Mike White’s Performance Doesn’t Yet Justify Keeping 3 QBs

    When the decided to use a fifth round pick on Western Kentucky's , it became likely the team would go with 3 quarterbacks on the active roster in 2018.

    White, known for his arm strength and poise, was expected to compete with for the job during , and potentially cement himself as a piece through his performance.

    In actuality, Mike White has not performed up to snuff, and has failed to provide much reason for the Cowboys to keep 3 quarterbacks at all. Especially as heated position battles elsewhere, such as , will likely result talented players being cut by camps end.

    Defensive ends like have earned their right to be on the final 53 man roster, and cutting talented rushers or receivers in favor of a development isn't a great idea. Especially not when your starting quarterback is only in his third season.

    Prescott is sort of a developmental QB in his own right, and while I understand the thought process behind stockpiling young quarterbacks, White hasn't shown enough yet to “steal” a spot from a more deserving position player.

    Plus, his competition for the QB2 job, Cooper Rush, is coming off a strong , and has looked better than White thus far in 2018.

    Sean's Scout: Offense, TE Usage, Defensive Line Rotation Stand Out at 49ers
    Aug 9, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Mike White (3) hands off the ball to (44) against the during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    During his home debut for the Cowboys, White completed 50% of his passes for just 76 yards on 4.8 yards per attempt. He also took two , though the backup did him absolutely no favors. Without in the game, the has looked incredibly lethargic. An already less-than-explosive offense has been downright bad when going to their second unit.

    This speaks to a bigger roster construction issue which has reared its head during the second halves of preseason games thus far, but White hasn't been great either.

    It's possible that the Cowboys could keep Mike White on the , though he could potentially be snatched up before making it there. Based on his performance thus far, and the current make up of the Cowboys' roster, practice squad is the way to go for White.

    This doesn't mean he's a wasted pick, or that he has no future with the Cowboys, but he is pretty clearly not ready to contribute to the 2018 version of this team. Maybe he will overtake Rush for the backup job in time, but that time is not now.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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    Chuck Wright

    Dallas was bent on drafting a developmental QB despite having a very good developmental QB on the roster. So while I said Mike White wasn’t the guy (in my couch coach opinion), they stuck to their board and failed to take the 1 Tech they REALLY needed. . ..same issue I had with the LB. . . .his teammate a better pick.

    Still, thought the draft was very good over all and you can’t nit pick. . ..even though I do. . . .