If Stevan Ridley can hold on to the ball, the Patriots have a nice one-two punch in their backfield with him and Shane Vereen . However, the Pats may turn their running game it a three-punch combo.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston posted a "Bold Predictions" column on Saturday. One of those predictions centered on fourth-round rookie running back James White. Reiss said that White will make an "early impact" to the tune of playing more than 20 percent of the snaps this season.
"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," Reiss wrote.
White is much more Vereen than Ridley. He won't be a workhorse -- he split carries at the University of Wisconsin with Montee Ball before 2013. He's not a big back, but he has good hands, good speed, and knows how to block well. He will make his presence felt most as a receiver out of the backfield, but he'll probably need Vereen to get injured to have real fantasy value.
However, White is a name to remember in dynasty leagues because Ridley and Vereen will be free agents after this season.