Patriots put James White on reserve/retired, sign Jalen Wydermyer

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Running back James White announced his retirement a week ago and the Patriots formally removed him from the active roster on Thursday.

The NFL’s daily transaction report shows that White has been placed on the reserve/retired list. The move allows the team to hold onto White’s contract rights in the event he wants to come back, but there’s been no sign that’s a possibility.

New England filled the open roster spot by signing tight end Jalen Wydermyer.

Wydermyer was undrafted out of Texas A&M this year and he signed with the Bills in May. He played six offensive snaps and nine special teams snaps in their first preseason game, but got waived the next day.

8 responses to “Patriots put James White on reserve/retired, sign Jalen Wydermyer

  1. James was a hero for the Pats in SB 51, as well as an extremely reliable player during his entire career. It’s a major loss for the Patriots, but far more important is taking time to heal that hip – we’ll hope for the best there.

    James, best of luck in whatever your new path is. Perhaps as a coach some day?

  2. This is not a good sign. Between this and the crap with play calling…I’m expecting a rough year for us Pats fans.

  3. In terms of running back contributions he was close to matthew slaters impact. The guy held that spot down with a clamp for years.

  4. Jalen Wydermyer is a very good athlete with a lot of potential. He could develope into a very good player in the future. He is the 2nd player that the Bills have cut who already signed with another team. How deep is the Bills roster this year ? They will probably have 8-10 players that they cut who will be other rosters by opening day. Like last year their practice squad will also be poached. Great job by Beane and his staff putting together a great roster. Hopefully he can trade a few players before final cuts and get some additional picks for next year’s draft.

  5. Any NFL fan who dismisses James White as “only known by the Pats fan base” is hoisting their own ignorance on a petard.

    White, like many Patriots with super bowl rings, was a team first player who played his best at critical moments of big games. He moved the chains on 3rd and 4th down and did so when the defense knew the ball was coming to him. Despite being primarily a guy who caught the ball out of the backfield, he ran well enough with the rock to make play action effective.

    Pitch to White, touchdown. Win. OT win. Super Bowl win. Biggest Super Bowl comeback. James White doesn’t care that you don’t know who he is.

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