Running backs who can catch passes out of the backfield have become a hot commodity in today’s pass-happy NFL.
The New England Patriots lost their best receiver out of the backfield last season in Dion Lewis due to a torn ACL. Lewis is expected to begin practicing for the first time this week. When he returns he will giving the Patriots something the team didn’t have at their disposal last season — two legit pass catchers in the backfield.
Third-year running back James White has emerged as a legit receiving option. So much so that Pro Football ranks White as the best receiver out of the backfield in the NFL through Week 7.
The Patriots running back has hauled in 27 catches for 244 yards and three touchdowns this season.
White tops a list that includes Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, Kansas City RB Spencer Ware and Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman.
When Lewis comes back New England will have a crowded backfield and that’s a good problem to have for Bill Belichick.