James White to re-sign with the Patriots

Mark Daniels
The Providence Journal
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Patriots back James White had the most receptions in a Super Bowl, with 14, in February 2017 against Atlanta.

The Patriots entered the second week of free agency with many roster holes filled, but of the few remaining positions in need of an upgrade, running back was considered near the top of the list. More specifically, the Patriots were in need of a receiving back to compliment Damien Harris and Sony Michel.

On Wednesday, it appears that the Patriots are close to crossing that need off their list.

According to ESPN, James White is re-signing with the Patriots, agreeing to a one-year deal. This move keeps the Patriots longtime captain and running back in Foxboro, where he’s played his entire seven-year NFL career.

A fourth-round pick in 2014, White has turned into the best receiving back in Patriots history. He set franchise running back records with 87 receptions and 751 receiving yards in 2018. He also tied the franchise running back record with seven receiving touchdowns that season.

Last year, White dealt with tragedy as his father, Tyrone White, was killed in an automobile accident in September. His mother, Lisa White, was hospitalized during the crash but returned home last fall. White still appeared in 14 games with the Patriots. He finished with 49 receptions, 375 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also added 121 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

By retaining White, the Pats keep an important leader in Foxboro who will continue to be the Patriots' third-down back. He joins Harris, Michel, J.J. Taylor and Brandon Bolden on the running back depth chart. Rex Burkhead is also a free agent. 

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