RB James White - New England Patriots
|5-9, 204||Born: 2-3-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 4|
Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. LeGarrette Blount has rushed for eight touchdowns in his last seven post-season games. He has scored six times in his last seven games this season, including the Divisional and Conference Championship games. He regained the lead position in the Patriots' running back stable during the Conference Championship game, handling 16/47/1 rushing while Dion Lewis had 6/11/0 rushing (with two targets for 2/8/0 receiving) and James White handled just 1/0/0 rushing (with four targets for 3/8/0 receiving). Two games ago, in the Divisional round vs. Houston, Lewis led the team with 13/41/1 rushing and seven targets for 2/23/1 receiving while Blount had just 8/31/0 rushing - but Blount had been ill prior to the Houston game and missed two practices. We'll see a blend of Blount, Lewis and White during the Super Bowl, but expect Blount and Lewis to handle the bulk of the work. Atlanta limited the Seahawks' lead running back, Thomas Rawls, to 11/34/0 rushing in the Divisional round of the playoffs, while Russell Wilson managed 6/49/0 rushing to lead the team - all told, the Seahawks posted 21/101/0 rushing at Atlanta in the Divisional round. The Falcons followed up by holding the Packers to 17/99/0 rushing during the Conference Championships (the Packers were down 0-24 at Atlanta by half-time and had to go pass-heavy in the second half). So far they average 100 rushing yards allowed per game during the post-season, down slightly from their season average of 104.5 rushing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL, with 15 rushing scores given out during 16 games). From Week 15-17 (last three games of regular season), they averaged 18.3 fantasy points allowed per game (15th-most in the NFL). The Falcons aren't pushovers in this phase of the game, but they aren't shutting down the opposition, either. This is a neutral matchup for Blount and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
The running game took a backseat to Tom Brady and the passing game against the Steelers. However, White did see increased snaps compared to the week prior as a result, but didn't do much with the opportunities, as the major lifting was done by Edelman and Hogan.
2016 Week 19 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 1 rec)
White barely played any snaps, but he did score a touchdown on one of them. White ran a wheel stutter route against a linebacker, and simply outclassed his defender, catching a nice lob pass from Tom Brady for a score. Other than that, he was quiet, as Dion Lewis stole the show.
2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (1 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)
As usual, White did his damage in the passing game, scoring a touchdown on a deep lob that saw him split zone coverage. White also dropped another deep pass earlier in the game that would have made his stat line a whole lot beefier, but luckily, it wasn't critical for this particular game.
2016 Week 15 vs DEN (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 8 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Though he shared snaps with Dion Lewis and Blount, White still played his primary role in the passing game. Tom Brady actually missed him on a couple easy throws, or his day would have looked a lot better on the stat sheet.
2016 Week 14 vs BAL (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 81 / 0 rec)
James White's biggest play was on a short pass that he rocketed for 61 yards on. White may have had a touchdown, but there were defenders nipping at his heels for much of the play, and he was taken down before he had the chance. Beyond that, he wasn't involved a ton, as receivers saw the bulk of the targets on the day in the passing game.
2016 Week 13 vs LA (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Rotating with Dion Lewis, White's role was once again as a bit player and in a receiving capacity.
2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 9 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
With Dion Lewis back, James White did lose snaps. However, he made a critical 4th and 4 conversion late in the game to extend the Patriots' game winning drive.
2016 Week 11 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis returned to the lineup for Patriots this week against San Francisco. White still had his defined role as a space back, optimizing his six touches. White broke a tackle on a red zone screen pass, churning into the end zone. White's longest gain did come on the final play of the first half - a give up play with one second on the clock and out of field goal range. Notably, White and Lewis were used in the backfield at the same time on a handful of snaps, creating matchup problems for the defense. Look for White to be a more boom-bust weekly play with Dion Lewis back and the Patriots mixing and matching based on the weekly game plan.
2016 Week 10 vs SEA (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Though Dion Lewis was inactive, White had a fairly minor role in the passing game with Bennett and Edelman sopping up most of the work. His role will dwindle as Lewis starts to play again.
2016 Week 8 vs BUF (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Similar to last week, White's role was a bit diminished as Tom Brady spread the ball around liberally. White will be up and down, and the return of Dion Lewis looms.
2016 Week 7 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 32 / 1 rec)
Contrary to last week, White wasn't involved at all in the running game, but did score a touchdown in the passing game on a nifty screen pass with several changes of direction and good cuts overall. Besides that, though, White wasn't heavily involved as he was in prior weeks, as the passing game was not the focal point of the Patriots attack.
2016 Week 6 vs CIN (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 47 / 2 rec)
James White was a top receiver on the day, seeing double digit targets and catching two touchdowns to cap it off. Surprisingly, White carried it 7 times, though his carries were generally ineffective. On both receiving touchdowns, he was in 1 on 1 coverage with a linebacker, and used a quick out route to beat his defender on both plays for a score. His longest play of the day was actually his 15 yard touchdown, as the rest were fairly short dumpoffs for the most part. White will continue to be involved in the passing game as the season goes on.
2016 Week 5 vs CLE (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
White's usage spiked a bit with Tom Brady back in the fold, as the Patriots went to more shotgun and passing formations. As a result, White had 9 touches on the day, including a nifty 36 yard screen gainer. His role continues to be the same as it was last year after Dion Lewis went down.
2016 Week 4 vs BUF (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
White picked up most of his yards in 'garbage time' as it were, and wasn't heavily involved in the game plan with the entire offense struggling. He will maintain his 3rd down RB role with Tom Brady back, and could see some decent weeks in the future.
2016 Week 3 vs HOU (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
With LeGarrette Blount doing the heavy lifting, White's number wasn't called much. As a result, he had a miniscule day, as his role continues to be sporadic in the dialed back offense.
2016 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
James White wasn't involved much. In the first half, Jimmy G was ripping off chunk gains repeatedly to more intermediate receivers. In the second half, the Patriots rode LeGarrette Blount's back as they were in clock killing mode with their 3rd string quarterback. He may not be heavily involved the next two weeks save for scripted screen plays and the like.
2016 Week 1 vs ARI (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
James White operated as a pure receiving back as per usual. His best catch was a short conversion on 3rd down that saw him make a great catch in traffic with a defender draped all over him. Other than that, it was a workmanlike day, and he will likely be featured in the same capacity for much of the season.
Latest NewsPatriots | More on James White terms (Fri Apr 21, 09:48 AM) - Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year extension is worth $12.69 million with $5.69 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus. link to story Patriots | James White contract update (Wed Apr 19, 03:46 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year contract extension is worth as much as $15 million, according to a source. The deal includes $4.69 million in guaranteed money. link to story Patriots | James White agrees to extension (Tue Apr 18, 07:11 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White agreed to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, April 18, according to a source. He is now signed through 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed. Our View: The Patriots are making moves at running back. Earlier on Tuesday, the Pats offered a contract to Bills RFA Mike Gillislee. They added Rex Burkhead in free agency earlier this year too. White, a favorite of QB Tom Brady, should continue as a change-of-pace back for the Pats.
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