James White’s future with the New England Patriots has raised so many questions in the last few months. The veteran running back didn’t join his teammates in training camp and the Patriots added him to the physically unable to perform list. Bill Belichick is not someone who’d only rely on Plan A. As you all know, Belichick has another plan. A good backup plan. According to several analysts, a Patriots rookie RB could be the right replacement for White who is still treating his hip injury. Recent injury updates make us believe that White won’t see much action early in the 2022 NFL season.
It’s interesting to note that Belichick did draft a couple of running backs in the 2022 NFL Draft. Pierre Strong Jr. joined the team in the fourth round and Kevin Harris is a sixth-rounder. Strong’s college head coach, John Stiegelmeler from South Dakota State, the talented running pack could be an excellent fit for the Patriots RB unit.
Patriots rookie RB to compete for his spot
Stiegelmeier had nothing but words of praise for the Patriots rookie. He believes that Strong is a “phenomenal” pass-catcher. The RB could be a huge factor in the passing game and this will probably secure him a good spot on Belichick’s roster.
Here’s the catch. Belichick don’t really use rookie running backs. Rhamondre Stevenson saw action last season and this will definitely affect Strong’s role on the football field. If White doesn’t show up in training camp, Strong will jump in as a replacement.
Ty Montgomery could be an option too. He can do both RB and WR and Belichick appreciates versatile players. He and White are both 30 and they can’t be long-term solutions for the team. Maybe the Patriots will part ways with Montgomery.
Harris deals with injuries and Belichick used Stevenson as a replacement. Let’s see if he considers using another running back. Use a rookie? Why not? The Patriots will do whatever it takes to change the gameplan and win a title. They haven’t won a title since the 2018 NFL season and Robert Kraft is really impatient.