Report: Patriots give James White three-year extension

Report: Patriots give James White three-year extension

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have agreed to a three-year extension with running back James White. 

White, 25, has has spent three seasons with the Patriots, with his role increasing in the 2016 season as Dion Lewis recovered from a knee procedure. The Wisconsin product had 39 carries for 166 yards and 60 catches for 551 yards in the regular season, but it was his Super Bowl LI performance that saw White become a household name. 

He played a key role in New England’s come-from-behind victory over the Falcons, rushing for 29 yards and two touchdowns -- including the game-winner in overtime -- and hauling in 14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. 

White's signing adds to a busy day for the Patriots and running backs, as they signed Bills restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet worth $6.4 million on Tuesday. 

Matthew Slater still gets nervous watching replays of Super Bowl LI

Matthew Slater still gets nervous watching replays of Super Bowl LI

Tom E. Curran talks with Mathew Slater about what he has been up to since the Super Bowl, and Slater says he watches Super Bowl and is still nervous like he doesn’t know the outcome.

Ryan dealing head on with Falcons' Super Bowl collapse vs. Patriots

Ryan dealing head on with Falcons' Super Bowl collapse vs. Patriots

Most people avoid reliving painful experiences. But not Matt Ryan.

The Falcons' quarterback, and ex-Boston College star, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he's watched the film of his team's devastating Super Bowl to the Patriots several times.

"I watched it a day after. I watched it two days after and I watched it three days after," he said. "For me, it was one of those things where you kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately.

"Maybe, that's different for everybody. Some people bury it away. Some people [do] whatever . . . For me it was, ‘All right, let's watch. Does it feel the same way it felt as we were going through it?' "

Some quick thoughts from Ryan:

-- Like most everybody, he thought the Falcons had the game won when Julio Jones made his spectacular catch down the left sideline in the fourth quarter: "I was fired up at that point. I thought that was going to be a play that was going to change the outcome of that game . . . At the time, I thought it was a huge play."

-- He won't second-guess the play-calling of coach Dan Quinn or offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who, with Atlanta deep in New England territory and the clock winding down after Jones' catch, called for pass plays instead of runs that would have eaten up time and set up a field-goal attempt that, in all probability, would have clinched the victory for the Falcons: "You have to believe in what you are doing. That’s kind of the way we were all year. That’s not going to change. I love that approach. I love that they have confidence in me and that they have confidence in the guys that we have, and we are going to let it rip. Obviously, it didn't work out."

-- Even though no Super Bowl loser has returned to the championship game since the 1993 Bills, Ryan believes the Falcons will be back: "I think everybody is going to be really hungry to get back there. Because, the one thing that I'm proud of, we have a young team, and we were ready to play. We played well. We were right in the mix. We fell a little bit short, but we should have every bit of confidence that we are going to be right back there next year getting a different outcome because we're going to be more experienced."