The Dolphins will enter training camp with four quarterbacks on the roster. This provides a problem for the Dolphins front office, as they are unlikely to want to take up four roster spots on quarterbacks. A more reasonable number is three, so that means there will be an odd man out this summer, as training camp approaches.
As it stands now, the Dolphins will go into training camp with at least two of the three roster spots filled, with both of the Chad’s, Henne and Pennington returning for another season.
With both of the Chad’s coming back, that leaves only one roster spot left, with the decision to come down to either Pat White, or Tyler Thigpen.
Thigpen would be the option that would draw the most trade value. White would be the option that everyone would not have a problem with his banishment.
To put things plain and simple, we have not seen what White can do with his arm in the NFL. There is really no room for him on the roster as a wide receiver after the Dolphins traded for Brandon Marshall.
We know Thigpen can both throw the ball, and avoid would-be tacklers. We saw what he can do with the ball in his hands two straight years, with him playing against us, (Thiggy passed for 320 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, while accumulating a 48.8% completion percentage) and last year playing for us in the season finale (throwing for 83 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions).
As you look at the stats above, you notice that indeed, Thigpen did usually throw more interceptions than touchdowns, but it was also Thigpen who kept his teams in games, and that is what you ask of a #2 quarterback coming off the bench.
These days a viable option coming off the bench at the quarterback position is very valuable. Thigpens value would increase as training camp approaches.
White would have little to no trade value, as he has yet to complete a pass in the NFL. But the situation with White is this. He has only been in the league for one year, and he is a proven winner. He may be small, but there has to be some reason why the Dolphins drafted him so high in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
He has awesome game breaking ability, and could be the perfect answer for the Wildcat, and could give the Fins some flexibility with Ronnie Brown next year after his contract runs out.
But the fact that White still has not completed a pass in his rookie career is scary. Often times during training camp last year there were reports saying White’s hands were too small to correctly grip the ball. They also said he was having massive accuracy issues.
As the season went on, we started to hear less and less reports on White, so there is still the question on whether he is even physically capable to be a legitimate quarterback option for the Dolphins in the future.
The bottom line is that the Dolphins have nowhere to put White. They have more than enough wide receivers on their roster as it is, the same goes for running back at this point in time. But are the Dolphins willing to sacrifice a roster spot, that could be used elswhere, at a weaker position, on White or Thigpen?
I would not be surprised if the Dolphins tried trading Thigpen, but I would also not be surprised if the Dolphins kept all four quarterbacks as well.
Here is a rundown of each players expected role this off-season:
Chad Henne: He will hands down be the starter all year long, and will be the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins for the foreseeable future. No doubt in my mind.
Tyler Thigpen: Could be used as trade bait, but could serve the Dolphins if he stays. He provides a reliable 2nd string quarterback to come off the bench in case of an injury to Henne.
Chad Pennington: He will serve as the mentor to all of the quarterbacks, especially Henne. He could come in as the starting quarterback at some point if Thigpen were traded before the season, and Henne were to heaven forbid suffer an injury. But other than that, CP10 is still in Miami to recover from his shoulder injury suffered last year, and to mentor Henne, nothing more.
Pat White: Could be the X-Factor of the offense if given time. He creates a threat in the “WildPat”, and makes defenses do double takes when entered into the game. He could be released or moved to another position this year, to get him more playing time.