FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When running back Dion Lewis was sidelined for the New England Patriots' 30-23 victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 25, James White stepped in as his replacement. White played a career-high 43 snaps in the game.
So when considering how the Patriots move forward with word that Lewis' season is over because of a torn left ACL, start with White.
Bill Belichick has spoken quite a bit about White this season, citing his work ethic and intelligence, while noting that a good offseason and training camp put him in position to be a contributor in the 2015 regular season. Belichick has pointed out White's ability to make yards on his own and make defenders miss in space, pass-catching skills and willingness in blitz pickup.
Here are five things to know about the 5-foot-10, 205-pound White:
1. He played at Wisconsin, appearing in 52 games (12 starts) and finished his collegiate career as the school's No. 4 all-time rusher with 4,015 yards and No. 3 all-time in rushing touchdowns (45). In 2013, he combined with Melvin Gordon (1,609) to set the FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates (3,053).
2. His prowess as a pass-catcher was reflected in him setting the Wisconsin record for receiving yards by a running back, with 670 for his career.
3. As a rookie with the Patriots in 2014, he only appeared in three regular-season games as he was behind Shane Vereen on the depth chart. He has been active for six games this season, playing 70 total snaps. For a comparison, Lewis had played 297 total snaps prior to his injury.
4. He is related to former NFL receivers Santana Moss and Sinorice Moss.
5. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where he was teammates with Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, Jaguars offensive lineman Brandon Linder, Buccaneers safety Major Wright, and Rams defensive backs Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson.
For more on White, here is his "football journey" feature from 2014.