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Running Back, New England Patriots

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Draft: 2011 Round 5 (18)
College: Pittsburgh
Ht: 5’8”  Wt: 195 DOB: 1990-09-27 Age: 24

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2011 PHI 14 0 23 102 4.4 1 1 1 -3 -3.0 0 15.9 1.1
2012 NE 6 0 13 69 5.3 1 2 2 24 12.0 0 15.3 2.6
2012 (Projected) NE     54 245 4.5 2   8 64 8.0 0 42.9  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
The Eagles 2011 5th round pick saw precious little playing time in his rookie year, running the ball 23 times for 102 yards and a score while catching just one pass. It was a little perplexing watching aging veteran Ronnie Brown continually run into the line and go down while the Eagles had a speedster like Lewis waiting in the wings but you’ll have to check with Andy Reid as to why he divvied up the playing time the way he did. This season, Lewis will enter training camp as the top backup to starter LeSean McCoy but his value as a handcuff is unknown. He will need to beat out a pair of rookies in Bryce Brown and Carlos Polk to win the role and be impressive enough that the team doesn’t bring in a veteran runner like they did last year. An off-season incident for pulling a fire alarm likely didn’t help Lewis’ case any. On other teams, Lewis’ size (5’8”, 195 pounds) might be an issue but not in Philadelphia where the running back position has been owned by a pair of smaller backs (McCoy and Brian Westbrook) for the last decade. Lewis’ fantasy value will be determined in training camp.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 LeGarrette Blount
RB2RB2 Jonas Gray
RB3RB3 James White
RB4RB4 Brandon Bolden
RB5RB5 Travaris Cadet
RB6RB6 Dion Lewis
RB7FB1 James Develin
Patriots Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
HC: James White can play all three downs     -- Mon Aug 3 8:10 pm --

Hoping to hold off challengers to replace Vereen
Pats HC Bill Belichick commented on a few players. On RB James White: "A guy who can really play on all three downs, quality guy, smart, team oriented." (Ben Volin on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: The Beantown-on-Beantown crime continues. Earlier in the day, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported Travaris Cadet was one of five players "building positive momentum" in the early part of training camp. Granted, it's questionable what a recommendation means from Belichick when it comes to his backs, but his mention of "three downs" is notable as White tries to hold off Cadet and Dion Lewis for Shane Vereen's old passing-down/third-down role. White is a worthwhile flier in the later rounds of PPR leagues.
James White "looked great" in spring     -- Mon Jun 22 5:35 pm --

"Looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen"
In the battle of third-down backs, James White looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen. He’s lined up in all the same places, and turned in some spectacular catches, particularly on wheel routes coming out of the backfield. He’s made a few drops, but all in all, looks great. It’s important to remember he also looked great last year at this time before falling off the map. Dion Lewis has earned praise on the field from Brady for his route-running. He’s also been a primary kick returner in drills. He has some giddy-up in his step. Travaris Cadet, another free agent who was the third down back in New Orleans, has had some good moments. (Boston Herald)

FF Today's Take: Last Thursday, Boston Globe beat writer Ben Volin speculated that Cadet had a “leg up” on the job, which should tell owners just about everything they need to know about believing everything they read in the offseason. White should be considered as a slight favorite simply because the Patriots drafted him last year with the intention of him becoming the heir apparent to Vereen, but he’ll need to carry his offseason performance into the preseason - something he was unable to do last year.
Dion Lewis in mix to replace Vereen     -- Thu Jun 4 12:00 am --

Figures to battle Cadet, White for pass-catching role
Random thought: In competition among pass-catching RBs, four-year veteran Dion Lewis should not be overlooked. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Lewis has been a bit of a journeyman (Eagles, Browns and Colts) thus far in his NFL career, usually getting injured about the time he looked to be on the verge of establishing a role. James White was drafted last year to eventually replace Shane Vereen and was the talk of the offseason before failing to impress in the preseason. Travaris Cadet is an explosive receiver out of the backfield, but recorded only 11 carries in three years in New Orleans. White should be the favorite, but he'll need to impress the Patriots in the preseason this time around.

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