White has announced his retirement from the NFL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 30-year-old, who the Patriots took in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, had been working his way back from a significant hip injury this summer, but he's now decided to end his playing career. Through much of his tenure with the franchise, White was a reliable change-of-pace back and now that he's no longer in New England's backfield mix, players such as Pierre Strong and Ty Montgomery could see added added opportunities to contribute as pass-catching backs this coming season.
Aug 11, 2022 8:18 AM EST
At this stage, there's no clear timetable for when White (hip) might return to practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The veteran change-of-pace option, who continues to bounce back from right hip surgery, opened training camp on the Patriots' active/PUP list. Though the team still has some time to evaluate White's progress in the coming weeks, Howe suggests that it's possible the 30-year-old could remain on the PUP list to start the season, and if that ends up occurring, he'd be in line to miss at least four games. In such a scenario, the team would be forced to get creative in terms of filling the ensuing pass-catching void in the backfield, with Pierre Strong and Rhamondre Stevenson among the players who could be candidates to pick up added targets.
Aug 3, 2022 8:32 AM EST
White (hip) will open training camp on the Patriots' active/PUP list, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: White's placement on the list isn't much of a surprise, as he continues to bounce back from right hip surgery. The veteran change-of-pace back can return to practice at any time during training camp, but at this stage it isn't clear when White will be ready to work fully. In the meantime, returnee J.J. Taylor along with a pair of rookie draft choices, Pierre Strong (fourth round) and Kevin Harris (sixth round), are available to handle practice reps behind top early down-options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
Jul 21, 2022 2:12 PM EST
ESPN's Mike Reiss relays that White, who continues to bounce back from right hip surgery, was walking with what appeared to be an uncomfortable gait after a recent community appearance.
Analysis: The report adds that the running back is among the Patriots' players bouncing back from injuries scheduled to report to training camp next week. At that time, there should be added clarity with regard to how close White is to full strength, but it's likely he'll face initial limitations in practice. Assuming the 30-year-old avoids any setbacks, he'll look to reclaim his change-of-pace role in a New England backfield that also includes top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, as well as returnee J.J. Taylor and a pair of rookie draft choices in Pierre Strong (fourth round) and Kevin Harris (sixth round).
Jul 17, 2022 3:26 PM EST
White (hip) was limited during Wednesday's minicamp practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: White underwent season-ending hip surgery last season, so while the running back is limited, his presence at minicamp is still a positive sign. If the veteran is able to avoid any setbacks this summer, he'll likely reclaim his change-of-pace role for New England to start the 2022 campaign.
Jun 8, 2022 11:22 AM EST
White (hip) was a limited participant in the Patriots' OTAs, which started Monday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With White, who is bouncing back from season-ending hip surgery having previously noted that he still has a ways to go in his recovery, it's not surprising that he remains limited at this stage. That said, his presence for the team's OTAs, in any capacity, is a positive sign. In the absence of any setbacks this summer, While will look to reclaim his change-of-pace role in New England's backfield ahead of Week 1.
May 24, 2022 10:54 AM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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