White will receive a $250,000 bonus to make up for a contract incentive he narrowly missed in 2018, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Coming off the best campaign of his career, White looks like a major bargain for the Patriots heading into the second season of a three-year, $12 million contract. The team will give him the bonus as a show of goodwill, perhaps hoping to ease the negotiation process if there's discussion of an extension next offseason. Backfield mate Sony Michel may be ready for more receiving work in his second NFL season, but there's little question White will continue to serve as the top running back for clear passing situations.
White carried twice for four yards and caught one of his four targets for five yards in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. The game flow that ran through the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history did not favor an abundance of touches for White, who caught a staggering 15 passes against the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Looking ahead, the 27-year-old is slated to remain a key cog in the Patriots offense, with the 2014 fourth-rounder under contract with New England through the 2020 campaign. White thus is set to reprise his change-of-pace role with the team in 2019, an assignment that yielded 94 carries for 425 yards and five TDs on the ground and a PPR-friendly 87 catches on 123 targets for 751 yards and seven receiving scores in 16 games this past season.
White carried six times for 23 yards and hauled in four of his six targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs. Meanwhile, Sony Michel logged 29 carries and Rex Burkhead ran 12 times, but as usual White -- who caught a staggering 15 passes against the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs -- remained involved in New England's passing game Sunday. That doesn't figure to change when the Patriots take on the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
White didn't receive a single carry in Sunday's 41-28 divisional- round win over the Chargers, but he caught an NFL postseason record-tying 15 passes on 17 targets for 97 yards. White tied a record held by a fellow receiving specialist out of the backfield -- Darren Sproles, who also caught 15 passes in a playoff game as a member of the Saints back in the 2011 postseason. Like many of his teammates, White's no stranger to postseason success, and he's likely to make fantasy owners happy once again when the Patriots travel to Kansas City for the AFC championship game. His high volume through the air in a game which the Patriots led throughout is encouraging for White's chances of significantly contributing regardless of game flow.
White rushed eight times for 41 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches for 13 yards on four targets in Sunday's 24-12 win over Buffalo. White made it 14-0 with a 27-yard rushing score in the second quarter, but New England's best receiving back didn't get to show off that skill much with the Patriots playing from ahead the whole time. He ranked third on the team in carries behind Sony Michel (18) and Rex Burkhead (13), so don't blindly count on White for more production against the Jets in Week 17 assuming a similar game flow.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New York Jets||18||17.75|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
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|3 Year Avg||59||254||2||68||577||5||124|