While Bolden has struggled early in training camp, rookie James White has taken advantage of his repetitions. Like Bolden, White can contribute as a receiver, runner and specials team player. However, Vereen might be a better comparison at this point in his career.
Oliver Thomas from NEPatriotsdraft.com talks about the mismatches that White creates:
Having those elements already within his comfort zone may very well get White on one of New England’s special teams units, either as a kick returner or perhaps a punt returner, early on. Those elements, though, may also carry over on offense.
They did when White filed into 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
Under those settings, No. 28 caught more than a handful of passes from quarterbacks Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo. He found space as a target out of the backfield and beyond, excelling in his matchups against linebackers.
With Bolden, Vereen and Ridley all in their contract years, the New England Patriots' coaching staff will likely want to get an extended look at what it has in White.
White will only cost the Patriots $600,000 next year, while Vereen and Ridley would certainly cost four or five times that. That is one matchup that Vereen and Ridley can't win.