FOXBORO, Mass (WWLP) – WWLP-22News broadcasted the first pre-season game of the New England Patriots game Thursday against the New York Giants.

James White just announced he is retiring from the NFL. The 30-year-old veteran running back has been out since September with a hip injury and now says he is stepping away from the game. White played his whole career with the Patriots. He won 3 super bowls with New England including scoring the game-winning, overtime touchdown against the Falcons in that infamous come-from-behind win.

In a statement, he thanked the Patriots organization saying “New England will be in my heart forever.”

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and most of the team’s starters aren’t expected to play in Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants. The opener is expected to mostly feature rookies and backups vying for roster spots. One reason behind the decision not to play starters is likely due to joint practices against the Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders in the next two weeks.

“We’re looking good this year, I’m excited because it’s not the Brady era anymore, we’re kind of entering the next generation and I’m excited to support the new Patriots,” said Blaize Vail of Portland, Maine. “It’s definitely feeling a like a new era, a new beginning.”

“I think this season we’re going to bounce back. I think Mac Jones is going to throw 40 touchdowns, five thousand yards, another pro bowl appearance, another MVP conversation and I think the Pats are going to go to the Super Bowl,” said Daniel Polycoff of Sharon.

There are some concerns though as the Patriots begin play, which includes their offense, or lack there of.

New England Patriots preseason games

  • Thursday: August 11 at 7:00 p.m. – New York Giants at New England
  • Friday: August 19 at 7:00 p.m. – Carolina Panthers at New England
  • Friday: August 26 at 8:00 p.m.  – New England at Las Vegas Raiders

22News is also set to air two regular-season Patriots games. On November 24th, the New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings game is scheduled for a special Thanksgiving night edition of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  Then, on Sunday, December 18th, the Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders game is also currently planned to be shown on WWLP during Sunday Night Football.

Where to watch the Patriots on 22News

  • Over-the-air on channel 22.1, 28.1
  • Comcast channels 5 & 822
  • Charter channels 9 & 787
  • DirecTV channel 22
  • DISH channel 22

New England Patriots Schedule

  • Sunday: September 11 at 1:00 p.m. – New England at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
  • Sunday: September 18 at 1:00 p.m. – New England at Pittsburg Steelers (CBS)
  • Sunday: September 25 at 1:00 p.m. – Baltimore Ravens at New England (FOX)
  • Sunday: October 2 at 4:25 p.m. – New England at Green Bay Packers (CBS)
  • Sunday: October 9 at 1 p.m. – Detroit Lions at New England (FOX)
  • Sunday: October 16 at 1 p.m. – New England at Cleveland Browns (CBS)
  • Monday: October 24 at 8:15 p.m. – Chicago Bears at New England (ESPN)
  • Sunday: October 30 at 1 p.m. – New England at New York Jets (CBS)
  • Sunday: November 6 at 1 p.m. – Indianapolis Colts at New England (CBS)
  • WEEK 10 – BYE WEEK
  • Sunday: November 20 at 1 p.m. – New York Jets at New England (CBS)
  • Thursday: November 24 at 8:20 p.m. – New England at Minnesota Vikings (NBC/22News)
  • Thursday: December 1 at 8:15 p.m. – Buffalo Bills at New England (PRIME)
  • Monday: December 12 at 8:15 p.m. – New England at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
  • Sunday: December 18 at 8:20 p.m. – New England at Las Vegas Raiders (NBC/22News)
  • Saturday: December 24 at 1 p.m. – Cincinnati Bengals at New England (CBS)
  • Sunday: January 1 at 1 p.m. – Miami Dolphins at New England (CBS)
  • Saturday, January 7 or Sunday, January 8 – New England at Buffalo Bills (TBD)