|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.
|Cadet has a "leg up" on third-down competition? -- Thu Jun 18 8:50 pm --|
Battling with James White to replace Shane Vereen
|For (Boston Globe beat writer) Ben Volin, what Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is most looking out for is the back that steps up to replace Shane Vereen, now a member of the New York Giants.
“Vereen did a lot for this offense; not only catching the ball. ... Vereen knew all the pass protections and all the audibles. There’s a lot [mentally] that goes into that role. Right now it looks like a battle between Travaris Cadet and James White, and I think Cadet probably has the leg up,” Volin said. (CBS Boston)|
FF Today's Take: Less than two weeks ago, the Boston Herald suggested White was "in the driver's seat" for Vereen's old role, so take both reports with a grain of salt; this competition will be decided in training camp and the preseason. Volin cited experience and explosiveness as two of the main reasons why he felt Cadet was the favorite and hinted that the complexity of the New England offense is what essentially forced White into a redshirt year in 2014. The winner - if there is going to be one - will be a decent flex option in PPR leagues.
|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.