NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The addition of James White to the stable of running backs in New England says a lot about the future of Stevan Ridley. Ridley has fumbled eight times over the last two years and is in the last year of his rookie deal. He—or perhaps Shane Vereern—may not be back in 2015.
White only fumbled twice during his 700+ carries in Wisconsin and was a decisive cutter that rarely was stopped in the backfield. He isn’t a breakaway back—he has 4.5 speed—but is tough to tackle 1-on-1. You won’t see White leave many yards on the table.
At 5’9″ and 204 pounds, White isn’t much of a pile-pusher. He doesn’t have a lot of natural leverage with short arms and small hands, so he may struggle a bit in pass protection. That said, he impressed scouts—including our own Mike Loyko—at the 2014 Senior Bowl with that very skill.
James White had himself a pretty good day, especially in pass protection. He caught my eye a few times with the way he was able to pick up blitzing linebackers and move his feet on their counter moves. White weighed in at a bulked up 205 pounds and up close he’s much thicker than I had envisioned. His lower-half especially is bulked up and ripped up.
White has also seen a bit of time returning kickoffs, so he may be able to contribute there as well.