When people think of catching footballs, sometimes they just think about the wide receivers and tight ends who get the job done. When it comes to the Patriots though, you can't just look at that--because James White is having one heck of a season.
White is having the kind of year that would make some elite wide receivers jealous. Through eight games, he had amassed 55 receptions and according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, that was the third-most for a running back in NFL history at this point. Remember, this league is like 100 years old. It's very impressive.
Oh yeah, and he currently ranks seventh in the league in receptions among all players. Yes. He has more catches than some big, big stars like Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams, Jarvis Landry, Tim Tebow--and even Tom Brady. Crazy.
Should this surprise anyone? Honestly, yes. It is better than one could expect from someone at this position. But......you should have known he was capable of having a big game every now and then. Remember that time the Patriots won the Super Bowl? Oh yeah, I forgot they do that a lot, but the time they made the huge comeback against the Falcons. The 28-3 game. That was a great game for White that should tell you just how good he is at the sport of football.
Across the league, it is far to say he is an underrated player. After all, he is on pace for over 900 receiving yards plus an additional 400-plus yards on the ground.
It's like he's a wide receiver disguised as a running back. Whatever works though, that's what matters--and what he is doing seems to be working.
With him producing alongside Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, this team's air game seems to be in good shape for now.