Former Badgers With The Most At Stake During NFL Training Camp

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Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Roc Carmichael (21) in the second quarter during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

James White, RB, New England Patriots

After the New England Patriots lost Shane Vereen in free agency, opportunity appeared for second year player James White. White, a fourth round pick, had a very quiet rookie season, rarely ever taking the field. Now, with the departure of Vereen, White has a chance to earn many snaps as the primary pass catching back.

Last year, Vereen had 53 receptions for 472 yards in the 3rd down running back role. He became a big weapon and a huge part of the Patriots’ offense. Now White has an opportunity to replace him. But, he must have a strong training camp and pre-season.

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While White has a good chance at earning the job, he has an intriguing group of running backs competing with him. White’s biggest competitor is Travaris Cadet, a fourth-year pass catching back who was acquired in free agency. In 2013, Cadet had 38 receptions for 296 yards for the New Orleans Saints. His experience could potentially give him a leg up.

Former Philadelphia Eagle Dion Lewis is also in contention. He’s known for his speed and shiftiness, but hasn’t produced much in his three-year career.

White is going to need to display good route running skills and reliable hands. He’s also going to need show explosiveness. Vereen produced lots of big plays, and White will need to do the same in order to win the job.

So basically, he is going to need to do more of this.

If White wins the battle, we will be hearing a lot of his name on Sundays over the next few years. However, if he loses the battle, his roster spot may be in danger. So he certainly has a lot riding on his August performance.

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