished the 2021 season with 10 carries for 38 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 12 catches (on 14 targets) for 94 yards in three games.

Analysis: White opened the season in his usual change-of-pace role, but a hip subluxation that the running back suffered in Week 3 landed him on IR. The 2014 fourth-rounder, who turns 30 on Feb. 3, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason after having signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last March. Brandon Bolden, who absorbed a large portion of White's expected workload this past season, is also a pending unrestricted free agent, so it remains to be seen who will be joining New England's top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson in the team's 2022 backfield, but it's plausible that White will be brought back to reclaim a complementary role, provided he fully recovers from his hip issue.

Jan 21, 2022 11:09 AM EST

Placed on IR

White (hip) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: The move isn't surprising after it was reported that the hip subluxation White suffered in this past Sunday's game against the Saints was expected to be a season-ending injury. With White now out of the Patriots' backfield picture, look for Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor to absorb a good chunk of White's change-of-pace duties behind lead back Damien Harris, while rookie Rhamondre Stevenson (a healthy scratch in two straight contests) is a candidate to be active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Oct 1, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Hip injury likely season-ending

The hip injury that White suffered Sunday against the Saints is expected to be season-ending, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Look for the veteran pass-catching back to land on IR in the coming days, while the Patriots will now scramble to replace one of the team's most reliable players for the long haul. In his absence, look for Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor to absorb a portion of White's change-of-pace duties, while Rhamondre Stevenson is a candidate to be active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, following back-to-back healthy scratches. Additionally, it wouldn't surprise us to see the team add a free agent RB in short order.

Sep 29, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Multi-week absence expected

White suffered a subluxation of the hip in Week 3 against the Saints and will be out indefinitely, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport adds that White's still undergoing further testing, but the receiving back will likely have to go on IR, which would entail an absence no shorter than three weeks. White will almost certainly miss Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and additional time on top of that.

Sep 27, 2021 12:36 PM EST

Suffers hip injury

White suffered a hip injury during Sunday's game against the Saints, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With White, who had carried just once for six yards, already ruled out for the remainder of the contest after being carted off, Damien Harris will continue to head New England's Week 3 backfield, with J.J. Taylor, and perhaps Brandon Bolden, now options to absorb change-of-pace snaps, given that Rhamondre Stevenson is once again inactive.

Sep 26, 2021 11:09 AM EST

Finds paydirt in easy win

White rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown while catching all six of his targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets.

Analysis: White split backfield duties with Damien Harris, who compiled 62 rushing yards and a touchdown. The veteran receiving back showed that he can still be a threat on the ground as well, waltzing into the end zone from seven yards out to give New England a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. White also ended up leading the team in receiving yards as rookie quarterback Mac Jones dinked and dunked to avoid mistakes. His usage as both a rusher and a receiver keeps White involved regardless of game script, and he's topped 60 scrimmage yards in both games heading into a Week 3 matchup with the Saints.

Sep 19, 2021 2:44 PM EST

Looks to click with new QB

White reportedly showed good chemistry with new starting QB Mac Jones in training camp, Mike Dussault of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: White's coming off a 2020 campaign in which he recorded 35 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 49 catches on 62 targets for 375 yards and a receiving score in 14 games. While those stats were down a bit from recent years, it's plausible that the 29-year could engineer a bounce back in 2021, given his reported chemistry with Jones, as well as the fact that he'll be operating within an offense that figures to be buoyed by the addition of several new pass-catchers. Meanwhile, with Sony Michel no longer in the team's backfield mix, Damien Harris profiles as the preferred option on early downs, while fourth-round draft pick Rhamondre Stevenson and second-year back J.J Taylor should also factor in as complementary pieces. Still, White remains entrenched as the New England's top change-of-pace back, a context that may not yield abundant carries, but should provide enough him targets to re-emerge as a PPR option.

Sep 10, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Two catches Thursday

White was on the field for five snaps on offense in Thursday's 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: In the process, White caught two of his three targets for 13 yards. Meanwhile, presumed top back Damien Harris logged just eight snaps, while Sony Michel, Rhamondre Stevenson and J.J. Taylor handled the bulk of the team's carries Thursday. White's limited involvement in the contest isn't much of a surprise, however, given that he's a roster lock and remains entrenched in his role as New England's top change-of-pace/pass-catching back heading into the regular season.

