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Pat White willing to play other positions to stay with Redskins

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As Pat White prepared to enter the NFL more than four years ago, he resisted the notion of moving to a position other than quarterback.  Now that he’s back in the league after a three-season absence, White is willing to do what it takes to stick.

“Whatever the coaches ask of me, I will do it with the best of my abilities,” White recently told the team’s official website, via Mark Inabinett of the Alabama Media Group.  “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. . . .

“I feel like the Redskins chose me.  I put myself out there to find the right situation, and I felt like this is the best fit for me.  The way they ran the offense really excited me.  And I was just happy for them to give me an opportunity.”

The Redskins pounced on White, a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2009, when he was flirting with teams like the 49ers and Giants.  With Robert Griffin III recovering from a torn ACL, it made sense to have another mobile quarterback around.  Once Griffin is healthy, having White at quarterback becomes less important.
“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 Redskins eventually will have to ask themselves whether it makes sense to devote a roster spot to a scout-team quarterback, and whether White can be taught a new position.  Until it’s clear that Griffin is healthy and will stay that way, it could make sense to keep White around and ready to play quarterback.

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20 Responses to “Pat White willing to play other positions to stay with Redskins”
  1. ozymandias121 says: Jul 7, 2013 2:55 PM

    OK Tim Tebow B. Version, we know you can’t play any position well.

  2. 69finfan says: Jul 7, 2013 3:08 PM

    Left bench is about right.

  3. bigghugg says: Jul 7, 2013 3:31 PM

    Why is 3rd String QB out of the question? I love Rex but I gotta think Pat White is a better option in the read-option offense.

  4. canetic says: Jul 7, 2013 3:34 PM

    Practice squad is a position ,right?

  5. onbucky96 says: Jul 7, 2013 4:00 PM

    Why do I think when the Redskins cut them in a magically join the concussion lawsuits again?

  6. tommythek says: Jul 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    Good luck Pat. He was a heck of a competitor at WVU.

  7. igotgamenj says: Jul 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    He can play left cookie …that’s where all the crummy players play

  8. spellingcops says: Jul 7, 2013 4:08 PM

    Due to his size, he might prove useful as a kicker.

  9. bigdaddy66 says: Jul 7, 2013 4:26 PM

    If you have to rely on any 3rd string QB in the NFL your season is over anyway. At least White can run a style of play during practices that only RGIII is capable of doing and gets your defense prepared as more teams move to a similar offense.

  10. craniator says: Jul 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    Perhaps he’ll be able to make the Redskins’ 53 man roster , but that still cannot change the fact that he was one of the top two or three worst draft picks in Dolphins history.

  11. herman23934 says: Jul 7, 2013 5:13 PM

    He can run the scout team during the week. No reason why he can’t run some plays or be in some packages.

    Before long most teams will have an athletic read option QB. they can be the fifth receiver. Adds depth to the team.

  12. floratiotime says: Jul 7, 2013 5:33 PM

    He likes getting paid it seems.

  13. threefeetaway says: Jul 7, 2013 5:42 PM

    I think the Pats have an opening…

  14. gcsuk says: Jul 7, 2013 7:33 PM

    “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. . . .”

    Yeah, unemployment sure does change a man’s perspective and humility, doesn’t it?

  15. gcsuk says: Jul 7, 2013 7:35 PM

    Is Kyle Shanahan giving Pat the ol’ prison security drug-screening check?

  16. cherrybop says: Jul 7, 2013 9:03 PM

    He couldn’t survive a hit from a safety when he was knocked out of the league the first time. And he’s going to line up in a position where he’s going to get hits like that all the time?

    I don’t see it.

  17. laserw says: Jul 7, 2013 11:52 PM

    If White has any talent, there is a roster spot where the Redskins could cut someone and never miss him – the pathetic wide receiver Hankersore. This guy is a bust – worthless in games – has no impact – lazy – unprepared. Absolutely worthless – he is taking a roster space that could go to someone with a heart and a desire to do more for the team.

  18. phillyphinsfan says: Jul 8, 2013 6:10 AM

    He belongs on a playground with the rest of his friends. Safety first!

  19. mar3148v says: Jul 8, 2013 2:11 PM

    Pat White is an exceptionally talented and exciting athlete. Under the right conditions he could prove a real asset to an NFL team’s roster

  20. defscottyb says: Jul 8, 2013 10:19 PM

    Skins got a good athlete for the league minimum… Love it, one more weapon for us.

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