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Bill Belichick: James White can be a three-down back

The New England Patriots are looking to expand their offense and drafted running back James White out of Wisconsin in the fourth round. White joins a crowded backfield that already includes Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen.

Despite the crowded backfield, White is still impressing and catching the eye of head coach Bill Belichick.

“It’s been good working with James White. He’s a very interesting and versatile player,” Belichick told Sirius XM NFL Radio this month, per ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss.

“He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game — both inside and outside. Blitz pickup — we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he’s working hard at it. We’ll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game.”

If Belichick really sees him as a three-down back, then that could spell bad news for the other backs like Ridley and Vereen.

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