|Offense||7th||129.1 (10th)||255.4 (8th)|
|Defense||22nd||134.1 (25th)||239.0 (18th)|
|4||130||James C. White||RB||WISC|
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It's another indication Gronk is on track to be ready for the season opener.
If you weren't already convinced by assistant coaches, onlookers and analysts that
"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Belichick was quoted as saying by ESPN while on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game."
White is fighting to get some playing time alongside passing downs running back Shane Vereen and rushing downs running back Stevan Ridley. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season.
It is worth noting that Belichick typically doesn't trust rookie running backs. In fact, not once in Belichick's 19 years as a head coach has a rookie led his team in rushing. The closest came in 2006 when Laurence Maroney totaled 745 rush yards on 175 carries and 194 yards on 22 catches with seven total touchdowns -- second to Corey Dillon.
Dobson didn't even start running until July. He's been doing conditioning work on the side at practice, "but his change-of-direction work hasn't been showcased much out in the open," the paper said.
The Patriots' medical staff wants to make sure Dobson can "handle the rigors of the job" before allowing him to practice, the report said.
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