New England Patriots

By Ty Anderson,

After a lifeless showing from his offense in a 26-10 defeat Sunday night in Detroit, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seemingly called out his offense for not having the right — or deserving, at the very least — personnel on the field.

“[White] had a great catch, and had some good runs there at the end,” Brady said. “He’s just a great player for us. You’re right. He’s gotta be involved.

“Guys who can make plays are the ones that should be involved. And James is certainly one of them.”

Brady’s comments came a night that saw complete just 14 of his 26 passes for a measly 133 yards and one touchdown (thrown to White, no less).

But with the Patriots seemingly trying their hardest to get rookie running back Sony Michel, who missed the entire preseason and first week of the regular season due to a knee injury, going as the club’s No. 1 backfield option.

On the field for 23 of New England’s 48 offensive plays in Detroit, Michel rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries, and caught one of his three targets for a yard backwards. Michel’s most notable miss certainly came on a crucial third-and-one that saw stuffed at the line of scrimmage by the Lions’ Ricky Jean Francois.

White, meanwhile, had four carries for 37 yards (largely in garbage time), and caught all three of his targets from Brady for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Speaking in a Monday conference call with the assembled media, though, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels did not have any regrets about White’s usage compared to Michel and the rest of the Patriot backfield.

“I have confidence in all our backs,” McDaniels said during the call. “You know, we’ve had a lot of guys go in there and do good things. James certainly obviously plays a big role every week. He did some good things last night, but Sony ran hard. Again, we’re never going to go into a game plan and try to focus on just one guy being the guy that’s in there the entire time. We try to utilize the guys we have and put them in positions to do things that they can do well.”

White currently leads all Patriots offensive weapons with 14 receivers through three games, and ranks second in receiving yards, with 125.

Ty Anderson is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.