Pat White’s journey from early-round pick for the Miami Dolphins to out of the league is probably a humbling experience, which along with his athletic ability at the quarterback position makes him a perfect fit for how the Washington Redskins are using him in offseason camps.
“I miss the competitiveness of the game, the challenge of the daily grind,” White said, via the team website. “I am trying to get better, and I’m going to push everyone each and every day. My mentality is different in that I treat every day like it’s game day. There are some other teams that are using [the read-option], and I can also help the Redskins prepare for other teams that run it.”
The signing of White led to a couple days of wasted talk-radio chatter about what this means for Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousin and what sort of stupid message this sends, but it quickly became obvious that White is a critical element of practices this offseason. Griffin’s knee surgery will keep him out for an extended period of time but practice must go on, and with White having no better offers this is a win-win for both sides.
“Whatever the coaches ask of me, I will do it with the best of my abilities,” he said. “My heart’s set on being a quarterback, but I am willing to play other positions and will do whatever it takes to help the team.”
Not every comeback story has to end with star-level success; sometimes it’s nice just be part of the team once again.