After gaining 18 pounds of muscle, and actually decreasing his body fat percentage, backup quarterback Pat White is showing coaches his work ethic, and his hunger to get better already, in only his second season.
After a disappointing rookie season, in which he could barely grip the ball correctly because of his small hands, and his physical disadvantages such as his size, White is striving to get better in every, and any way possible.
White will need all of the practice, and weight he can get if he wishes to help his team this year.
Pat’s put in an awful lot of time . He’s put a lot of time in, watched a lot of tape, done a lot of studying on his own and with [quarterback coach] David Lee. You can start to see some of that right now. At the end of five practices, six practices, this guy is at 68 or 69 percent completion. He’s going to the right place with the ball. He’s starting to see things a little bit quicker, he’s able to get to the second and third progressions a bit quicker.
Pat has done a great job right now,Sparano said. His offseason has been outstanding. The guy has put an awful lot of time in, I mean he really has. I mean all of these quarterbacks have to their credit. But, I’m talking about time like second week of February, like kicking them out of here when Super Bowl teams are practicing and those kind of things. These guys been here that long.
White has been working his butt off all season, as well as the rest of the quarterbacks, and this season it will most likely pay off. The Dolphins will have to be very impressed with all of their quarterbacks to keep four on the roster during the season, but the way all of them have been working this summer, it will be hard for the coaches to keep one of these men off the roster.
Look for White to have an extended role with the team this year, as his playing weight will now be up to 208, which is only 7 pounds below Michael Vick, who is the same type of player that White is.
With White now seeming to get the hang of passing the ball now, look for the Wildcat to become more of the WildPat, with Ronnie Brown being utilized less and less, and White being used in the creative formation more and more.