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James White talks running back rotation on OMF: 'Guys are very unselfish and we are all friends'

Greg Levinsky
October 23, 2017 - 11:52 am

Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White. The Patriots have four running backs who all have the potential to make a sizable impact on any given game.

White joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to discuss the Patriots' win over Atlanta and the team’s running back corps. To listen to the full interview, visit OMF’s audio on demand page.

“We know that not one person’s going to be out there every single play, so you accept your role," White said of splitting snaps with three other backs. "Guys are very unselfish and we are all friends. We know how to make the most of our opportunities and that’s what is important.”

The Patriots amassed 162 rushing yards Sunday night, highlighted by Lewis’s 73 yards on 16 carries, while Gillislee and Burkhead accumulated 31 yards apeiece.

White hauled in a team-high five catches, which included a touchdown to increase the Patriots' lead to 17-0 with 21 seconds remaining before halftime. He finished with 28 yards through the air and 19 on the ground

“We really executed the run game. We just had to make some adjustments to how [Atlanta] has been,” White said.

One running back on the roster that most fans forget is Brandon Bolden. The longest tenured back on the roster, White outlined his importance to the team.

“He’s a guy that does the same things that we can do,” White said. “He can change the game at any moment.

“He knows this offense like the back of his hand and makes big plays on special teams. When he does get out there he knows what to do.”

As one of the main impact players from last year’s Super Bowl, White was the target of some jawing by the Falcons. He said it was to be expected.

“That’s how football is,” White said. “Guys are on edge and ready to play.”

Atlanta is not a team that gives up many big plays, so the Patriots planned to execute on long drives.

“We knew we had to string drives together and work the clock. We have guys that can do a lot of different things on offense, whatever Coach McDaniels draws up and we go out and execute it.”

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