Packers Annual Checkup: Myles White
FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Paul Imig gives an in-depth statistical analysis and film study of every Packers player in his annual offseason checkup. Check every weekday through mid-April for his latest report.
Myles White, wide receiver
Season stats: Seven games (125 snaps); nine catches, 12 targets, 66 yards, zero touchdowns, one dropped pass, forced two missed tackles, zero fumbles
ProFootballFocus.com season rating: minus-1.9 (ranked No. 15 out of 23 Packers offensive players)
Best game: Week 8 win at Minnesota (played 59 of 77 snaps; five catches (seven targets), 35 yards, zero touchdowns, one dropped pass, two forced missed tackles; minus-1.5 PFF rating)
Worst game: Week 7 win vs. Cleveland (played 48 of 72 snaps; one catch (two targets), nine yards, zero touchdowns, zero dropped passes, forced zero missed tackles; minus-1.1 PFF rating)Expectations at the start of the season: Low
Expectations were … Met
Looking live: Myles White was one of the original nine undrafted free agents that the Packers signed on May 10, 2013. In late July, White’s first training camp practice didn’t go so well for him. He was recognized as the first "So You Had a Bad Day" player in FOXSportsWisconsin.com’s Training Camp Report series by dropping back-to-back passes with no defenders in sight. Two days later, White was one of only two players to fumble during a ball-security drill. White was part of a large punt-return group early in camp, competing against Jeremy Ross and Randall Cobb, among others. He started to get it together in the receiving game by midway through camp, settling down and showing off his blazing speed without many mistakes accompanying it. White even had Aaron Rodgers’ attention by late August. "Myles White has had a consistent camp and has done some good things on offense and special teams for us," Rodgers said at the time. When it was time for the team’s final cutdowns, FOXSportsWisconsin.com accurately predicted that White wouldn’t make the active roster, but he was somewhat of a surprise to be named to the practice squad over Tyrone Walker. That was obviously a sign that the Packers liked White’s raw tools, even if he wasn’t close to putting them all together yet.
Upon further review: It only took White six weeks on the practice squad before he was needed for active-roster duty. On Oct. 15, 2013, White was promoted to replace Cobb, who was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. The Packers were so depleted by injury at that point that coach Mike McCarthy delivered his much talked about "Keep Calm and Carry On" speech to the team that week. "Myles has done something each day that you feel good about," McCarthy said about White soon after his call-up. In White’s NFL debut in Week 7, Green Bay’s depth chart at wide receiver was so thin (no Cobb, no James Jones) that he played 67 percent of the snaps. However, he barely registered on the box score, seeing only two targets from Rodgers in 48 snaps. White didn’t look very confident running routes, so Rodgers had very little reason to look his way often. A week later against the Cleveland Browns, White was up to playing 77 percent of the offensive snaps, and Rodgers clearly made it a point to get him involved. White caught five passes for 35 yards in that game, but with his long reception being for 15 yards (which was also his long for the season), he never had a chance to show off his downfield speed. Over the next five games, though, White only played a total of 15 snaps. And, on Dec. 10, White was placed on injured reserve after partially tearing his meniscus when his foot got caught in the dirt after a five-yard catch against Atlanta in Week 14.
Overall 2013 grade: C-minus
Status for 2014: Thirty percent chance of being on the Packers’ active roster to begin the 2014 regular season. The offseason departure of Jones helps White’s chances, but he’s still behind Cobb, Nelson and Jarrett Boykin on the depth chart. Plus, Green Bay will want to take another look at 2013 seventh-round pick Kevin Dorsey, as well as Chris Harper. There’s also the strong possibility that the Packers draft a wide receiver, especially considering that they’ve now lost Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jones in the past two offseasons. White has one significant, game-changing talent — speed. If he can put the rest of his game together and be more sure-handed, he could find his way onto Green Bay’s roster again.
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