#3. New England Patriots: Tom Brady & James White

It’s amazing that Brady, at age 38, has continued his onslaught on opposing defenses and only seems to get better. He finished the year ranked second among quarterbacks by PFF, throwing for 4,770 yards and 36 touchdowns. Not much else needs to be said about Brady’s steady excellence — he just keeps chugging right along.

The Patriots operated this season with a true running back by committee — LeGarrette Blount (310 snaps), Dion Lewis (302) and White (298) received virtually the same amount of playing time. Blount and Lewis both suffered season-ending injuries, so White earns the nod. It might seem odd picking a player with just 22 rush attempts in this spot, but he’s listed at the position, and has been among the team’s most productive skill players. White has proven to be integral in the Patriots’ lethal short passing game, with 40 catches for 410 yards on the season. Brady gets most of the credit for this duo’s spot on this list, but White has made key contributions as well.

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