James White still has “a little while to go” before being cleared to return

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Patriots running back James White played only three games last season before going on injured reserve and later requiring hip surgery. He turned 30 in February, but the Patriots re-signed him to a two-year, $5 million deal nonetheless.

White continues to rehab.

He will not participate in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts this month as he continues to work his way back, White said this weekend.

“I still have a little while to go [after] a pretty rough injury,” White said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.

The Patriots drafted South Dakota State running back Pierre Strong in the fourth round and South Carolina running back Kevin Harris in the sixth round. They also have third-year running back J.J. Taylor behind Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.

So, White is not a lock to make the roster.

In 14 games in 2020, White had 49 receptions for 375 yards with a touchdown along with 121 yards rushing on 35 carries with two scores.

Since the Patriots selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, he has totaled 381 receptions for 3,278 yards with 25 touchdowns, plus 319 carries for 1,278 yards with 11 scores.

8 responses to “James White still has “a little while to go” before being cleared to return

  1. Love James White but I’m very nervous about his ability to rebound to the player he was after such a bad injury….. my guess is that IF he makes the team he’ll be IR the 1st 6 weeks…..Ok with that with a 17 game season as long as he can fully recover….
    Not yet sold on JJ Taylor…. Hope I’m wrong but I don’t see him on 53 man roster

  2. To be productive, he needs his QB to be able to throw a fraction of a second quicker.

    Unfortunately, in this world, only Brady is able to do it.

  3. All the best to James White.
    It would be great to see him back on the field for the Pats, but he has already forged his legacy as a Patriot great.
    Classy, grinder, team-oriented player with zero drama.
    White reminds me a lot of another of my favs, Kevin Faulk.
    Get well, James.

  4. White signed a team friendly prove it deal that the Pats can get out of if he can’t make it back from a bad injury. JJ Taylor is ok,but he gets destroyed by blitzers because he’s so small. They may hope Pierre Strong is next in a long line of outstanding 3rd down backs.

  5. People gasped at the Patriots taking two rbs in the draft but as other’s have said, if White makes the team he prolly sits on ir for half the season and JJ Taylor is still unproven at this point. Add to that tidbit and Harris might be gone next season.

  6. james white is a legend in Foxborough best 3rd down back since the great Kevin faulk.

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