It hasn’t been an easy five months for White, the rookie wide receiver out of Western Michigan who had an impressive rookie minicamp then was injured just a couple weeks later during Organized Team Activities (OTAs). White had to undergo surgery for a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot, having a screw placed into the foot and he is just now starting to get back to the form that saw him become the talk of rookie minicamp.
It was a non-contact injury that he suffered during a special teams drill when he made a bad cut, the result perhaps of a pre-existing stress fracture.
Either way, it forced White to the sidelines and saw him miss valuable time this summer.
“I think I’m ready, this week I’ve felt the best I’ve felt since I’ve been here; just been continuing to improve,” White told The Jets Blog. “I think I’ve had a few good days, just trying to put together back-to-back good practices.”
The timing is ideal for White as the Jets group of pass catchers is thin both in numbers but also in terms of talent. Only this past week did tight end Dustin Keller and second round pick wide receiver Stephen Hill return to full health from their hamstring injuries. If White continues to progress, there’s a very good chance he can move from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
And from there to the game day roster; it is a conversation he’s had with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.
“I see myself obviously being the next guy up, I’m ready to contribute. I’ve talked to Sanjay about it, he said to be ready. Study the playbook, study the opponent, be ready,” White said.
“For me, it’s just stay healthy for one and then also be consistent. A lot of competition here obviously going up against the best cornerbacks in the league and a host of safeties and other cornerbacks who play at a high level.”
His development, he says, is coming along well. A consensus All-American last year at Western Michigan, White is a proven pass catcher who just needs to get better and grow. There isn’t one particular part of his game that needs to improve but just the overall affect.
“I’m not getting held up on one thing in particular, it is really the whole curve,” White said. “It isn’t just one thing, it is getting all around better and a lot of people coming out of college have to do that, especially receivers.”
Kristian R. Dyer covers the Jets for Metro New York and contributes to The Jets Blog @KristianRDyer