Saturday, September 4, 2010
Dolphins snip second-round QB Pat White
By Tim Graham
Maybe Pat White should have switched back to baseball after all.
The Miami Dolphins swung from their heels and whiffed when they drafted West Virginia's scrambling quarterback in the second round last year. They admitted their mistake Saturday, when they released White.
The Dolphins will keep Tyler Thigpen to serve with Chad Pennington as Chad Henne's backups.
White played in 13 games as a gadget to complement the Wildcat package. He was ineffective and never showed an ability to throw against NFL defenses. He ran 21 times for 81 yards and didn't complete any of his five pass attempts. He also was sacked once.
He was virtually invisible in the preseason. In the preseason opener, he handed off once and then knelt out the clock. He didn't play at all in the second and fourth games. In the third game, he completed all four of his passes for 27 yards, got sacked once and had a 5-yard rush.
Over the offseason, with rumors circulating the Dolphins might try him at wide receiver, White tweeted he rather would return to baseball.
White was selected in the Major League Baseball draft four times: fourth round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2006, 24th round by the Angels in 2007, seventh round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 and the 48th round by the New York Yankees in 2009.
White's training camp began mysteriously, when he reported a day late. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel interviewed his brother and reported White would be placed on the physically unable to perform list and miss all of camp -- perhaps the entire season -- with "a non-football related issue that is described as serious."
White showed up the next day.