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Pat White optimistic about his NFL future

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Former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was a major disappointment as a second-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2009, and when he was cut at the end of training camp in 2010, it appeared that his NFL career had come to a quick end.

But White is now with the Redskins, and even after all this time out of the league, he he says he’s optimistic that he has a future in the NFL.

“I know that there’s still a lot to be learned, a lot for me to accomplish, but I’m willing to put in the time and the work to make it happen,” White told the Free Lance-Star. “I’m just very thankful and blessed to have this opportunity.”

White admits that until the Redskins called, he didn’t know whether he’d get another NFL chance.

“I was enthused when I first started to train to get this opportunity, not knowing whether it was going to happen or not,” White said. “I’m happy to get back at it.”

Realistically, it’s unlikely that the Redskins are going to keep White when the regular season starts, as Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman will almost certainly be the three quarterbacks they keep on their 53-man roster. But if White shows enough during training camp and the preseason, he might convince the Redskins or some other team that he’s worthy of a spot on an NFL roster. After it looked like he had washed out of the NFL completely three years ago, just having a chance is progress.

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37 Responses to “Pat White optimistic about his NFL future”
  1. charly0418 says: Jun 17, 2013 6:16 PM

    Does Florio force his writers to write about useless WVU players? Seems like it

  2. simonwelds says: Jun 17, 2013 6:22 PM

    Pat White must have stock in PFT, the most irrelevant relevant player ever… Who cares

  3. briang123 says: Jun 17, 2013 6:23 PM

    Good to hear that someone is.

  4. neagle64 says: Jun 17, 2013 6:54 PM

    If Pat can’t beat out Rex for 3rd string then maybe he should be a little concerned

  5. beckzhere says: Jun 17, 2013 7:06 PM

    How is Rex Grossman still employed? That’s impressive.

  6. vols84 says: Jun 17, 2013 7:06 PM

    I thought he was playing minor league baseball.

  7. miamikillerdolphins says: Jun 17, 2013 7:10 PM

    As u can c that I’m a Dolphin fan.Your days in the nfl is done, over with.Just like your last play with the dolphins when Pittsburgh defence KNOCK YOUR ASS OUT on the
    sideline!!KO, DONE, PUT A FORK IN IT!!!!

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 17, 2013 7:18 PM

    He won’t make the team. Most people know this already.

  9. bigjd says: Jun 17, 2013 7:22 PM

    A division rival will pick him up and get as much info out of him as they can then dump him.

  10. thechronicjoker says: Jun 17, 2013 7:27 PM

    Tebow will see more playing time at QB or any other position, then White could only dream about. Your a “has been” that never “has”. Go back to suing the NFL, waste of a draft pick

  11. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jun 17, 2013 7:48 PM

    As a skins fan, I think he’ll end up as a practice squad guy. Someone who can simulate A read option QB against the defense in practice. I’m honestly surprised more teams haven’t picked up a read option backup just to practice against for training camp.

  12. tdbragg says: Jun 17, 2013 7:58 PM

    After watching Pat White for four years in West Virginia , this kid is far to talented not to be on an NFL roster . This kid is electric with the ball in his hands and single handedly won games for the Mountaineers during his college career . If hes willing to play where his coaches want him , theres no reason he cant beat out a guy like Rex Grossman . He just needs a chance .

  13. dbarnes79 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:00 PM

    Might be a good back up to RG3. Similar build and playing styles.

  14. noflorio says: Jun 17, 2013 8:32 PM

    Typical WVU bum. He failed as a football player, baseball player, actor, and Reebok refused to hire him in 2011. He decided to try football again and due to an injury, he gets to play during the summer. Soon enough, he will be cut loose to drink Natty Light in Morgantown with Owen Schmitt.

  15. annes22 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:40 PM

    Please, he was electric, where??? It certainly wasn’t with the Dolphins, he was terrible. I can’t see him making it with the Redskins. Similar build to RG3, and not even close in talent please. I guess he didn’t make it in baseball either.

  16. rebelsrevelations says: Jun 17, 2013 8:47 PM

    I love the way everyone dumps on a guy, because he has ties to a team that truly sucked at the time!
    I’ve seen what White is capable of on the field, and he has some impressive moves! As for me, I trust Coach Shanahan, and if he sees something in White, I’m willing to go with faith for now! Trust me, the coach has something in mind!

  17. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:07 PM

    Keep laughing at Rex but he is making about 400,000 to 300,000 a year. How you like me now.

  18. frankdatank23 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:25 PM

    That failed attempt at going back to baseball probably helped that suckiness he claimed the nfl wasn’t ready for when he came in. It can only be more prevalent now.

  19. frankdatank23 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:30 PM

    @ rebelsrevelation….

    No, your obviously blinded by your love for anything with a redskins logo on it.. He’s being dumped on because he crashed and burned in the nfl. This has zero to do with the dolphins. He could hardly hold up in a practice and his first real game hit ended his career, lol. Don’t waste your time defending your scout team Qb for camp fodder.

  20. vtsquirm says: Jun 17, 2013 9:30 PM

    As a skins fan, I think he’ll end up as a practice squad guy. Someone who can simulate A read option QB against the defense in practice. I’m honestly surprised more teams haven’t picked up a read option backup just to practice against for training camp.

