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James White on crowded backfield: Just make the most of your opportunities

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James White scored the winning touchdown, his third of the game, in Super Bowl LI and then signed a contract extension with the Patriots in April, but neither of those developments signal that he’ll be the lead back in New England this season.

White is joined in the backfield by Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead and the Patriots have long been a team that mixes and matches their running backs to the opponent on a weekly basis. White isn’t bothered by the prospect of that arrangement leaving him on the outside looking in at points.

“For me, ever since college and Little League, I’ve always had other guys in the backfield so just make the most of your opportunities,” White said, via CSNNE.com. “Everybody’s going to have a role. You may play one play one game. You may play 60 plays one game. Just be ready for the moment when your number’s called.”

White was ready for that moment in Houston in February and will have a Super Bowl ring to show off for the rest of his life as a result. That’s a pretty good reminder for him and all the other Patriots backs to stay ready this season.

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23 Responses to “James White on crowded backfield: Just make the most of your opportunities”
  1. bobthebillsfan says: May 31, 2017 4:51 PM

    He could have easily been MVP of the last SuperBowl, except Brady was on fire the second half.

  2. tylawspick6 says: May 31, 2017 5:02 PM

    Thanks for everything, Bill Belichick.

  3. ibillwt says: May 31, 2017 5:26 PM

    I never knew how good he was until we really needed him in the clutch with Blount kvetching over his fumble and Lewis marginally effective.

    Belichick knew exactly what he had. When reporters speculated midseason about getting Lewis back (me too), Belichick said “well I mean, James White is pretty good in that role”.

    Given the confidence of such a huge big-stage performance, maybe 2017 will be a breakout season even with all the other talent available.

  4. tb12x4 says: May 31, 2017 5:32 PM

    side point how clutch were brady and white in that game…..yikes !!!!!! brady ended with every single record on this planet…….so sweet!!!!! so clutch

  5. dudermcrbohan says: May 31, 2017 5:55 PM

    they used White in the SB the same way they used Vereen in SB49 to take down the Seadderall PEDhawks.

    Same guy running the defense for both bird teams.

  6. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: May 31, 2017 5:59 PM

    As good as White was in the super bowl. Let’s not forget this could have been Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Blount, etc.

    James White had more touchdowns and yards in the Super Bowl, than he did ALL of the 2016 season.

  7. fanfrommontreal says: May 31, 2017 6:13 PM

    White will be fine, so will be the Patriots.

  8. tylawspick6 says: May 31, 2017 6:19 PM

    belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    May 31, 2017 5:59 PM
    As good as White was in the super bowl. Let’s not forget this could have been Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Blount, etc.

    James White had more touchdowns and yards in the Super Bowl, than he did ALL of the 2016 season.

    ——-

    stats are for losers (and millennials interested in video
    games and fantasy)

    – bill belichick

  9. weepingjebus says: May 31, 2017 6:24 PM

    “Toss to White. He’s … in! Patriots win the Super Bowl!”

    My ringtone.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 31, 2017 6:48 PM

    More like White and the defense bailed out Brady after he dropped a stinker in the first half of the SB. That game should not have been close given that the Patriots were the better team. Better defense, better special, and about the same on offense.

  11. bills9951 says: May 31, 2017 6:52 PM

    Gillislee was a product of the bills OL. The backfield won’t be was crowded come week 1. Bad signig by belichik and a great move by the bills For adding a much needed 5th.

    Bills 2017 AFC East Champs 10-6

  12. ikeclanton says: May 31, 2017 7:23 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 31, 2017 6:48 PM
    More like White and the defense bailed out Brady after he dropped a stinker in the first half of the SB. That game should not have been close given that the Patriots were the better team. Better defense, better special, and about the same on offense.

    ——-

    Unfortunately for you, the Falcons, and your half-baked agenda and argument–the game is 60 minutes long. You may have noticed this as a mantra that coaches constantly harp on in locker rooms around the nation.

    The better team won, and the best player in the league showed just why he’s still the best player in the league. It’s not really in dispute.

  13. nhpats says: May 31, 2017 7:50 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 31, 2017 6:48 PM
    More like White and the defense bailed out Brady after he dropped a stinker in the first half of the SB. That game should not have been close given that the Patriots were the better team. Better defense, better special, and about the same on offense.

    ————-

    Brady threw for 450 yards in a SB……yeah…he sucked!!

  14. quincyjwagstaff says: May 31, 2017 8:10 PM

    Gillislee was a product of the bills OL. The backfield won’t be was crowded come week 1. Bad signig by belichik and a great move by the bills For adding a much needed 5th.

    Bills 2017 AFC East Champs 10-6
    ——————–
    Gillislee had a better yard per carry rate than McCoy.

    And Bill Belichick can probably watch film and distinguish between runs that were the result of good work by the line and runs where the yards gained should be attributed. What do you think, Belichick doesn’t know whether or not the Bills have a good line?

  15. kissbillsrings says: May 31, 2017 8:24 PM

    Couldn’t agree with White any more…. Study, prepare & do your best when the opportunity presents itself….
    Man what a stacked TEAM!!!

  16. mdsteved says: May 31, 2017 8:28 PM

    White had 5 TDs and 700+ total yards in 2016, I wish he topped that in the SB

  17. walker1191 says: May 31, 2017 8:57 PM

    bills9951 says:
    May 31, 2017 6:52 PM

    Gillislee was a product of the bills OL.
    ————————————————————-
    What do you say we give it a few actual games to see how he does behind the Patriots line?

  18. pointtwopsiistheissue says: May 31, 2017 11:02 PM

    White has$12 million reasons to think there is a role for him! Including $3 million sign on bonus over 3 years.

  19. daddeeo says: Jun 1, 2017 9:33 AM

    This team is looking so strong for 2017.

  20. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 1, 2017 12:37 PM

    Hold onto those deflated balls.

  21. bullcharger says: Jun 1, 2017 1:46 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 31, 2017 6:48 PM
    More like White and the defense bailed out Brady after he dropped a stinker in the first half of the SB. That game should not have been close given that the Patriots were the better team. Better defense, better special, and about the same on offense.

    ————

    Brady moved the ball pretty well all game. Just didn’t get the results in the first half. Blount fumble was a killer and obviously the pick 6. That pick 6 could definitely be considered dropping a stinker. However, in the second half Brady played great. Nobody bailed him out. He was dialed in.

  22. kissbillsrings says: Jun 1, 2017 2:26 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:37 PM
    Hold onto those deflated balls.
    _________________________
    Sure will…..as long as you hold on to those deflated dreams of competing against the Patriots…..

  23. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 2, 2017 2:20 PM

    kissbillsrings says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:26 PM
    Sure will…..as long as you hold on to those deflated dreams of competing against the Patriots…..
    —————————–
    Won’t be so easy this year since you won’t be playing an easy schedule this year.

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