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Perhaps one of the most popular picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, every Dolphins fan is excited to see former West Virginia quarterback Patrick White line up in the famed "Wildcat" formation.
The biggest question is, how many touches will Pat White receive each game? I don't think anybody outside the coaches' office in LandShark Stadium holds the answer to that one.
I'm guessing around five plays per game, but that number could definitely run high because I'd love to see a lot of Pat White out on the football field. Utilizing White in the shotgun would be an excellent idea, simply because he's so comfortable with the shotgun coming from West Virginia.
The Dolphins could have Ronnie Brown hand him the ball on a "jet-sweep" play, where White would line up as a receiver and motion across the formation, and have Brown hand White the ball running full speed.
There are so many formations you could use with Pat White—the possibilities truly are endless. I have a feeling Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning is definitely going to explore his options.
Here's a play: Have White line up on the far right side of the field as a receiver. Then have Chad Pennington take the snap in the shotgun, only to hand the ball off to White—who is running full speed on a reverse pass play. He could make the decision whether or not to toss it up to Ted Ginn Jr. for a deep ball.
Teams will have to respect the run with Pat White so he's going to really help keep defenses honest. That will also help open for his passing lanes on reverse passes and "Wildcat" plays.
White lining up in the shotgun and throwing a "bubble-screen" to a receiver like Davone Bess? Oh buddy, that's gonna be like being on the playground again for White. It was one of his bread-and-butter plays at West Virginia. He'll be singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads" before you know it!
Just imagine having Pat White in the shotgun, with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown flanking him in the backfield. What about having Ronnie Brown line up on his right side and then run the "zone-read" play, where White can either fake the hand-off to Ronnie Brown and throw it, fake the hand-off and decide to run it, or just hand it off to Brown?
Offensive coordinator Dan Henning's grease board has to be smoking from the possibilities. He's told his players that he's fired up about the 2009 season and with a jack-of-all trades type of player like Pat White in the Wildcat, why wouldn't he be?