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James White on D&K: 'I don’t really pay attention to [Jalen Ramsey trash talk]'

Erin Walsh
September 10, 2018 - 11:24 am

Patriots running back James White joined Dale & Keefe Monday morning following their 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon to discuss the win, but also to look ahead to Week 2.

The Pats will face off against Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars next week, and as many know, Ramsey is known for his trash talk, including most recently directed at Rob Gronkowski. 

“For me, I don’t really pay attention to it," White said. "I just smile back at people and that’s about it. I’ve got to conserve my energy, but he’s a good football player. I mean, he’s not the only person in the league that talks trash, but he’s a good football player and hey, that’s his game.”

White was named a captain for the first time in his career this season, which means a lot to the versatile running back.

“It’s definitely an honor," he said. "I’ve seen a lot of guys come through and get that honor and just to get that respect from your teammates, it definitely means something. So for me, I just want to do whatever I can to do my part in leadership. I may not be the most vocal person but I’m just trying to lead by example and if guys have questions on or off the field I want to be available for them and at the same time I got to put my best foot forward each and every time I step into this building, on the practice field, and on game day as well.”

While the Patriots put up 27 points, White agreed with Tom Brady that the offense could have been better.

“We put up 27 points but obviously it wasn’t our best performance," he said. "So, we had some opportunities get away from us and we turned the ball over as well. We definitely have some things to correct because we play another tough defense this week. So, we can’t play like that again or we won’t be successful."

With the Patriots missing Julian Edelman for four games due his suspension, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be forced to utilize the running backs more, which he did Sunday.

“Coach McDaniels does a great job, as you know, trying to find matchups and find ways to get us running backs on the field together and just try to create explosive plays," White said. "So myself, Rex [Burkhead], Jeremy [Hill] when he was in there, Sony [Michel] can do it. He puts us in a lot of different positions so we just have to go out and practice and show that we can do it and make plays in practice and he’ll call it in the game. We called them a lot yesterday and I’m sure it’ll continue to grow and I just want to continue to try and make plays out of that."

White had four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown to go along with 18 yards on five carries in the win.

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