What Jarvis Landry said after he’s traded from Miami Dolphins

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry helped raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Palm Beach Post).

MIAMI GARDENS — Jarvis Landry’s likely last appearance as a Miami Dolphin came at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday night.

Landry hosted “Jarvis Jam,” a long-planned event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Landry learned earlier in the day that he will soon be traded to the Cleveland Browns.

“As stressful as it may seem, I tried to enjoy (the process),” Landry said. “I’m happy. I’m happy. I can live with what’s happened, because I know that I gave my all, all the time.”

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Landry is raising about $100,000 with his involvement in Friday’s special event.

“It’s everything, man,” Landry said. “To have the opportunity to use my platform to raise awareness about CF. And to have this event here, with a whole bunch of special people. And it’s been a success.”

Landry said that he left everything he had on the field in the for years he played for the Dolphins.

“I don’t have any regrets,” said Landry, who added that he did not have input in the Cleveland trade decision.

“Just going through the whole process with my agent and it kind of worked out that way,” Landry said.

Landry was asked specifically about his feelings about Cleveland and his future.

“I’m excited man,” he said. “I’m excited about the next chapter in my life. Most of all, I’m excited about the next chapter in my life. And creating this moment. And these memories. And this is a hell of a last memory, right here. Tonight is a hell of a last memory. So — that’s it.”

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BREAKING: Miami Dolphins trade away Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is gone. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

No wide receiver in NFL history has more catches in his first four seasons than Jarvis Landry.

And now, Landry is gone.

The Miami Dolphins traded away Landry on Friday, according to a league source, sending him to the Cleveland Browns for draft picks.

Landry exceeded expectations as a second-round draft choice out of LSU in 2014.

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The three greatest reception seasons in Dolphins history were turned in by Landry, who endeared himself to the fan base with his trademark style of effort, determination and competitiveness.

As a rookie, Landry posted 84 catches. In 2015, 110 catches.

In 2016, Landry nabbed 94 catches. And then in 2017, Landry led the entire league with 112 catches.

But it wasn’t enough to keep Landry in South Florida, where he so badly hoped to stay.

The Dolphins franchise-tagged Landry, because they didn’t want to lose him to free agency with no compensation. But the odds that Landry would play on the one-year contract worth around $16 million were slim.

And Miami didn’t seem determined to lock Landry, 25, up on a four- or five-year contract. Though a source said Miami at one point early in the process offered Landry around $13.5 million and season and Landry sought around $14.5 million a season, no compromise could be reached.

It was about money, but not only about money.

The Dolphins worried about Landry’s sometimes volatile temperament. And they also wished he would show greater attention to detail, on and off the field at times.

Although it was largely a product of what he was asked to do in Miami’s offense, Landry had only 8.8 yards per reception in 2017 and averaged 10.1 yards per reception over his career.

One positive is that Landry scored nine touchdowns last season, far more than any other in his career.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase was almost always an advocate of Landry, and even a defender of Landry.

Asked at the recent NFL Scouting Combine about the void that would be left by Landry, Gase did not downplay his contribution.

“I think anytime you have a player that’s really been elite at his spot, if that guy’s not there, we found this out last year, at least we felt at the quarterback position it makes a big difference and you have to make adjustments,” Gase said. “That’s why we’re trying to make sure we put this team together the right way.”

The Dolphins had allowed Landry and his agent, Damarius Bilbo, to inquire about which teams would be willing partners in a sign-and-trade. Among the teams that emerged as contenders were the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.

Some of the teams Landry would have been enthusiastic about playing for were not interested in giving Miami compensation as well as making Landry one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.

Landry was described by some as a wide receiver in a running backs body, and with a running back mentality. Landry, listed at 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, sometimes made plays that seemed improbable for a man of his size.

Landry never shied away from contact, was a willing blocker and had a propensity to make thrilling one-handed catches, like his close friend Odell Beckham, Jr., of the New York Giants.

At times Landry lost control of his emotions. He drew fines. And ejection. And Miami was hoping that all that would not have a negative impact on their desire for him to take an increased leadership role.

In four seasons, Landry emerged as a favorite of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But in those four seasons, Miami never won a playoff game.

Landry had 102 receiving yards in a loss at Pittsburgh at the end of the 2016 season.