Aug 20, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Stays with Patriots

White has agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White will thus stick with the team that took him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Since then, the 29-year-old has established himself as a reliable pass-catching option out of the Patriots' backfield. This past season, White recorded 35 carries for 121 yards and two TDs along with 49 catches on 62 targets for 375 yards and a receiving score over the course of 14 games. While those numbers weren't at the same level as the those he had logged previously, it's plausible that White could see an uptick in production in 2021, given the probability that New England's passing attack will improve due to offseason upgrades in personnel.

Mar 24, 2021 8:23 AM EST

Likely staying in New England

White is expected to re-sign with New England, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The deal isn't finished, but it sounds like it's just a matter of time. The 29-year-old White figures to reprise his role as New England's pass-catching back, though it's a far less valuable role in the post-Brady era.

Mar 24, 2021 7:04 AM EST

Catches 49 passes in 2020

White finished the 2020 season with 35 carries for 121 yards and two TDs and 49 catches on 62 targets for 375 yards and a receiving score in 14 games.

Analysis: White's rushing and receiving production both dipped in a season in which the Patriots offense, in particular on the passing side, took a step back, as the team moved on from long-time starting QB Tom Brady. Looking ahead, it's hard to get a read on White's 2021 fantasy outlook, as the one-time PPR stalwart is eligible to become a free agent this offseason. If the 28-year-old does re-sign with New England, a plausible outcome, it remains to be seen who the team's QB will be next season, given that Newton is also on track to become a free agent.

Jan 5, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Garners seven touches

White rushed four times for 14 yards and caught all three of his targets for 23 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: White's production wasn't anything special, but he at least ranked second among New England's tailbacks with seven touches, trailing only Sony Michel and his 10. Notably, though, J.J. Taylor gained 38 yards on his six carries, perhaps warranting more totes if Damien Harris (ankle) remains sidelined in Week 17 versus the Jets. In White's favor, however, could be the fact that Jarrett Stidham replaced Cam Newton at quarterback in the third quarter Monday. If Stidham were to start Sunday against New York, a more pass-centric offense could favor White's skill set compared to his peers, perhaps boosting his value to close the campaign.

Dec 28, 2020 9:14 PM EST

Breaks 50 receiving yards

White collected three yards over a pair of carries, adding four receptions for 52 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Sony Michel (10 carries) garnered the majority of the Week 15 RB rushing opportunities as Damien Harris (ankle) sat out, while White characteristically filled a notable pass-catching role. The 28-year-old was in the midst of a production slump coming into the weekend, with only five catches for two yards over his preceding three appearances. A 52-yard performance from White supplies his third-highest receiving total of the season, but an approaching Week 16 matchup against Buffalo causes reason for pause, as the division rivals have allowed just one RB receiving touchdown all season.

Dec 20, 2020 3:04 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

White (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: With fellow running back Damien Harris (ankle) inactive, White and Sony Michel figure to garner added opportunities versus Miami. Though we'd expect Michel to lead the way on early downs, White could see enough change-of-pace/passing-down work Sunday to merit lineup consideration in PPR formats.

Dec 20, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Expected to be active Sunday

White (foot) is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Volume has been an issue for White of late, but with fellow running back Damien Harris (ankle) having been ruled out, White (assuming he's active) and Sony Michel figure to have added opportunities in Week 15. While Michel should lead the way on early downs, White could garner enough change-of-pace work Sunday to merit PPR attention.

Dec 20, 2020 4:54 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday's game

White (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road game against the Dolphins after being limited at practice this week.

Analysis: White is one of 14 New England players listed as questionable for the contest, though the status of some of that group could be known some time Saturday if the team announces which ones aren't making the trip to Miami. Given White's current level of usage in the team's Cam Newton-led offense, the change-of-pace back's once-stable PPR floor can' be relied upon these days.

Dec 18, 2020 12:22 PM EST

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