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When most think of Pat White they think of two things. The first thought that comes to mind is how great he was in college playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers. During his time in Morgantown, White helped lead the Mountaineers to the top of the college football world. With his arms, legs, knowledge of the QB position, and raw athleticism he helped lead the Mountaineers to four consecutive bowl wins during his time there. He also set the Big East record for career TD's scored and the FBS record for most rushing yards by a QB with 4,480.
The second thought that comes to mind is White's brief and disappointing career as a NFL quarterback. Drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins many had high expectations for White. He was going to be given the keys to Tony Sparano's "Wildcat" offense, but after a poor pre-season he was not awarded the starting job. White was used though, and showed us flashes of greatness here and there, one coming when he broke off a big run versus the Patriots. Late that season however, White suffered a helmet to helmet hit (issued by the Steelers Ike Taylor) and that would be the last image we saw of White in the NFL as he was cut by the Dolphins during that following off season.
After bouncing around in the UFL, taking time off to pursue an acting career, and even playing some minor league baseball, Pat White announced he would attempt a comeback.
This past off season, in an attempt to propel his comeback, White worked out at WVU's pro day with the 2013 NFL draft prospects. After the pro day White said, "I'm pretty certain I'll be in somebody's uniform next year whether it's the NFL or the Canadian Football League.''
After working out at WVU's pro day this year White had met with the 49ers and yesterday he met with the Washington Redskins.
For now, White's comeback is a reality as USA Today Sports writer Jim Corbett is reporting that White has indeed signed with the Redskins, though the terms of that said deal have not yet been reported.
If White has indeed signed with the Redskins he rounds out the teams depth chart as the third quarterback. It's likely that if kept on the roster he will remain as the third string man with Kirk Cousins leading the way as the number one option if Robert Griffin III isn't ready to go by week one, or if god forbid, he get hurt again.
What White does bring however is another weapon to the offense if nothing else. With his speed and ability to throw the ball in some capacity, don't be surprised to see White and RGIII on the field at the same time in one of the read-option packages.
White may not be the player that everyone expected him to be, but if used correctly I believe he can be a valuable asset to this Redskins offense if used correctly. Also, with Brandon Banks no longer on the Redskins roster, I wouldn't be shocked if the speedy and elusive Pat White is used as a return man on the Redskins special teams.
However he is used, for now it seems that Pat White is back in the NFL as a member of the Washington Redskins.
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