Fearless, Landry asked Miami to remain on punt and kickoff returns, even after he became a Pro Bowler. Landry has been a Pro Bowler for three consecutive seasons.

The Dolphins will need a long-awaited breakout season from DeVante Parker and even more production from Kenny Stills. Surely Miami will look to add a capable slot receiver in free agency or the NFL Draft.

Landry will go down as one of the greatest receivers in Dolphins history, mentioned fairly in the same breath as legends Mark Clayton, Mark Duper and Nat Moore.

Landry wanted to end his career in Miami.

But NFL stories rarely end in fairy tale fashion.

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2018 NFL Free Agents: Best available backups for Ryan Tannehill

Teddy Bridgewater plans to return from a very serious knee injury that has limited him to two passes in two seasons. But could be a valuable backup in Miami? (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Miami Dolphins are planning to enter 2018 with Ryan Tannehill as their starting quarterback.

This does not preclude Miami from drafting a quarterback as high as the first round, if coach Adam Gase endears himself to one.

But it does not appear the Dolphins plan to bring back veteran Matt Moore, so another veteran addition is likely.

Obviously Miami won’t be in on players like Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum. But there are some familiar names that will cost much less.

Here are 14 of the the free agent quarterbacks Gase may deem worth evaluating:

(We have chosen to sort them by career quarterback rating.)

  1. Teddy Bridgewater, 26, Minnesota Vikings, $1.7 million in 2017, 28 starts (17-11), 86.3 rating
  2. Mike Glennon, 28, Chicago Bears, $15 million in 2017, 22 starts (6-16), 83.2 rating
  3. Chase Daniel, 31, New Orleans Saints, $900,000 in 2017, 2 starts (1-1), 81.1 rating
  4. Josh McCown, 38, New York Jets, $6 million in 2017, 73 starts (23-50), 80.8 rating
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick, 35, Tampa Bay Bucs, $3 million in 2017, 119 starts (48-70-1), 79.9 rating
  6. Brandon Weeden, 34, Tennesee Titans, $775,000 in 2017, 25 starts (6-19), 76.0 rating
  7. Chad Henne, 32, Jacksonville Jaguars, $3.3 million in 2017, 53 starts (18-35), 75.5 rating
  8. Mark Sanchez, 31, Chicago Bears, $2 million in 2017, 72 starts (37-35), 73.9 rating
  9. Geno Smith, 27, New York Giants, $1.2 million in 2017, 31 starts (11-19), 72.9 rating
  10. Tom Savage, 27, Houston Texans, $630,000 in 2017, 9 starts (2-7), 72.5 rating
  11. Derek Anderson, 34, Carolina Panthers, $2.4 million in 2017, 47 starts (20-27), 71.1 rating
  12. T.J. Yates, 30, Houston Texans, $775,000 in 2017, 10 starts (4-6), 70.7 rating
  13. Drew Stanton, 33, Arizona Cardinals, $3.3 million in 2017, 17 starts (11-6), 66.3 rating
  14. Matt Barkley, 27, Arizona Cardinals, $775,000 in 2017, 6 starts (1-5), 63.7 rating

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How does Miami Dolphins salary cap rollover space compare in NFL?

Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to make $26.1 dollars this season. (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins are rolling over $69,161 dollars in unused salary cap space into 2018, according to the NFL Players Association.

No NFL team will carry over less.

If the Dolphins hadn’t had to sign Jay Cutler as an emergency replacement for Ryan Tannehill, their situation would have been different.

Teams are allowed to carry over space they did not spend into the next season.

For example, the Cleveland Browns will have up to $58.9 million more than the salary cap to spend in 2018.

Other teams with plenty of extra money to spend include the San Francisco 49ers ($56 million), Tennessee Titans ($30.3 million), Jacksonville Jaguars ($27.7 million), New York Jets ($17.3 million) and Indianapolis Cots ($16.8 million).

Among the teams that do not have a lot of carryover money: Seattle Seahawks ($547,000), Philadelphia Eagles ($514,000), New York Giants ($365,000) and New Orleans Saints ($287,000).

The New England Patriots will carry over $3 million and the Buffalo Bills will carry over $11.6 million.

The Dolphins plan to clear salary cap space by releasing linebacker Lawrence Timmons and tight end Julius Thomas.

It is also possible that Miami can restructure the contracts of players such as Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Tannehill. Suh is scheduled to count $26.1 million against the cap this season. Tannehill is scheduled to count $19.8 million.

