Keeping an eye on the undersized Patriots rookies

Keeping an eye on the undersized Patriots rookies
May 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- It started with Tony Gaiter. Then it moved on to Bam Childress.

Over the years, waterbugs -- small, quick guys -- WHO I love to watch have come and gone through New England. This year I got a bumper crop to observe.

Undrafted free agent Roy Finch from Oklahoma, seventh-round slot receiver Jeremy Gallon from Michigan and fourth-round pick James White, a running back from Wisconsin go 5-foot-7, 5-7, 5-9.

Finch’s role with the Sooners was reduced to cameos as his career wore on. No real explanation was given for why he didn’t play, but Finch was compared to Quentin Griffin, another former Sooner waterbug who was an electric player. Take a look at some Finch highlights. It’s spin-move central.

As for Gallon, he’s built similarly to Wes Welker and plays like him as well. Welker has shorter, choppier strides that make him a heartbeat quicker, but Gallon has a little more breakaway speed.

As for White, he’s not as fast as Shane Vereen but is a smaller back who does a nice job receiving and getting his shoulders square to the line and accelerating.

The other running back added this week was undrafted Stephen Houston, who has little in common with White and will try to carve a niche as a power back.