- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former West Virginia quarterback Pat White, who's been out of football since 2009 while unsuccessfully pursuing a pro baseball career, is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. White had been scheduled to visit the Giants this week, but he has apparently canceled that visit and now appears likely to join the Redskins. According to CBSSports.com, all that stands in the way is a physical.
White was a second-round pick in 2009 by the Dolphins, who at the time were trying to incorporate wildcat schemes into their offense and thought his abilities as a running quarterback would help them do that. But he didn't thrive with the Dolphins and decided to try baseball again. Now, though, with read-option offenses infiltrating the NFL, White is attempting a comeback in the hopes that he can fit in with the new trend.
The Giants were looking at him as a guy who could play on their scout team, potentially simulating Washington's Robert Griffin III, Philadelphia's Michael Vick and other running quarterbacks the Giants might see throughout the year. But the Redskins, especially with Griffin recovering from knee surgery, likely offer White more of an opportunity to get actual snaps in training camp and in preseason games. They're happy with Kirk Cousins as their backup and as the starter while Griffin recovers, but if they want to show read-option looks in the preseason, it's possible they could use White for those. Even if they plan to use less read-option in 2013, the Redskins have made it clear they want opposing teams to at least think they might.
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