During all of our discussions this offseason about the competition for the final couple of roster spots at the wide receiver position, there is one player we have mentioned but pretty much glossed over. That would be Myles White, who played in 12 games and caught seven for the Giants last season.
Let's rectify that today by taking a closer look at White as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp later this month.
2015 Season in Review
A 6-foot, 190-pounder out of Louisiana Tech, White entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers. He caught nine passes that year, but spent 2014 on the Green Bay practice squad. The Packers cut White at the end of the 2015 preseason, and he quickly landed on the Giants' practice squad. That, perhaps, was logical because then-offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was familiar with White from his time with the Packers. White, of course, already knew McAdoo's offense.
White benefitted from the calf injury that cost Victor Cruz the 2015 season. Needing an extra wide receiver, the Giants added White to the active roster when Daniel Fells was placed on IR with MRSA in early October.
White's seven catches came on 20 targets, a completion percentage of only 35 percent. White had multiple receptions in only one game, the Week 16 game during which Odell Beckham Jr. was suspended. White caught two passes in four targets that night for 34 yards and a touchdown.
One significant note from last season. White did dress for the final seven games of the season. Then-rookie sixth-round pick Geremy Davis was inactive for the final six games.
2016 Season Outlook
So, here is the question. Does White's familiarity with the offense and his prior connection to McAdoo, now the head coach, give him an advantage in the competition for the last couple of receiver spots on the 53-man roster? The answer is -- we'll find out in a few weeks.
Coming out of spring practices White, Davis, Darius Powe and Roger Lewis would appear to be the four receivers with the best shots at those final roster spots. White has 4.42 speed, the McAdoo connection and familiarity with the offense. His biggest disadvantage might be size, as Davis, Powe and Lewis are all bigger. With Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Dwayne Harris and Odell Beckham Jr. all capable of rotating into the slot, the Giants could be looking for a couple of bigger-bodied receivers to fill out the roster.
White will also have to show that he can be a more reliable target for Eli Manning than he was last year. The 35 percent catch rate included two drops in 20 targets, an unacceptable 10 percent.