Patriots running back James White had a 15-catch, zero-carry game

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Patriots running back James White helped demonstrate just how much offensive football is changing on Sunday.

In the Patriots’ win over the Chargers, White had 15 catches, tying an NFL postseason record. And he had zero carries.

The Patriots love throwing the ball to White, who also had a 14-catch game in the Super Bowl two years ago. The 26-year-old White already has 49 career postseason receptions.

White gained just 97 yards on those 15 catches on Sunday, an average of just 6.5 yards per catch. But in the Patriots’ offense, short passes to running backs often stand in for runs. White has more catches than runs in his NFL career (248 receptions and 207 rushing attempts), and is really more a receiving back than a running back, in an offense that is based in the passing game.

35 responses to “Patriots running back James White had a 15-catch, zero-carry game

  1. That was a shutdown statement victory. Amazing. Over by the 2nd quarter against the “vaunted” Phillip Rivers and Anthony Lynn aahahahahahha

  2. And Sony Michel, the other RB, carried the ball 24 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns (and 1 reception). Nice RB combo for change of pace.

  3. The Pats use White more as a receiver out of the backfield than they do as a runner so no surprises, and now with the emergence of S.Michel expect that to be more of the norm. However, BB can be unpredictable when it comes to RB’s. Next game he could give White 15 plus carries lol…

  4. It’s like year after year these teams have never seen tape of any big Patriots game. The RBs ALWAYS catch the majority of passes in big games. ALWAYS. How do you not game plan for that? How do you not gameplan to take away the first 10 yards from scrimmage since Brady can’t complete passes down the field?

    Gronk is a shell of himself. Edelman is the best WR on the team, but runs all short/intermediary routes. A Buddy Ryan defense would destroy this team.

  5. Helps the old man’s completion percentage by throwing 1 yard passes to White, and 3 yard passes to Edelman. He has done this for years but Chargers acted like they had never seen it before.

  6. I love how they use White! They basically line a WR up in the backfield and he often gets covered by a MLB. It’s crazy efficient.

  7. People scoff at Brady throwing short passes but knowing nothing about the sport they don’t understand that’s how you neutralize a pass rush. They’re called “hot reads”. 🙂

    If KC dares rush Brady then Michel and White will chew up the Chiefs as their defense is worse than the Chargers.

    Can’t wait! 🙂

  8. shutupbrees says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:56 am
    It’s like year after year these teams have never seen tape of any big Patriots game. The RBs ALWAYS catch the majority of passes in big games. ALWAYS. How do you not game plan for that? How do you not gameplan to take away the first 10 yards from scrimmage since Brady can’t complete passes down the field?

    Gronk is a shell of himself. Edelman is the best WR on the team, but runs all short/intermediary routes. A Buddy Ryan defense would destroy this team.

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    Buddy Ryan or Rex Ryan’s Ds were dumber than a bag of rocks.

    No, no they wouldn’t, because NE used smash mouth AND the quick passing game which would befuddle any defense.

  9. ncfloyd says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Helps the old man’s completion percentage by throwing 1 yard passes to White, and 3 yard passes to Edelman. He has done this for years but Chargers acted like they had never seen it before

    Edelman 9 catches 151 yards. None of them were “3 yards passes”

    White it makes sense. The chargers play a cover 3 underneath is always going to be wide open.

  10. The Patriots a few years ago weren’t constructed to go into KC and beat a team like the Chiefs.

    This team is. We’ll see if that translates to a win. I think they have a great shot! 🙂

  11. ncfloyd says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Helps the old man’s completion percentage by throwing 1 yard passes to White, and 3 yard passes to Edelman. He has done this for years but Chargers acted like they had never seen it before

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    Brady calmly takes what the defense gives him. Why can’t your team’s QB do that?

  12. The 15 catches also ties the all-time NFL record (with Sproles) for a single postseason game. All positions. 3rd place is White again (14, SB, v Falcons), 4th is Demaryius Thomas (13, SB).

  13. I know from classmates at UWisconsin that White is a really intelligent guy. Had to play 2nd fiddle to Gordon during his career there. I hope a particular team in NFC Central was watching how they use him.

  14. milkcan44 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:36 am
    I know from classmates at UWisconsin that White is a really intelligent guy. Had to play 2nd fiddle to Gordon during his career there. I hope a particular team in NFC Central was watching how they use him.

    4 2 Rate This

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    he is a better pro than gordon

    said this for 3 years now

  15. floyd says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Helps the old man’s completion percentage by throwing 1 yard passes to White, and 3 yard passes to Edelman. He has done this for years but Chargers acted like they had never seen it before.

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    Brady only cares about winning.

  16. ncfloyd says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Helps the old man’s completion percentage by throwing 1 yard passes to White, and 3 yard passes to Edelman. He has done this for years but Chargers acted like they had never seen it before.

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    That’s called smart football. Take what you can get and take shots downfield when the opportunity is there.

  17. shutupbrees says:

    Gronk is a shell of himself. Edelman is the best WR on the team, but runs all short/intermediary routes. A Buddy Ryan defense would destroy this team.
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    It’s obvious you weren’t paying attention yesterday. Gronk was targeted only once and caught that 25-yard pass where he showed (again) how hard he is to take down in the open field, but his blocking was devastating and Romo mentioned it at least 3x on the broadcast. “It’s like having an extra Tackle out there”. He was pancaking people. Did you ever think that was maybe part of their offensive plan? He’s as healthy as he’s been all season. They always plan the game on match-up’s and you never know what you are going to get each game. Next week Brady could split him wide and target him 10x.

  18. Bill is a genius coach. Yesterday looked like they are head and shoulders above everybody else. All other teams are just taking up oxygen.

  19. I remember when they drafted James White. He was “the other running back” at Wisconsin. I thought to myself why would they draft the second fiddle? Well apparently he makes beautiful music. The perfect complement to their Orchestra. Seems like a good guy, hard worker, intelligent, typical Patriot.

  20. I might add that Brady and White may have The same chip on their shoulder. Both having to share time at their positions in college. That may be part of Brady’s fondness for White, in addition to his clutch performances.

  21. ncfloyd says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Helps the old man’s completion percentage by throwing 1 yard passes to White, and 3 yard passes to Edelman. He has done this for years but Chargers acted like they had never seen it before.


    One and three yard passes? No, They never did see that before. Nor did anyone else. It’s a myth that makes some folks feel better when dink and dunk appears on the screen. Here’s a thought, watch games before commenting.

  22. This is nothing new – Kevin Faulk, Corey Dillon, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, just to name a few. it’s been a staple of the Belichick era in NE with respect to running backs.

  23. shutupbrees says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Buddy Ryan defense would destroy this team.
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    Sure, sure it would. And Bosa and Ingram were going to destroy Brady yesterday – I heard it all week leading up to the game.

  24. carloswlassiter says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    shutupbrees says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Buddy Ryan defense would destroy this team.
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    Sure, sure it would. And Bosa and Ingram were going to destroy Brady yesterday – I heard it all week leading up to the game.

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    Did Bosa and Ingram play?

  25. Why do people think the Chiefs defense stopped the Colts rushing attack? They gave up 6 yards per rush. That’s not stopping them.

    Pats have a great shot at a 200+ rush day if they stick with it.

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