Where some first-year players falter, others thrive. As a rookie, when Tom Brady gives you praise, you probably want to keep doing those things (per Jeff Howe, Boston Herald):
He’s got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of college. He’s made a lot of really great plays out here. We’re all trying to work to get better, and we’re all trying to make improvements. We can all do it.
The young players need to come out here and keep working hard, and he’s one of those guys who has been out here every day so he’s been able to do that. He’s been able to make a mistake, get the correction, come out again and not make the mistake the next day, so it’s been great.
James White just might be the guy to eat into the carries of a guy like Stevan Ridley. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, White is more than just a Shane Vereen backup:
White, the fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin, looks primed to play a significant role on offense. He’s been praised for his maturity and playmaking ability on first, second and third down. At 5-foot-10 and 206 pounds, he can sometimes be tough to locate behind big offensive linemen.
With Ridley and Vereen in contract years, look for White to be given a chance to show New England what it has in him.