Why retired New England Patriots RB James White believes of their new-look offense – New England Patriots Weblog
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Fast-hit ideas and notes across the New England Patriots and NFL:
1. White’s evaluation: Retired Patriots working again James White is contemplating going into sports activities media in his post-playing profession, and he’s already exploring his choices.
“It feels pure. I am used to speaking in entrance of individuals, and I feel that may be the smoothest transition for me,” he mentioned. “Doing a job the place soccer continues to be part of it could be actually cool, as a result of the sport has been part of my life for 25 years.”
White was a visitor analyst for a part of the Patriots’ preseason recreation towards the Panthers on Friday night time, which he mentioned was an “superior” expertise. As for his evaluation on the present Patriots staff, White shared his ideas with ESPN.com.
On the hot-button matter of assistants Matt Patricia and Joe Choose main the offense regardless of their lack of expertise, White would not see it holding the staff again.
“I’ve excessive confidence in it as a result of numerous coaches, particularly right here, they’ve coached on the defensive aspect, the offensive aspect, they coach completely different positions. I feel that is the attractive factor about teaching right here — you are going to be taught the sport from all completely different angles,” he mentioned.
“And Matt Patricia and Joe Choose, they’ve seen numerous soccer from completely different vantage factors. I feel it is going to all work out. They’re studying. It is a studying curve for everybody.”
White does discover adjustments within the Patriots’ method (e.g. no extra fullback), though he expects the completed product to principally look just like followers.
“Any time you may have a brand new offensive coordinator coming in, you are going to have some issues which can be the identical, some issues which can be completely different. It’s a must to see what works,” he mentioned.
“I nonetheless suppose week to week, they may have a special method based mostly on the groups they’re taking part in. I feel these guys do an amazing job designing performs and placing gamers within the place to succeed.”
White acknowledged the change from Josh McDaniels to Patricia and Choose continues to be vital and mentioned he sees the Patriots going via a course of during which gamers and coaches are working to realize extra consolation with one another. “That is what the preseason is for — to get these kinks out,” he mentioned.
Of the Patriots’ offensive personnel, which he known as gifted throughout the board, White mentioned he views the receiving corps as extraordinarily underrated.
2. Las Vegas warmth: The Patriots will spend this week in Las Vegas. They’re scheduled to fly there Sunday, apply as a staff Monday, after which maintain joint practices with the Raiders on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier than the preseason finale Friday. The forecast requires highs of 103, 105 and 102 to begin the week, which might assist because the staff appears forward to its regular-season opener at Miami.
3. Wristbands for QBs: Patriots quarterbacks have been carrying wristbands that embody playcalls throughout practices and preseason video games, which is new and displays the numerous degree of change with the offensive system. So when Patricia or Choose name in a play by its quantity, the quarterbacks then have a look at the wristband for that quantity after which relay the play within the huddle. That is a part of what led to a communication breakdown within the preseason opener when Brian Hoyer burned a timeout.
4. Third-down again: One factor that caught White’s consideration within the Friday preseason recreation was how the Patriots did not have a particular participant fill his “passing again” function. The staff left Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson and Ty Montgomery on the sphere on third down on every of the drives they have been on the sphere, which could possibly be a preview of what is to come back within the common season. “I feel that is cool, these guys entering into the circulate of the sport, and getting used to staying out for all three downs,” he mentioned. “I feel these guys are all extraordinarily gifted and may play on all three downs.”
5. Whites in Massachusetts: James and Diana White plan to make Massachusetts their everlasting residence following James’ retirement from soccer. They’d thought of Chicago, however staying near medical doctors who’ve helped with their son, Xzavier, with meals allergy symptoms was one issue that led them to stay round. “It is a particular place for us. We have now numerous recollections and have been capable of meet and join with numerous nice individuals right here,” James White mentioned.
6. Mills’ motto: When the Patriots’ protection huddles up earlier than a apply, security Adrian Phillips mentioned beginning cornerback Jalen Mills often has the identical message to the unit: “Championship protection. Championship mindset.” Mills mentioned it is his means of relaying the mentality he believes the Patriots ought to have, and he is backed up his phrases by placing collectively a robust coaching camp. To Phillips, it is a reflection of Mills’ confidence and want “to take the following step and be the man” by filling the void left by J.C. Jackson‘s free agent departure.
7. McCourty’s perception: Patriots captain Devin McCourty‘s perception on rookie cornerbacks Jack Jones (fourth spherical, Arizona State) and Marcus Jones (third spherical, Houston) sparks promise for the staff that each can turn into key items of the secondary. McCourty mentioned Jack Jones’ “soccer instincts” stand out to him, whereas noting he has “nice toes.” McCourty additionally relayed that Marcus Jones sits subsequent to him in conferences, and his thirst to be taught reveals up in how he is already showing in a number of roles, equivalent to slot cornerback and an inside safety-type function. “We have now a extremely good rookie group,” McCourty mentioned.
8. Schooler-Ebner connection: When former Patriots core special-teamer Nate Ebner (2012-2019) visited apply final week, gamers took notice that rookie Brenden Schooler (Texas) made positive to personally introduce himself. Schooler’s particular groups prowess has helped him emerge as a number one candidate to increase the Patriots’ 18-season streak of undrafted free brokers making the preliminary 53-man roster, and gamers see a little bit of Ebner in his play.
9. Thornton damage affect. Patriots rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton was knocked out of Friday night time’s recreation with a shoulder/collarbone damage, and is anticipated to be sidelined via a minimum of the primary month of the common season. So the doubtless state of affairs appears to be that he will probably be on the preliminary 53-man roster earlier than being moved to short-term IR. That would open the door for Lil’Jordan Humphrey, the staff’s main receiver within the preseason (11-133-1), to stay on the roster.
10. Do you know? The Patriots have 4 gamers with the final title Jones, with quarterback Mac Jones, and cornerbacks Jonathan Jones, Jack Jones and Marcus Jones. It’s the second time in staff historical past that the Patriots have had 4 gamers with the identical final title; in 2000 it was defenders Ted Johnson, Olrick Johnson, Garrett Johnson and punter Lee Johnson.