The Dolphins may also choose to also release right tackle Ja’Wuan James, who is under team control for a fifth season.

If those things happen, Miami will need to locate a linebacker, tight end, running back, guard or tackle and probably at least one quarterback in free agency and the draft.

One thing Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has shown is a willingness to spend in any way his football department believes the club can be strengthened.

For now, Miami also needs to hold a $16 million place for franchise-tagged Jarvis Landry.

But a sign-and-trade or a long-term deal are two options that would very likely reduce his salary cap hit.

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Kneeling-related boycott? Actually, Miami Dolphins’ home attendance is up

Fans hold up Stand Up signs for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) as he kneels during the national anthem at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 27, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

It’s an emotionally charged topic and has been for nearly two years. Whenever the subject of players kneeling during the national anthem is raised, inevitably there’s a vocal group of fans who say they now prefer to be known as former fans.

And while it’s undeniable that the league has taken a hit because of the protests, it cannot be said that large numbers of Dolphins fans are avoiding Hard Rock Stadium because of it.

In fact, when figures for recent Dolphins home games are compared to the pre-protest era, they reveal a slight uptick in attendance.

The Dolphins averaged 65,228 tickets distributed for the seven games at Hard Rock Stadium this past season. And they averaged 65,512 in 2016, when four members of the Dolphins first joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling to protest social inequality. But both figures are greater than the 64,795 from the protest-free 2015 season. The 2017 attendance represented a 0.67 percent increase over 2015.

None of the above figures include the Dolphins’ two games in London over the past three years. Those games both drew more than 83,000 fans but including them would artificially inflate the home attendance average by a 2,000 per game.

The Dolphins were 16th in the NFL in home attendance last season after ranking 21st in 2016 and 17th in 2015.

The leaders in total home attendance this past season were Dallas (741,775 home tickets distributed), Green Bay (624,742), and the Jets (620,496). Bringing up the rear were Cincinnati (552,316) and the Chargers (202,687).

For as much as everyone likes to poke fun at the hapless Cleveland Browns, their home attendance managed to finish ahead of the Bengals and Chargers plus Indianapolis, Pittsburgh (that’s no misprint), Chicago, Tampa Bay and Oakland.

The Cowboys, Packers and Giants led in total attendance for 2017 and the best road draws were the Chargers, Seahawks and Patriots.

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How Josh McDaniels’ decision to stay with Pats hurts the Dolphins

Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots is staying put. Bad career move? Maybe. But also bad for the Dolphins. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

So much for the New England Patriots losing both coordinators in one off-season.

So much for the removing of a key block in the Patriots’ rock-solid foundation.

Yes, yes, it’s Andrew Luck and Indianapolis Colts fans and ownership who should be most disappointed — even outraged! — at McDaniels’ decision to reverse course so late in the process and not become their head coach.

But Dolphins fans should be disappointed, too.

Because love McDaniels or hate McDaniels, respect his decision or loathe it, he’s a really good offensive coordinator.

And one guy you know is a bit happier today is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

And since when have Dolphins fans wanted to see Brady happy?

OK, perhaps if you dislike Jay Ajayi that much. But were you really rooting for Brady over Ajayi?

It’s hard to say if McDaniels has some sort of verbal promise to succeed Bill Belichick when he steps aside (that will, like, eventually happen, right?) So it’s hard to know the longest-term impact this decision may have on the Miami franchise.

What if McDaniels takes all those things he learned from Belichick and uses them against Miami as Patriots coach from 2020-2038?

Will the Dolphins still be looking for a tight end, a guard and — their next Dan Marino — in 2038?

And will Adam Gase be competing with his good friend McDaniels for many or all of those years?

It turns out that Gase learned many of his approaches to coaching and play-calling from McDaniels, when they worked together in Denver, and McDaniels was the head coach. How do we know?

“I know offensively, I learned probably the majority of the things that I lean on, from him,” Gase said prior to a meeting with the Patriots last season.

So, there you have it.

It would have been interesting to see Gase take on the Colts and McDaniels in a regular-season road game in 2018.

But now Gase and the Dolphins have to face McDaniels and Brady twice in 2018. And twice in 2019. And twice…

We think. Who knows when this will all end?

Gase is very, very candid (we love that about him) when it comes to effusive praise for McDaniels. And the statistics tell the story.

