Following the season-ending knee injury to Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route to hauling in 40 passes for 410 yard and four TDs, to go along with 22 carries for 56 yards and two rushing TDs in 14 games. With Lewis on track to return from his torn ACL, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 has yet to be clarified, especially given that LeGarrette Blount (hip) is slated to become a free agent and the team is likely to make some personnel changes at the running back position this offseason.
James White was on the field for 42 of the New England Patriots ' 59 offensive snaps in Saturday's 27-20 playoff win over the Chiefs, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
With the Patriots' going with a pass-first approach in the contest, White topped the team's backfield in snaps, though he only ended up with one carry for five yards and two catches (on three targets) for 39 yards in the process. Meanwhile, the team's top power back, Steven Jackson, saw 17 snaps, carrying six times for 16 yards. While White's carries figure to be limited again next weekend, there's a solid chance that he'll see more targets in the team's passing offense next Sunday against either the Steelers or Broncos.
Meanwhile, Steven Jackson was on the field for 24 snaps, while Brandon Bolden was out there for 17 snap and also saw work on special teams. Heading into the playoffs, we'd expect Jackson to see a good chunk of the team's early-down work, while White is on track to remain the team's primary pass-catching back in a Patriots offense that figures to be more aggressive in terms of throwing the ball once the team resumes action following a first-round bye.
White's role as the Patriots' top pass-catching back figures to remain stable in the coming weeks, with his production and in turn, fantasy utility, game-plan and game-flow dependent. Meanwhile, "big backs" Brandon Bolden and Steven Jackson are on hand to handle the bulk of the team's early-down work, which ensures that White is of more interest in PPR leagues than standard scoring formats.
James White caught seven of eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Titans. He also rushed once for six yards.
The New England Patriots split the backfield snaps fairly evenly between White (23), Brandon Bolden (29) and Joey Iosefa (19), according to ESPN.com, with the latter actually leading the team in rushing with 51 yards on 14 carries. White continues to be the clear passing-down back, and he could be heavily used in Week 16 against the Jets, who are allowing the fewest rushing yards per game and have allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns this season.
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