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James White on D&K addresses offensive performance vs. Steelers, decreased playing time of late

Ryan Hannable
December 17, 2018 - 1:40 pm

The Patriots' offensive struggles continued away from home on Sunday in their 17-10 loss to the Steelers.

It has averaged just 16.6 points per game on the road this year and has scored just 10 points in three of the five losses.

After the game, Julian Edelman said the offense let the defense down and Monday on Dale & Keefe, running back James White agreed.

“Definitely. We have to be better as an offense," he said. "Got to score when we’re in the red zone and just have to help our defense out more, scoring touchdowns as many times as we can when we touch the football. I agree with [Julian Edelman] that we let them down and we didn’t play that well yesterday.”

Specific to White, he finished the game with 37 total yards on seven touches.

It has appeared since Rex Burkhead's return, White's playing time has been reduced with Burkhead, White and Sony Michel all getting fairly equal reps. Against the Steelers, White played 25 snaps, Michel 23 and Burkhead 16.

White's production has correlated to wins and losses. In wins, he averages 13 touches and 91.8 total yards, but in losses he averages 7.4 touches and 45.2 total yards. Also, the Patriots are 0-4 when White receives seven or fewer touches.

“Everybody wants to be out there as much as possible, and with our offense it is a gameplan offense, so we know you’re not going to be out there each and every play every week," he said. "So everybody has to accept their role and when you’re out there you have to make the most of your opportunities. That is all I can really say about that.”

White still has confidence the team can pull together and eventually win on the road if it needs to in the playoffs.

“We have everything we need in this locker room — competitive guys, tough guys," he said. "Like I said, we just have to find a way to get better, whether it is home or away. We have to play tough, physical, be smart, be dependable for four quarters whether it is here in Foxboro or wherever we play.”

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