White on former high school teammate Dorsett: He works extremely hard


White on former high school teammate Dorsett: He works extremely hard

Back in 2008. James White and Phillip Dorsett were high school teammates at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As of yesterday afternoon, the duo had been reunited, with the Patriots dealing with the Indianapolis Colts for Dorsett.

“He’s a good dude,” said White as he stopped for a brief chat in the Pats locker room this morning.” He works extremely hard, he’s extremely fast - as you guys probably know. Hey, we’ll wait and see what happens when we get out on the practice field.”

Back almost a decade ago, no one would have expected White to outshine Dorsett as pros. In fact, a couple of years ago, that was also just as unlikely. White didn’t play at all his rookie year, while Dorsett was selected in the first round by the Colts. Now about those projections…White is a Super Bowl hero armed with a new contract. Dorsett is forced to adjust on the fly and carve out a niche here in New England. It’s certainly possible. 

“He's a pretty talented player,” Bill Belichick told us Sunday morning. “He was a first-round draft pick. We'll see. We'll start working with him today and see how it goes.”

St. Thomas Aquinas has a terrific track record. The school has been churning out NFL payers at a higher rate than any high school in the country. They had 9 players on opening day rosters at the start of last year, including 2016 3rd overall pick, Joey Bosa. 

“We had quite a few guys, a lot of guys that have the opportunity to play in this league right now,” said White. “I think a lot of guys on that team were good people, work hard and have had a lot of success.”

The Patriots are hoping the success they’ve had with White translates in a similar manner to Dorsett.

Steelers lock up AFC North with 39-38 win over Ravens


Steelers lock up AFC North with 39-38 win over Ravens

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier - and wrapped up the AFC North in the process.

Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh's defense overcame a sloppy night to stop one Baltimore's last-gasp drive in the Steelers' 39-38 victory Sunday night.

The Steelers (11-2) trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but capped an emotionally trying week following Shazier's spinal injury to rally for their eighth straight victory and third division title in four years.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to top 500 yards passing three times. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards, including two long gains in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to recover after blowing an early 14-point lead. Le'Veon Bell had 125 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception but was strip-sacked by rookie linebacker T.J. Watt on the Ravens' final snap.

Alex Collins ran for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens (7-6).