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    Is he eligible for practice squad?

  21. joejgibbs says: Jun 17, 2013 9:52 PM

    1. Pat White is barely 6ft 190lbs, RG3 is 6’2 220.
    2. Rex is on the team because of his knowledge of Shanhan’s playbook. He knows it better than the other 2 qbs since he was with Houston and Kyle.
    3. From his interviews White seems like a nice guy who is motivated to play in the NFL.

    He’s basically the super athletic version of Tebow. A bad passing–option QB. With the difference being he’s very small.

  22. blackngold4life says: Jun 17, 2013 10:13 PM

    Ain’t this the same dude who filed a concussion lawsuit on the NFL when he thought his career was over? So what?? He’s OK now? He shud be bannd from the League.

  23. cadenjay says: Jun 17, 2013 10:27 PM

    It must be a lot of NFL GMs on this page. Give him a chance. I know him personally and if given a opportunity somewhere he can be a serviceable pro.

  24. dbfan4ever says: Jun 17, 2013 10:48 PM

    Typical WVU bum. He failed as a football player, baseball player, actor, and Reebok refused to hire him in 2011. He decided to try football again and due to an injury, he gets to play during the summer. Soon enough, he will be cut loose to drink Natty Light in Morgantown with Owen Schmitt.
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    you are the bum! But you will have a rotten time when Tavon Austin lights up the scoreboard in the NFL this upcoming season!

  25. micker716 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:13 PM

    I’m sorry but this is not “progress”. Progress for Pat White would be realizing his limitations, moving on with his life and getting a real job.

  26. gonzagylot00 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:48 PM

    Ike Turner ended this poor guy’s career in 2009. He would have been better off in the nfl as a return specialist.

    Best case scenario is a practice squad guy, as others have suggested.

  27. steelerben says: Jun 17, 2013 11:49 PM

    You know it is the offseason when the Patriots third string and the Skins fourth string QBs are getting headlines. Throw in those sizzling battles of high powered gunslingers in New York and Jacksonville and you know July is nearly here.

  28. tarniman says: Jun 18, 2013 1:03 AM

    stop hatin on Pat White….the guy is trying to live his dream of being a NFL QB. How many of us reading this would love to have that opportunity!! He refuses to take no for an answer. I for one am happy for him…He needs to keep trying while he still young…and even if he dosn’t make it at least when he gets older he won’t say I didn’t try my best to live my dream. Go all out Pat for what u want…Let the haters hate

  29. losntina69 says: Jun 18, 2013 6:53 AM

    So this jerk thinks he will never play afan in the NFL so he decides to join the lawsuit, because of the damage that he has received and yada yada yada. Yet the moment he geta another chance he goes back to play the game right????? Only in America.

  30. bleedgreen11 says: Jun 18, 2013 7:19 AM

    Sexy Rexy,

    The real RGIII

    Best 3rd string QB in the league!!!

  31. kelsocarpenter says: Jun 18, 2013 7:19 AM

    “dbarnes79 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:00 PM

    Might be a good back up to RG3. Similar build and playing styles.”

    Pat White is listed at 6’0, 190 lbs. RGIII is listed at 6’2.5, 225 lbs. So no, they’re not similar in build. Playing style? Sure, they both run and throw the ball.

    The convenient thing to say isn’t always the most accurate.

  32. promickey says: Jun 18, 2013 8:13 AM

    I think Pat White should join the Olympics for synchronized swimming. The sport has a need for his body type and style…….well if Pat stays under water long enough it will clear his head.

  33. vmannj says: Jun 18, 2013 8:57 AM

    I’m kind of in agreement with blackngold4life…if this dude sued the NFL because of his injuries, why is he coming back? Current players shouldn’t be allowed to sue the league. Sorry, but if your working conditions are too difficult, get a minimum wage job like the rest of us.

  34. EJ says: Jun 18, 2013 10:08 AM

    White will not make it on the Redskins 53. Not unless they decide to trade away Cousins and move up the most knowledgeable QB they have, Rex Grossman. Having Grossman back up RGIII would be sufficient enough for them to keep White on the roster.

    Its too bad that White is so small and inconsistent, because he is super athletic like Griffin. Having a backup that is identical to the starter would make everything much easier if Griffin goes down.

  35. eleventyeight says: Jun 18, 2013 10:10 AM

    gonzagylot00 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:48 PM

    Ike Turner ended this poor guy’s career in 2009. He would have been better off in the nfl as a return specialist.

    Best case scenario is a practice squad guy, as others have suggested.
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    I think you mean Ike TAYLOR.

    Ike Turner was someone else entirely…

  36. skinsaneasylum says: Jun 18, 2013 10:38 AM

    You guys are delusional if you think “Pat White is the same size/build as RG3″…..

    Since when is a guy who is 6’0″ 197 lbs the same size/build as a guy who is 6’2″+ and 225 lbs?

  37. randy2054 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    CUT PAT SOME SLACK HE JUST HAS HIS ALPHABET CONFUSED MAYBE HE MEANT THE “N” TO BE A “C”, AS IN BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE CFL

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