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Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:57 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 10:57 pm
 

What will happen to Pat White?

P. White was cut by Miami this weekend, and his NFL future is in doubt (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I saw Pat White play live three times when he was at West Virginia. He never failed to impress. Yes, he wasn’t the greatest thrower, but his athleticism and his field vision and his ability to do exactly the damn thing that he needed to do to lead the Mountaineers to victory were impressive.

He, simply put, is one of the best collegiate players I’ve seen.

But when Miami took him in the second round of last year’s draft, I thought it was just a tad high. Like two rounds too high. While I figured he wouldn’t be a star at quarterback, I thought he could remain in the NFL for a while if he could find a niche. Maybe be the next Antwaan Randle El (also selected in the second round) or Ronald Curry –athletic college QBs who caught on as NFL receivers.

Instead, it looks like White might be done after one lone season.

Pro Football Talk writes tonight that, after the Dolphins released him last week, nobody in the NFL has shown any interest in hiring him.

The problem, though White will go down as the greatest player in Big East history (and the guy who probably saved the BCS bid for the conference), is that he’s not big enough (6 feet, 190 pounds) and can’t take an NFL pounding (witness this video of last year’s Steelers game ).

Tonight, I asked, via a series of text messages, a former NFL player who followed White’s career at West Virginia what he thought about White’s NFL future.

Me: You surprised nobody seems interested in Pat White? Does his skill set just not work well in the NFL?

Him: Not really. I think he could help a team, but he would have to be willing to play another position while developing as a QB. Plus people are wondering why the Dolphins gave up on him after one year. But I think if he sticks with it, he can make it. Ala Jeff Garcia.

Me: How could you play another position and still develop as a QB? Doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day.

Him: If he’s listed as a WR. He can still run scout team QB and do things like that. Would take doing extra.


But does White even want to play in the NFL? According to numerous reports, he had second thoughts about whether he even should return for his sophomore season. Thoughts of playing pro baseball again reportedly crept into his mind.

Maybe, just maybe, getting cut was the best thing that could have happened to White. Maybe the NFL isn't interested in Pat White, but maybe Pat White isn't interested in the NFL either.

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Posted on: July 18, 2010 11:27 am
 

Campbell represents vast improvement for Oakland

J. Campbell throws a pass during his Washington tenure (Getty). Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com is making the case that the Raiders acquisition of former Redskins starting QB Jason Campbell was one of the best deals of the offseason.

That’s more a reflection of how bad Oakland’s quarterbacks have performed since Rich Gannon completed 67.2 percent of his passes in 2002. When you’ve got JaMarcus Russell, Kerry Collins, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown, Aaron Brooks, Marques Tuiasosopo, Ronald Curry and Rick Mirer starting for you, the addition of Campbell could be a welcome break.

Though Campbell has been maligned in Washington for much of his tenure, where he completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 10,860 yards, 55 touchdowns and 38 interceptions while leading the Redskins to a 20-32 as the starter, the Raiders have welcomed him.

"He's brought stability, and leadership, and professionalism," tight end Zach Miller told ESPN.

Yet, Pasquarelli admits that Campbell isn’t the perfect choice. From the story:

There are some negatives -- Campbell has averaged only 6.63 yards per attempt in his career and dumps off the ball too regularly, has taken way too many sacks, and still lacks some awareness in the pocket. But those negatives are outweighed by the positive components he provides for an Oakland franchise whose progress has been slowed by the flawed Russell experiment.

For sure, Campbell doesn't represent the laid-back Bay Area stereotype. He is competitive and passionate about the game, and his even-keeled nature probably helps camouflage a fiery persona. But he also has a strong arm, is accurate (a 62.4 percent completion rate in his three full seasons as a starter) and understands the game. And the former Auburn standout, who spent some time in Hattiesburg, Miss., throwing with Brett Favre this spring, won't tarnish the Golden Gate image.


The Raiders simply hope Campbell can help the team improve on their No. 31 offensive ranking from last season. You'd think it'd be hard not to do exactly that.

--Josh Katzowitz
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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 8:01 pm
 

UFL'S Omaha Nighthawks rich with NFL names

Pro Football Talk compiled a list of former NFL players who are now on the roster for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks. It’s borderline stunning:

The list includes, among others, former Eagles guard Shawn Andrews, former Saints defensive end Charles Grant, former Cardinals defensive tackle Wendell Bryant, former Steelers and Panthers cornerback Ricardo Colclough, former Raiders receiver Ronald Curry, former Raiders running back Justin Fargas, former Packers and Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson, former Seahawks, Packers, and Texans running back Ahman Green, former first-round quarterback Patrick Ramsey, and former Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter.

The three names that jump out are Andrews, Grant and Curry. Andrews has essentially been out of football the past two years. But prior to his depression and back injuries, he was a Pro Bowl mauler with major potential. It’s hard to believe no one has picked him up.

Grant was a starter for the Saints until he got hurt at the end of last season. In 2007, he signed a seven-year deal worth $20 million in guarantees. He may have tapped the breaks just a bit after getting rich, but not to the extent that you would have guessed he’d be out of the league by 2010.

Curry’s career has been derailed by injuries (mainly Achilles problems). But when healthy, he proved to be one of the best raw athletes in the game.

UPDATE: The UFL has released a statement regarding NFL players on rosters: "Players listed on UFL rosters are a combination of signed and unsigned players. Teams own the UFL rights to the players listed on their respective roster provided they are not signed to another professional team's roster."

In other words, just because a player is on a UFL roster doesn't mean he'll be playing in the UFL in 2010.


--Andy Benoit

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