The Patriots offense has been more productive under McDaniels than it was under legendary (I guess) offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

It is true that Weis helped guide the Patriots to 3 Super Bowl wins in 3 Super Bowl appearances.

It is also true that McDaniels has only helped guide the Patriots to 2 Super Bowl wins in 4 Super Bowl appearances.

But McDaniels is 12-6 against the Dolphins as a play-caller and Weis, strangely, was only 6-6, even losing twice to Miami during Super Bowl-winning seasons.

And McDaniels’ offenses have been better than Weis’ when compared to NFL peers in the areas of points per game and yards per game.

The average McDaniels offense finishes 3rd in the NFL in points and 5th in the NFL in yards.

The average Weis offense finished 11th in the NFL in points and 16th in the NFL in yards.

Some will note that the Patriots, Belichick and Weis weren’t good in 2000, and had Drew Bledsoe as quarterback in Belichick’s only losing season. But McDaniels made no excuses, and won, with Matt Cassel in 2008.

We can’t all have Tom Brady all the time. And he can’t possibly play forever, can he?

Back to Gase and McDaniels.

Gase says McDaniels is good because he:

  1. Identifies mismatches
  2. Moves players around the field to create constant defensive adjustment
  3. Shows a formation he’s never used and then never even goes back to it
  4. Opens each game with varied formations and tempos
  5. Maximizes every advantage Tom Brady gives the team

Brady gives the Patriots an advantage? Yes, we suppose.

“They have good players; but at the same time, he puts those guys in really good position,” Gase said of McDaniels last season.

There are many who wonder how long Belichick can last and how long Brady can stay so good and if the reported friction between Brady and Belichick and ownership could soon lead to this dynasty crumbling under the weight of all those Super Bowl trophies.

Yes, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is leaving. Yes, Rob Gronkowski appears to be considering retirement.

But it can’t be all that bad in the New England football offices.

After all, Josh McDaniels all but had his bags packed, and decided to stay.

In fact, he decided he couldn’t leave.

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NFL Draft 2018: Could Dallas Goedert solve Miami Dolphins’ tight end woes?

South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert is a monster. The Miami Dolphins could really, really use a monster tight end. It’s been too long. (Getty Images)

MOBILE, Ala. — It’s only been 25 years since the Miami Dolphins had a Pro Bowl tight end.

We’re not saying that’s a long time, but, Keith Jackson (1993) and Ferrell Edmunds (1989 and 1990) would be a trivia question even the most diehard Dolphins fans might have a hard time answering.

It’s not as if the Dolphins haven’t tried lately, even adding former Pro Bowlers Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas over the past three off-seasons. In neither case did it work.

What if Miami’s tight end solution actually came in this year’s NFL Draft? And what if the man to finally end the drought was a former walk-on at South Dakota State?

Dallas Goedert may be the best player in a deep and talented tight end class. And it’s also possible the 6-4, 260-pound monster may be available for Miami in the second round.

“People tend to forget where people went to college once they get to the NFL,” Goedert said at the Senior Bowl. “Just because it’s just one pool there. There are definitely great athletes at all different levels.”

Goedert is inspired by Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the North Dakota State product. There haven’t been too many prominent professional athletes from the Dakotas, but he could work for the tourism department.

“Rapid City, Mount Rushmore, it’s really beautiful,” Goedert said. “National parks. Elk and deer and antelope.”

So how would he feel about South Beach and South Florida?

“Wherever I go I’m going to fit in,” Goedert said. “I think I’m a very likeable guy.”

Goedert is. And he’s also got a very interesting back story.

Goedert was most interested in basketball at an early age. But he was an excellent all-around athlete, participating in skiing, skating, kayaking, soccer, softball, wrestling and even — unicycling.

“I played just about every sport growing up,” said Goedert, who unicycled because it is a family tradition. “Football wasn’t a first love. I wasn’t able to play padded football until seventh grade. But I was playing basketball ever since I was 5 years old. I liked it more because I was able to play it. But football is definitely my love right now.”

Goedert draws comparisons to Pro Bowl tight ends Jason Witten and Zach Ertz.

“Athleticism and playmaking ability,” Goedert says of his strengths.

It was an incredible one-handed catch featured on Sportscenter that actually added to the lore as word began to spread about the talents of a South Dakota State NFL draft prospect.

