The New York Giants have set up a workout for early next week with former NFL quarterback Pat White, according to a report from Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News on Friday.
Of course, the Giants have quarterback Eli Manning and even re-signed backup David Carr earlier in the offseason. The interest in White is for situational purposes and pretty clearly comes from the buzziest new NFL trend, the read-option offense, popularized most effectively last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers. Interestingly, San Francisco reportedly worked out White too.
At West Virginia, White regularly left defenses looking like scorched earth in his wake, but it just didn't translate to the Miami Dolphins at the professional level, and he was cut by the team in 2010. From there, White embarked on a sporting journey through minor league baseball and the United Football League but now, as Vacchiano notes, White's ears have seemingly perked with the NFL's current playbook-crush on the read-option and some teams' need for a mobile quarterback.
It's an interesting fit to think about, curmudgeon-y Giants head coach Tom Coughlin trying on the latest pair of designer NFL jeans in the read-option -- especially when it would seem like he'd be the type to scoff at such fads -- but it certainly proved its dangerousness with the 49ers, and with Robert Griffin III, and with Russell Wilson, so one can't be surprised too much that one of the league's better coaches is giving the idea some thought.
And with White, it's a low-risk look for the Giants. Either he does enough to merit some sort of a deal in this workout or he doesn't. For White, on the other hand, it seems the NFL is again calling for quarterbacks with his particular set of skills, and this is as good a shot as any for him to find a way back into the league. Though, with the read-option's current popularity, it might not be his last, either.