James White
James White
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Patriots offense figures to undergo a degree of turmoil following the departure of Tom Brady, but White might be the player least affected by the change at quarterback. While it's certainly true that White earned the trust of the future Hall of Famer over the years - averaging about 68.8 catches for 594 yards on 94 targets the last four seasons - the Josh McDaniels scheme that produced such high volume remains the same. Whether he's on the other end of tosses from late-June acquisition Cam Newton or the unproven Jarrett Stidham, White figures to be a consistent part of the passing game. Meanwhile, Sony Michel or possibly Damien Harris figure to handle the bulk of the early down work, with Rex Burkhead also in the mix. In any case, if the Patriots want to move the ball through the air via their backfield, White remains their best option. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2021.
Stays with Patriots
RBNew England Patriots
March 24, 2021
White agreed Wednesday with the Patriots on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
White will be returning to New England for an eighth season in 2021 after reaching unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career. Since being drafted in the fourth round in 2014, 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 touchdowns to go along with 49 catches on 62 targets for 375 yards and a receiving score in 14 games. While those numbers were down a bit from recent years, 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.
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How do James White's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
11.4%
 
Positive Run %
88.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
61.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
5.7%
 
Touches Per Game
6.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
25.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.3%
 
% Team Targets
14.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
79.0%
 
Drop Rate
1.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.3
 
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26927%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do James White's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
205 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.05 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
114 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
8.25 in
 
Arm Length
29.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After spending the last few years as a pass-catching option in the Patriots' backfield committee, White thrived in 2018 with a much larger role both on the ground and through the air, nearly doubling his career rushing yards while getting a career-high 123 targets, second among running backs. His work in the red zone was a big driver of the increased production --- 23 targets inside the 20-yard line ranked second to Alvin Kamara among running backs, while 44 total touches ranked seventh, leading to 12 touchdowns after he had scored only 14 in his four prior NFL seasons. White doesn't run with much power and won't break many tackles outright, but the elusiveness and balance he showed in the open field as a receiver also served him well in the trenches. The question is whether his 2018 numbers are the new normal or represented a one-time ceiling. Sony Michel should continue to handle the bulk of work on early downs, and New England added to its backfield stable by drafting the versatile Damien Harris in the third round. White will remain Tom Brady's primary receiving option out of the backfield, but even last year's 181 touches will be hard to repeat.
While White's numbers last year were similar to his 2016 performance, his efficiency actually took a step backward as his yards per catch was his lowest since he first took on a major role in the New England backfield. His role also diminished as the season progressed. He caught at least seven passes in three of the first five games, but no more than four in a game after a Week 9 bye. White doesn't stand out as a ballcarrier, but his smooth routes and soft hands have made him a dependable option for Tom Brady the last three years. The front office continues to keep the pantry fully stocked in the backfield - Dion Lewis is gone, but in his place are Jeremy Hill and first-round pick Sony Michel, the latter of whom represents the biggest threat to White's snaps. If Michel eventually proves himself as a three-down option, White's target volume can't help but decline.
The 2014 fourth-round pick finally began to gain the confidence of Tom Brady and the Patriots' coaching staff last year, after barely seeing the field as a rookie and getting minimal snaps on offense in 2015. Even before his huge performance in the Super Bowl, the result was career-high numbers nearly across the board, as well as third-place finishes in both receptions and receiving yards among all NFL running backs. Even Dion Lewis' return in Week 11 didn't slow him down, as White caught at least three passes in every regular-season game after Lewis was back in the lineup. At 5-10, 205, White is perhaps a touch too small to be a reliable early down option, and he lacks the speed or power to make a consistent impact on the ground. However, his sure hands and sharp route-running have endeared him to Brady, and he has the elusiveness and balance to pick up extra yards after the catch. The competition for touches will be cutthroat between Lewis, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and White, but the latter may well be the most consistent week-to-week performer of the bunch, given his apparently secure role on passing downs.
Following the season-ending knee injury to surprising 2015 success story Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route to hauling in 40 passes for 410 yard and four TDs, to go along with 22 carries for 56 yards and two rushing TDs in 14 games. With Lewis' recovery from his torn ACL stalled in advance of the coming season, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 should be key as long as Lewis is out. With that in mind, look for White to pick up some added carries out of the gate this season, but look for the team's power backs, notably LeGarrette Blount, to see most of the team's early-down work. Still, in the New England offense, the team's primary pass-catching back tends to see a decent amount of targets, a situation that vaults White to immediate relevance in PPR formats.
With the Patriots having parted ways with Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley since last season, there are some opportunities in the team’s 2015 backfield. While LeGarrette Blount (who will miss Week 1 due to a suspension) and Jonas Gray are the team’s primary power backs, White is a candidate to help fill the pass-catching void created by the departure of Vereen. As a rookie, the 2014 fourth-rounder out of Wisconsin suited up for just three regular season games, recording nine carries for 38 yards and catching five passes for 23 yards. Keep in mind that as a rookie in 2011, Vereen carried just 15 times for 57 yards and did not catch a pass, so it’s far to early to write White off despite his quiet first pro season. He’ll contend with the likes of Travaris Cadet, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Dion Lewis for third-down/change-of-pace work, but a strong training camp/preseason could put White in a position to see a major increase in snaps this season, a scenario that could provide him with PPR utility.
An impressive and multitalented back out of Wisconsin, the compact White lacks ideal size and speed for an NFL starter, but is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield. He rushed for more than six yards per carry in his junior and senior seasons, totaling 25 touchdowns in that span, which was enough for the Pats to spend a fourth-round pick to acquire his services. However, White's fantasy utility this year will hinge on the health of third-down back Shane Vereen and the ball security of Stevan Ridley. He's not well suited to a three-down role, but Bill Belichick can surely find a use for White as a change-of-pace back.
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Likely staying in New England
RBFree Agent
March 24, 2021
White is expected to re-sign with New England, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Catches 49 passes in 2020
RBNew England Patriots
January 5, 2021
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.
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Garners seven touches
RBNew England Patriots
December 28, 2020
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.
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Breaks 50 receiving yards
RBNew England Patriots
December 20, 2020
White collected three yards over a pair of carries, adding four receptions for 52 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.
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Suits up Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
December 20, 2020
White (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
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