By all accounts, Wednesday’s joint practice with the Packers has been way better than Tuesday’s was for the Patriots. The offense was clicking, the team was playing physically and we got a lot of standout performances. But it’s not all good.
As we often see at these joint practices, a bit of a skirmish broke out today. Rookie Keion White was at the center of it, sending a Packers player’s helmet flying. You can find a quick clip of the incident below.
Karma caught up with White immediately afterward, and he’s now also dealing with an ankle injury.
This injury doesn’t seem to be a huge deal considering White didn’t need to be carted off and was walking again afterward, but any preseason injuries bring some concern.
White is looking like a total beast for the Patriots defense in his rookie training camp, and the pain of losing him for any time would be twofold. First, he already looks like he’ll be a legit contributor for this unit as early as Week 1. Second, you don’t want to halt the momentum he’s building with his development right now.
And while it may have brought some karmic justice, it’s also great to see White bringing so much intensity in this joint practice. The Patriots haven’t been performing up to their usual standards in recent years, but you can’t afford to have the locker room get complacent. We need guys who are hungry and determined, and White is really checking all of those boxes.
It’s apparently still going to take some time for people outside of New England to recognize how much promise White is showing though. As of writing, he is tied for just 15th in the odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2023.
I’m not saying White should be a favorite to win or anything, but are you really trying to convince me that Dolphins second-round corner Cam Smith has a better shot than White? Come on.
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