Dallas Cowboys: Backup Quarterback Mike White is Done in Dallas

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Mike White #3 of the Dallas cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Mike White #3 of the Dallas cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

After another poor preseason performance, this may be the end for backup QB Mike White and his Dallas Cowboys career.

Stick a fork in him because he’s done. Once again Mike White logged significant snaps in preseason action and once again he failed to produce results. In the two games the Dallas Cowboys have played, White is a paltry 16 of 33 for 117 yards.

He has exactly zero touchdowns, one interception, and a fumble to show for it. The Dallas Cowboys even gave him a chance with the second unit last week, just in case it was his running mates that were to blame. But after producing more of the same, and seeing fellow backup Cooper Rush thrive again, that’s likely all she wrote for the second-year draft pick.

Yesterday, Sport DFW’s Dan Ruppert wrote a piece on Cooper Rush and how he’s seized the backup opportunity. Rush’s up-and-down career could have gone either way this season. But after watching him in training camp and throughout the preseason, it’s clear he’s on the “up” and is perfectly capable of manning the QB2 spot this season.

Mike White, on the other hand, has shown the exact opposite. It’s not like Cooper just outperformed White. It’s that White hasn’t even performed capably. He’s looked so uncomfortable and so inept, he’s not even worth a spot as a developmental prospect.

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After last week’s performance, it’s likely Dallas could sneak him on their practice squad without another team poaching him. But upon further reflection, he may not even be worth that. Not to be mean, but Mike White is suffering from a fatal case of no confidence. It doesn’t matter how tantalizing his arm is, he’s so uncomfortable in the pocket, he’ll never give himself the opportunity to succeed with it.

That’s not to say White can NEVER be an NFL QB. Again, the physical ability is there. It’s between the ears that’s messing with him right now. It’s one of those situations where a change of scenery is probably best for both parties.

Besides, Dallas appears to be interested in the rarely discussed QB4, Taryn Christion, as their practice squad signal caller. Christion has the ability to play a handful of positions and while he doesn’t have the ceiling of someone like White, he’s still an interesting prospect.

Heck, even Philip Nelson, someone Jon Kitna once compared to Tony Romo, is still out there to man the practice squad. The point is, Mike White is likely done with the Dallas Cowboys.

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It seems strange to cut a second year draft pick who the organization has dedicated so much time to developing, but that’s exactly where we are today. Mike White is done in Dallas.

  • Published on 08/22/2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Last updated at 08/22/2019 at 06:28 AM