In terms of injuries, the Green Bay Packers (3-2) have had a rough start to the 2013 season. On Tuesday, the Packers had to place star wide receiver Randall Cobb on the Injured-Reserve (IR) list with a designation to return.
Cobb broke his fibula in the Packers’ win over the Baltimore Ravens (3-3) this past Sunday and he can’t return to live-game action until Week 15. In his place, the Packers promoted undrafted rookie wide receiver Myles White from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
White is thin and frail (6-foot, 182 pounds), but he has excellent speed and quickness with playmaking ability similar to Cobb. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked highly about White during training camp this past August, but White couldn’t survive the final cut.
The Packers kept Jeremy Ross (who has since been released by the team) instead of White, and the team was extremely fortunate enough to sign White to their practice squad. White has always had the talent level to succeed at the highest levels of football, but a shaky past hurt his draft stock significantly in April.
White, who played high school football in Livonia, Mich., stayed in-state to play at Michigan State University. White was redshirted in 2008, but trouble reined down during his redshirt-freshman year at East Lansing in 2009.
White caught two passes for 86 yards for the Spartans before he was charged with public urination and a misdemeanor assault after he had participated in a residential hall fight on campus. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio suspended White indefinitely from the team and White never played another snap at Michigan State.
White’s journey continued in 2010 at Northwest Mississippi Community College. In one season of community college football, White led the team with 53 receptions for 712 yards and six touchdowns. After a successful short-stint in Mississippi, he was spotted by Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes.
Dykes, who is now coaching at the University of California, recruited White to start at wide receiver for the Bulldogs. Opposite of current San Francisco 49ers‘ rookie Quinton Patton, White caught 86 passes for 1,132 yards and scored nine touchdowns in two seasons.
After his collegiate career ended, White was expected to be a late-round draft choice. At Louisiana Tech’s Pro Day, White ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, recorded 11 reps on the 225-pound bench press and registered a 37.5-inch vertical leap.
If White would’ve been invited to the NFL Combine, his 40-yard time would’ve matched Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson and his 37.5-inch vertical leap would’ve been the ranked the fifth-best among all wide receivers at the combine.
White’s past is checkered, his size is questionable, but in the NFL, it’s all about heart and talent. What’s in the past is in the past and it’s time for White to show off his talent through his heart.
Welcome to the NFL, kid.