Patriots' James White Running With First Team

While the Patriots’ boast one of the most dynamic offenses in the National Football League, it seems as if quarterback Tom Brady will serve out his four-game suspension as imposed by Commissioner Rodger Goodell. This is turn, means that second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will take the reins for the first four games of the season. In that stretch, New England will be up against...
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James White a top sleeper candidate?

Everyone is trying to figure who will be the top sleeper candidate of the 2015 fantasy football season. For me, it’s Allen Robinson. The second-year man with the Jacksonville Jaguars is poised to breakout and crack 1,000 receiving yards. Robinson has the skillset to do this, we just have to hope his quarterback, Blake Bortles, can make his second-year jump. But there are...
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James White playing his way into the Shane Vereen role

During training camp, jobs are to be won, and jobs are lost. Guys who were once fringe roster guys, second-year players can win major roles on a roster. These battles occur all over the NFL every training camp and preseason. For the New England Patriots, one of those guys battling for a role is James White. When looking at the Patriots running back depth chart, after LeGarrette...
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Episode 76: Before they were cool

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The skill player who will save the New England Patriots offense

Usually when a team loses its two leaders in rushing attempts from the previous season, there is some serious cause for concern. Even more concern comes when that same team doesn’t even draft one running back. AROUND COVER32 Fantasy Football 2015: The top-75 wide receivers for 2015 Power Rankings: Rating NFL team nicknames from 1-32 Top 10 in 2015: The NFL’s best outside linebackers...
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Who will start week one for the New England Patriots at running back?

Forget about quarterback Tom Brady and his availability going into the season for a moment. Let’s turn our attention to the running game which, given the uncertainty of Brady’s availability, is going to be crucial in the first few weeks of the season. With New England Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount suspended for the season opening game of 2015 for his arrest last August...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Patriots Most Important Training Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Miles Montgomery evaluated New England Patriots’ running backs LeGarrette...
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Five Breakout Players for the Patriots in 2015

The Patriots are notorious for getting an impact from unlikely sources. 2015 will be no different as the Patriots will have to look for unlikely names to breakout and make an impact for the Patriots to successfully defend their Super Bowl title. Who will be the next Tom Brady or Julian Edelmen?1. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB. Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

After strong offseason, RB Dion Lewis ready to challenge for third-down back role

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis is in competition with Travaris Cadet and James White, Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney for the team's third-down back role. The former 2011 fifth-round pick, Lewis has the skill set fill the scatback role last done by Danny Woodhead. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Cadet seems to be the front-runner but the battle will be determined...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

RB Dion Lewis moves to the front of the line for 'Vereen role'

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis has moved to the front of the line for the third-down back role or also known as the 'Vereen role.' Lewis is competing against Travaris Cadet, James White, Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney. A 2011 fifth-round pick by the Eagles, Lewis has the skill set to man the position; however, injuries have been his downfall since entering the...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots have work out cut out for them revamping running back corps

The New England Patriots let running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley walk via free agency and now have some question marks going forward. Who is going to the the lead back? How about the third down back? Bruisers LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray are competing for early downs while 2014 fourth-round pick James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney, Travaris Cadet and Dion...
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June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh McDaniels: Patriots ‘Have A Good Situation’ At Third-Down Back

FOXBORO, Mass. — Even the New England Patriots aren’t quite sure who will take over Shane Vereen’s third-down running back duties. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels admitted as much Thursday after OTAs. McDaniels sounds confident that someone will emerge and be able to take on the role that has become so important in the Patriots’ offense. The position has been passed...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots OTA Observations: New Linebacker, Kicker Spotted At Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots sported a couple new faces on the practice field Thursday. A new linebacker and kicker were spotted during organized team activities Thursday. The Patriots haven’t announced who was signed yet, but the team currently has two free spots on their roster after releasing cornerback Eric Patterson and reportedly cutting tight end Tim Wright...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Position Preview: Running Back

With Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley both having departed in the offseason, Blount is now the number one back in New England. He will serve a one game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy last year while he was with the Steelers. Blount is the best running back currently on the Patriots roster and once he serves his one game suspension, expect to see him take...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyler Gaffney’s Versatility Could Help Patriots In Passing And Running Game

The New England Patriots’ lack of urgency in finding a dependable replacement for Shane Vereen could be explained by two running backs who took a backseat in 2014. Most know about James White, the 2014 fourth-round draft pick who suited up for just three games and touched the ball 14 times last season, but the Patriots also have former Stanford Cardinal bell cow Tyler Gaffney...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriot Priorities For 2015: Wide Receivers

It may not have been Tom Brady's best statistical season on record, but it certainly ranked as one of his most efficient, especially when capped-off with an MVP performance in Super Bowl XLIX.There is no doubt that Brady can still throw with the best of the QBs in the NFL. Even without a truly dominant No.1 wide out, he got the job done, managing to throw for 4,109 yards and 33 TDs...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Six Points About The Eagles Signing DeMarco Murry *and* Ryan Matthews

Ride, TakenPart of the presumed goal last week (you remember last week, right? We were all so much younger then) was that the Philadelphia Eagles were not going to spend so much money at running back, which has become the most fungible position in the NFL. Instead, they were going to become more like the ever-imitated New England Patriots, who would do stunt work like picking up...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Shane Vereen Expected To Sign With Giants When Free Agency Begins

One of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl heroes reportedly won’t return next season. Free-agent running back Shane Vereen is expected to sign with the New York Giants, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Free agency officially begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. Yahoo! Sports’ Rand Getlin reported that the Patriots will have the opportunity to match the Giants’ offer. Vereen...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriot Priorities For 2015: Running Backs

It may not be a foregone conclusion, but the injury to Stevan Ridley may have huge ramifications for the New England Patriots going forward into 2015 and beyond. It is highly likely that Ridley has seen his last days as a Patriot, given his fumble history and major injury in a contract year.The Patriots may let him walk away, giving LeGarrette Blount, and rookies Jonas Gray and James...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Grade A Day | New England Patriots

With the NFL season winding down it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success a staand which ones are hoping for better in year two. POINTS SCALE Round 1: 0-5Round 2: 0-4Round 3: 0-3Round 4: 0-2Round 5: 0-1Round 6 & 7:  Same system as undrafted. Points only awarded if player...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ 2015 Running Back Outlook: Shane Vereen Set To Earn Big Pay Day

Editor’s note: NESN.com will go position by position to break down the Patriots’ depth chart heading into the 2015 offseason. Next up: the running backs. The New England Patriots are very fortunate that LeGarrette Blount decided to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The story is well told by now: Blount walked off the field prematurely during the Steelers’ Week 11 win, Pittsburgh...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Fundamentals Should Be Stressed for Imbalanced Patriots' Offense, Coaching Staff

"The second most fundamental principle in offensive football is to force the opposing defense to defend the entire field, which came into play with the advent of the forward pass.  Many believe that it takes a speedy wide receiver who can take the top off of the defense to force this issue, but the one true way that one can achieve this goal is through balance......another...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Report: Jonas Gray, Alfonzo Dennard Ruled Out Vs. Bills

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rookie running back James White could have a chance to shine Sunday. Running back Jonas Gray (ankle) already has been ruled out for the New England Patriots’ regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills. Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard also was ruled out on Friday’s injury report because of a hamstring injury suffered in practice...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Report: James White Among Weekly Award Winners

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots had perfect practice attendance as they prepare for their regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills. Practice-squad defensive back Daxton Swanson was the lone player listed on the roster who was missing from Tuesday’s session, but defensive end Cam Henderson took his place on the scout team. The Patriots wore shells and sweats in...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: 3 Keys to Victory against Chicago Bears

  The New England Patriots escaped the New York Jets late comeback attempt last week on Thursday Night Football to improve to a 5-2 record, but there are big holes that remain on the Patriots team. The Patriots will play in the confides of Gillette Stadium for two more weeks before a bye week and then beginning a tough road stretch in November against top playoff contenders. Here...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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