"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Patriots HC Bill Belichick told Sirius XM NFL Radio this month, per ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
"He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game."
The takeaway here is that White is seen as a weapon who can stay on the field for more than just passing downs.
At this point, we view White as the logical handcuff for Shane Vereen, though it sounds as if Belichick believes that White could take over for Vereen (and for Stevan Ridley), if necessary. Both Vereen and RIdley are free agents next season.