The Washington Redskins have decided to release quarterback Pat White, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, in order to give a roster spot to kicker John Potter, who was recently signed with starting kicker Kai Forbath out with a groin injury. White’s release is most likely temporary, because the Redskins are simply clearing some space and viewed a fourth quarterback as being the most expendable player. Mike Shanahan stated that he had no problem with keeping White as a fourth quarterback due to his evaluation of White, and I expect him to be re-signed following tomorrow’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
I highly doubt somebody picks up Pat White by then, and the Redskins will just roll with three quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Rex Grossman on the 53-man roster. White’s inclusion on the 53 following the preseason was somewhat of a surprise, but the 27-year-old should be back soon.
Potter is just a one-game replacement for Forbath, who will almost certainly be ready to play in Week 3, and there’s an even greater chance that White will not be claimed on waivers. But, then again, all it takes is one team to be just as enamored enough with White’s raw talent as the Redskins to sign him whilst looking over his lack of practice squad eligibility. By the way, a quick note on Potter is that he’s always been listed as a Redskins emergency option at kicker in case of an injury to Forbath, as they actually signed him to the team back in June.