“I’ve had a fair share of one-handed catches throughout my career,” Goedert said. “Every time I do it, the coach says, ‘You’ve got to use two!’ I’d be lying if I said I didn’t practice them. It’s kind of like Odell (Beckham) when you see him do that in warmups. I tend to do that and kind of hope fans are watching me. And see something they enjoy.”

Growing up in a very small town, the coach of Goedert’s high school football team decided to use him in a variety of roles.

In addition to tight end, Goedert was used at inside linebacker, quarterback and running back.

“And safety and punt and kick returner and punter and kicker as well,” he said.

Goedert knows he needs to continue to develop as a blocker. But he could be a very dangerous red-zone weapon and he has the skill set to cause damage in the middle of the field.

“One of my strengths is kind of an option route, with the option to go in or out and bang the man or find a soft spot in the zone,” he said.

The Dolphins need to add a youthful tight end, either in the draft or free agency.

“I’m out to show that I can compete, play and win at this level, not just be one of the guys,” Goedert said. “But in the top tier of guys.”

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After Super Bowl victory, Jay Ajayi lashes out at those who ‘throw dirt on your name’

Jay Ajayi of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Former Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi took to Instagram in an apparent call-out of his critics.

In the post, Ajayi is holding and kissing the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy.

Ajayi writes: “THEY may have tried to discredit you, discount you, throw dirt on your name…none of it matters now. LEGACIES LAST FOREVER. funny how they were GASsEd over journalistic…look at me now. ONLY GOD. YURP^”

It seems clear that Ajayi is upset that journalists (many of whom he blocked on Twitter after his departure from South Florida) outlined some of the reasons the Dolphins chose to move on from the Pro Bowl running back.

After the Dolphins traded Ajayi to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick at the end of October, multiple reports (including in the Daily Dolphin) indicated the reasons extended beyond Ajayi’s skill level and concerns about the long-term viability of his knees.

Ajayi, as it was reported, was sometimes perceived as pouty and/or self-centered.

He can also now be perceived, correctly, as a Super Bowl champion.

Ajayi ran 9 times for 57 yards (6.3 yards per carry) in Philadelphia’s defeat of New England Sunday night.

Ajayi clearly still has a positive relationship with some ex-teammates.

During the week, Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake put out some photos taken with Ajayi on social media.

After the game, Dolphins star Jarvis Landry tweeted a series of train emojis and put out an Instagram image of an apparent post-game video chat.

“God don’t make mistakes @jaytrain,” Landry wrote.

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Super Bowl LII: Eagles’ trick play TD borrowed from Dolphins’ offensive coordinator

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is a Super Bowl MVP. He even caught a touchdown pass on Sunday night. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

If Adam Gase is ever in position to go for it on a red-zone fourth down at the Super Bowl, perhaps he’ll go to this play, a bold call that sparked Philadelphia’s upset of New England on Sunday night.

If Gase is ever in position to make a daring statement that the Miami Dolphins will not play afraid, perhaps he’ll go to the trick play that Eagles coach Doug Pederson chose. It was a play the Eagles actually borrowed from newly-hired Miami offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.

The Eagles led the Patriots, 15-12, with less than a minute left in the first half and the ball at the Patriots’ 1-yard line. Instead of playing it safe, Pederson, the former Dolphins’ quarterback, called a play designed to end with quarterback Nick Foles catching a touchdown pass.

And it worked. And it set a tone for the rest of the game.

Foles lined up in the shotgun and walked up to the line of scrimmage to fake a protection call. The ball was then snapped to running back Corey Clement, who quickly pitched to tight end Trey Burton, the former Florida Gator and and a free agent who should interest the Dolphins.

Burton, who played some quarterback in Gainesville, then calmly passed to Foles, who had snuck out in the right flat untouched.

“I trust my players, I trust my coaches and I trust my instincts,” Pederson said. “I trust everything I’m doing, and I want to maintain that aggressiveness. In games like this, against a great opponent, you have to make those tough decisions that way and keep yourself aggressive.”

It’s a call one could reasonably suggest Gase might make, given the opportunity.

And it turns out the man Gase just hired inspired the Eagles’ decision to install what they call “Philly Special.”

After the game, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said the team had seen Bears tight end Cam Meredith throw a touchdown pass to quarterback Matt Barkley out of the same formation.

