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.”
In other Redskins news:
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on veteran linebacker Nick Barnett: “He’s got great football instincts. He knows where to go, he flies around. He [doesn’t] know what he’s doing yet but he knows where the ball is. He just needs reps on the field and once he gets those he’s going to be fine. He’s a good player.”
Haslett still likes his depth at corner even after the loss of Richard Crawford, out for the season after tearing his ACL, LCL and MCL in his left knee. Crawford would have been, at best, their fifth or sixth corner. “I feel good about Chase [Minnifield], I feel good about Jerome [Murphy],” Haslett said. “We’ve got enough guys that we’ll be fine.” Murphy has quietly had a good summer, particularly on special teams.
Another name added to the list of possible punt returners: Josh Morgan. Coach Mike Shanahan said they might have him return a punt or two against Tampa Bay. However, Morgan has never returned a punt in the NFL (he has run back 15 kickoffs, including 13 in 2009 with San Francisco – and averaged 28.2 yards). But he did return punts at Virginia Tech.
The Redskins also moved defensive end Adam Carriker from the active/physically unable to perform list to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Carriker does not count against their 75-man roster, but this still leaves open the possibility that he could return later in the season. Maurice Hurt, who is on the active/physically unable to perform list, does count against the 75.