James White off to impressive start at Pats camp
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady has been impressed by rookie running
back James White.
"He's done a great job since he got here," the New England quarterback
said of White, the Patriots' fourth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin.
"He's got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of
college. He's made a lot of really great plays out here."
White was thought of as being a third down back in New England passing
However a few weeks ago, coach Bill Belichick called the rookie "a very
interesting and versatile player" and hinted at more than just one down
White had 45 touchdowns and 4,015 yards at Wisconsin.
"I knew when we drafted him everyone really liked him — that's why he's
here, because everyone thinks that he can contribute to the team and he
can make a big impact on the team," Brady said.
"He's done that. He's definitely been someone who's come out every day
and he makes really impressive plays for a young player. ... The more
of those guys we have the better we're going to be collectively.
"That's what training camp really gives everybody an opportunity to do,
because you get the chance and you want to try to go out and show
people what you're capable of. You want go out and surprise people
that. ... They didn't think you were capable of something and end up
showing that you can do it. That's where you gain the trust of your
coaches and your teammates."
White is looking to improve and get ready for the regular season.
"I'm just trying to come out here trying to compete and trying to get
better every day," he says. "I'm just trying to embrace the roles that
the coaches put in front of me. Whatever situation or whatever play
they put me in on, I'm going to try and execute."
And he's confident, saying, "You gotta be confident or you're not going
to be able to get it done. You have to be confident in your abilities."
Training camp visitor Kevin Faulk, the former Patriot who had a
successful career as a third down running back, also likes what he's
seen and heard.
"From my understanding, he's a very mature kid, a very smart guy," he
said. "That always works in your favor."
White joins a running backs group that includes Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden. LeGarrette Blount moved to Pittsburgh as a
One of the highlights on Thursday was White taking a big hit from
cornerback Darrelle Revis.
"It's a part of it," White said. "It's football. It's a physical game.
You just gotta get up and bounce back and get to the next play."
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