Posted: 3:35 pm Saturday, May 29th, 2010
By Post Staff
Pat White learned a valuable lesson on April 12 – beware the Internet.
White, the Dolphins’ second-year quarterback, wrote on his Twitter account, “I’m better off going back to baseball than playing WR.”
He quickly tried to control the damage, tweeting a few minutes later, “Lol I guess I need to clear things up… No no no no to all the questions It was just what I was feeling at the time so I said it.”
Not surprisingly, White’s Twitter account quickly disappeared, as @PatWhite225 has been deleted. Saturday, though, White denied that he ever used the social networking service.
“What Twitter account?” White said after Saturday’s mini-camp. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Deleting his account was one of several good moves White made this offseason. Head coach Tony Sparano said White has done an “outstanding” job preparing himself for the 2010 season as he tries to justify he was worth the 44th overall selection in 2009 and $2.4 million in guaranteed money the Dolphins awarded him.
“The guy’s put an awful lot of time in. He really has,” Sparano said Saturday. “I’m talking about time like, second week of February, like kicking him out of here when the Super Bowl teams are practicing. He has spent a lot of time has done a lot of studying on his own and with (quarterbacks coach) David Lee. I think you can start to see some of that right now. At the end of 6 practices, this guy’s close to almost 68-69 percent completions right now.”
White certainly needs a good offseason to stay in the good graces of the coaches and fans. He didn’t complete a pass in five attempts last season and rushed 21 times for 81 yards, and his roster spot is not guaranteed for 2010, especially with the Dolphins bringing back Chad Pennington to complement Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen at quarterback.
But through the first two days of mini-camp, the Dolphins have given White most of the second-team reps, while Pennington has barely thrown a pass.
Sparano raves about how White, listed at 6-feet, 190 pounds, has put on 18 pounds since he arrived in Miami a little more than a year ago. Nine of those pounds have come since the end of the season, Sparano said.
“In my belly a little bit. Don’t tell anybody,” White said. “I needed it. I was very thin, and still am for this game.”
Sparano implied, though, that White was just being modest.
“Pat White has gained 18 pounds since the day he showed up here, and lost body fat, on a player that don’t have a whole lot,” Sparano said. “This guy has really gotten himself bigger, stronger. You can see it in the way he’s throwing the ball. To put that kind of weight on that frame and to lose the body fat that he’s lost, has been pretty impressive.”
White says his rookie season didn’t change his approach to the game – “I never changed, this is Jay every day – that’s a Jay-Z quote for you,” he said – and that he’s just trying to stay humble and work hard to improve as a quarterback.
“Hopefully as I age and get older and day to day it starts to slow down to where it’s pretty much slow motion to me,” White said. “I got to study more, work harder, and try to be a little bit wiser on the field.”
Other notes from Saturday’s mini-camp:
– Sparano said that Greg Camarillo, Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are all competing to be the No. 2 receiver opposite Brandon Marshall. Previously, it was thought that Bess was not really involved in the competition because he has mostly been used in the slot while Hartline and Camarillo would play on the outside. But Sparano said he plans to move Marshall all over the field – “like the Patriots do,” he said – meaning the second receiver also has to be able to play on the outside or in the slot. “Versatility is the best way to gain the edge, no question,” said Sparano, who also mentioned that there will be “plenty of at-bats” for all four receivers.
– For the second straight day, rookie third-rounder John Jerry played left guard with the First Team offensive line, though Donald Thomas likely has the leg up in the competition. “I wouldn’t put him up there if I didn’t think there was something that we really wanted to see,” Sparano said of Jerry. “The more reps we can get him at the highest speed, we feel that that will start to slow this thing down for him in the long run.”
– For the second straight day, Koa Misi (strong side) and Charlie Anderson (weak side) lined up as First Team outside linebackers, but the coaching staff is hoping Cam Wake eventually emerges as the starter. “My hope is that he can be an every down player,” Sparano said. “That’s why we brought him here. It wasn’t just to be a pass rush specialist.”
– Anderson, meanwhile, is in a make-or-break offseason. He’s in the final year of his contract, set to make $2.2 million, and has just 4.5 sacks in two years as an occasional starter. “The consistency thing has to happen,” Sparano said.
– Sparano had kind words to say about rookie free agent safety Jonathon Amaya, who had his second interception in as many days. “The ball comes to him. That’s what he’s shown me,” Sparano said. “And it’s funny, because in rookie camp, if you remember, he did the same thing. … It’s hard not to notice.”
– The same injured players sat out or were severely limited in Saturday’s practice – Jason Ferguson (quad), Marshall (hip), Lionel Dotson (shoulder), Channing Crowder (lisfranc fracture), Will Allen (ACL) and Nate Garner. Linebacker Brian Johnston had an excused absence, Sparano said.