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edave
10-16-2012, 09:34 AM
Do you Bills fans have any thoughts about Johnny White?

I'm particularly interested in any abilities he's flashed on special teams, where Saine has been playing pretty well and the Packers are likely to try him out first.

ScottDCP
10-16-2012, 11:18 AM
He is a capable backup. Unlikely to be a difference-maker in the run game, he will however give tremendous effort and may surprise with some yards after contact. You can see that in anyone who has had to compete with Fred Jackson in the last five years, actually.

On kicking teams he is good not great. He doesn't tend to block in the back, which is nice, and he covers OK but won't be confused with Steve Tasker anytime soon.

Shorter version: Better than a third RB, not as good as the best second RBs, and a solid but unspectacular player in the kicking game.

edave
10-16-2012, 01:33 PM
Thanks Scott. He sounds like a solid pickup for special teams with some upside.

ScottDCP
10-16-2012, 01:41 PM
The upside depends largely on who was there before him. If the RB he replaces couldn't cover, then yes. If he couldn't break a tackle, then yes.

What White doesn't or hasn't had a chance to do well is play in the pass game. In Buffalo,, that has been the world of Jackson and Spiller, so no real opportunity against regular season defense.

ScottDCP
10-16-2012, 01:48 PM
And White is not a speed merchant by any stretch.

edave
10-16-2012, 10:08 PM
And White is not a speed merchant by any stretch.

Neither was Brandon Saine but he was a quick film study and had a number of ST responsibilities.

Apparently his leaving the game caused the shuffle that led to the blocked punt by Houston (Crabtree wound up in the left guard spot after the shift and blew it badly).