Could Pat White Make Redskins Roster at Position Other Than QB?

by Chris Lingebach
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Quarterback Pat White #5 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of a preseason game at FedExField on August 19, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Quarterback Pat White #5 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of a preseason game at FedExField on August 19, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Quarterback Pat White is one of many hopefuls to make the Redskins 53-man roster, in expectation of the final roster cuts coming next week.

RGIII already has an NFL-proven backup in Kirk Cousins, and given offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s level of comfort with Rex Grossman (and Grossman’s knowledge of the offense), the odds are heavily stacked against the former 2nd-round pick to land the 3rd string QB role in 2013.

But could Mike and Kyle Shanahan have other plans for White?

They scooped the 27-year-old quarterback up this offseason, immediately after he announced his NFL comeback, more than three years removed from his last down in the league.

“I saw my father get pushed into retirement when he wasn’t ready at the fire station down back home, and I saw him walk to work every day after being pushed out of being the fire chief,” White told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes Monday. “And if he can do that and succeed, and then go back into being a fire chief, then I felt like there’s no reason I can’t do what I love and have always dreamed of doing.”

White was then asked in his short time with the Redskins, if he’d practiced in any situations in which he and Robert Griffin III were on the field at the same time.

“Not just yet,” White said, leaving the door wide open.

Show host Chad Dukes immediately stepped through it.

“Not just yet?” Dukes probed. “So maybe there was a conversation about that being a possibility?”

“Um, you’d have to talk to coach about that,” White replied.

Dukes wasn’t letting this one die without a fight.

“Cause I mean, look, just as a Lehman, I’m thinking both of you guys can run, both of you guys can throw, I mean you’re in read-option, you got a back back there,” he continued. “It just seems to me like that could maybe potentially, hypothetically that could really be a difficult thing for NFL defenses to try to counter.”

“Well I think we have enough playmakers around Robert now to get that done,” White muted the topic. “I’m just blessed and thankful to have this opportunity.”

White would go on to say he’s been given no indication that he’ll make the team, unsurprisingly, but that he’ll continue to go out and play every play like it’s his last, and “see what happens.”

White last saw regular season action as a member of the Dolphins in 2009, where he went 0-for-5 passing. He threw for more than 6,000 yards, while running for nearly 4,500 yards in 4 years at West Virginia University.

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