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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Redskins notes: Pat White gets the start

By John Keim

Quarterback Pat White remains a long shot to make the Redskins roster. He could, however, get a chance to make someone else’s with another strong preseason showing. White will play the entire preseason finale at Tampa Bay.

The Redskins don’t have a need to develop another young quarterback, with their top two both in their second year. They like what Rex Grossman brings, both on the field and in the meeting room, as a No. 3 quarterback. The Redskins have done a good job calling plays for White, who is comfortable running the ball but inconsistent with his passing -- excellent on slants and digs but high on passes to the outside.

“Pat hasn’t been totally consistent in all his drops in the rhythm of the passing game,” Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “But he’s gotten better each week. He can still get a lot better.”

White is ineligible for the practice squad, but the Redskins are convinced he’ll be on some team’s roster this season.

“The more football he’s around, the more he works at it, the better he’ll get,” Shanahan said. “He’s as hard on himself as anyone I’ve been around. … It’s just a matter of time that he can be as good as he wants.”

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