At the time, Loggains, who has a successful track record of installing trick plays, was Chicago’s offensive coordinator.

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NFL Draft 2018: Is Mike White the right QB choice for Miami Dolphins?

Mike White  of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers throws the ball against the Florida International Golden Panthers. White could be on Miami’s radar. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

MOBILE, Ala. —  Mike White’s favorite quarterback is Tom Brady.

But we can forgive White for the moment, and yes, even if he ends up as a draft pick of the Miami Dolphins, because the Dolphins are his team as a native of Pembroke Pines and former star at University School in Fort Lauderdale.

“I want to play for the Dolphins,” White clarified, during a break at the Senior Bowl last week.

The Dolphins need to add a young quarterbacks to their stable, whether it’s a first-rounder like Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen, or a projected mid-rounder like White.

White had an excellent week of Senior Bowl practice and and excellent Senior Bowl game, and in a very, very deep quarterback draft class, he’s the kind of quarterback coach Adam Gase could view as an excellent developmental player.

Now, this is where it could get a bit awkward, if that actually happens.

White began his college career at USF, but transferred to Western Kentucky, at the recommendation of friend Brandon Doughty. Yes, the Doughty who plays quarterback now for the Dolphins and was a former 7th-round pick out of Western Kentucky.

Doughty and White are two of the greatest quarterbacks in Hilltoppers history and White succeeded Doughty after sitting out behind him following the transfer. So would it be difficult if he ended up competing with Doughty for say, a Dolphins roster spot?

“It would be different,” White said. “But first and foremost I would be shell-shocked. Because growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and being able to put those colors would be awesome. I know my grandfather would be at every single open practice. At the end of the day we’re both professionals. By no means would it be anything besides just competing. And pushing each other to get better. At the end of the day we’re winners and we want to win whether that’s Brandon or myself or Ryan Tannehill. We just want to win and I’m sure that would be the priority between us.”

White is now a resident of Boca Raton, training in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine. He’s a bit of a sleeper, but has all the physical attributes required and thus the sleeper tag has sort of been wearing off the more NFL teams closely study him.

White is 6-feet-4, 221 pounds, and as important, he posted 63 touchdowns, 15 interceptions with 66.4 percent completions and a passer rating of 158.1 at Western Kentucky.

“My strength is just throwing the ball,” White said. “Everything that comes with being a passer. Accuracy. Arm strength. Decision making. Being able to sit in the pocket and stare down the barrel of a gun and still deliver a ball. Whether that’s taking a couple of shots or making some subtle movements.”

White’s arm strength can be traced to his days as a dominant pitcher at University. White was a high-school All-American with a 90 mile-per-hour fastball, a 9-2 record and 0.43 earned run average. Many felt his future was in baseball.

One of the most intriguing things about White is his late-bloomer status.

“I played baseball since I was 2 years old, all the way through high school and never really got into football seriously as a quarterback until high school,” White said. “And I didn’t get to play until my senior year. So I had one year of film, really. I didn’t have any junior film. So it was hard to get recruited because nobody had any film to base it off of.”

After two seasons at USF, former coach Willie Taggert went to a spread-option offense and so he transferred to Western after discussing the matter with Doughty.

“We had known each other, worked with the same QB coach (Ken Mastrole), from the same area,” White said. “And he reached out to me and said we might have an opening. It was perfect timing because I had to sit out during his last year. So when he left I kind of got the chance to step in and play for two years. And it turned out to be one of the better decisions I’ve made.”

According to a scouting report on NFL.com, White has “arm talent” and “accuracy” and “throws a catchable ball.” On the downside, the report indicates White can have a tendency to drop his eyes under pressure and was responsible for some sacks.

White says he’s continued to work on his footwork. Though he’s played in three different offensive schemes in four seasons, he views that as a strength.

“I was happy to be able to put so many offenses in my tool belt and kind of use that to help me at the next level,” White said.

White said many of his high school-aged friends are playing minor league baseball. But he is fully committed to football.

“Baseball is dead to me right now,” White said. “I’m living the dream with football. All my guys that are in the minors text me about the bus rides and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I’m like, ‘Well I’m hanging out in Mobile, Alabama, eating shrimp and grits and pork tenderloins. Just kind of hanging with the NFL guys.’ So they can have the bus rides and I’m going to ride this football thing out.”

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