Patriots RB James White, the fourth-round pick from Wisconsin, shouldn’t be overlooked at running back. White had a solid spring minicamp "season", and his combination of production as a rusher and receiver appears to be an ideal fit for a Patriots offense that values a diverse skill set. We’ll define “early impact” this way: White will play more than 20 percent of the offensive snaps this season.
White could eat into the snaps of Shane Vereen and/or Stevan Ridley. We feel Vereen is safe in PPR formats and Ridley will be the primary 'big back' as long as he holds onto the football, but that's no sure thing.