Kerrith Whyte
No. 38 – Denver Broncos
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-31) October 31, 1996 (age 25)
Loxahatchee, Florida
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Seminole Ridge
College:Florida Atlantic
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 222
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2021
Rushing yards:122
Rushing average:5.1
Rushing touchdowns:0
Receptions:1
Receiving yards:9
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Kerrith Whyte Jr. (born October 31, 1996) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida Atlantic, and was selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers,

College career

Whyte attended Florida Atlantic, where he spent his career behind starting back Devin Singletary.[1] In 2018, Whyte recorded a career-high 134 carries for 866 yards and eight touchdowns, along with 19 kickoff returns for an average of 28.7 yards and a touchdown.[2]

He ended his FAU career with 232 total carries for 1,358 and 11 touchdowns, 22 receptions for 327 yards and two touchdowns, and an 81 kickoff return for 26.1 average yards and two scores.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
197 lb
(89 kg)
29+78 in
(0.76 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.37 s 1.57 s 2.53 s 4.37 s 7.20 s 42.0 in
(1.07 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
21 reps
All values from Pro Day[3]

Before the 2019 NFL Draft, Whyte participated at FAU's Pro Day, where he recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.36 seconds; the time would have been the second fastest at the NFL Scouting Combine.[1]

Chicago Bears

In the seventh round, the Chicago Bears drafted Whyte with the 222nd-overall pick. Bears running back coach Charles London had conducted a private workout with Whyte at FAU prior to the draft.[2] He signed his four-year rookie contract on May 13.[4] He was waived on September 26 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[5][6]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On November 16, 2019, Whyte was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers off the Bears' practice squad.[7] Due to injuries to the Steelers' top running backs, on December 8, 2019, Whyte accounted for 74 total yards in a win against the Arizona Cardinals. In the 2019 season, Whyte totaled 24 carries for 122 rushing yards in six games.[8]

On September 5, 2020, Whyte was waived by the Steelers.[9]

Detroit Lions

On September 9, 2020, Whyte was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad.[10] He was placed on the practice squad/injured list on October 6.[11]

Buffalo Bills

On August 24, 2021, Whyte signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.[12] He was waived six days later.[13]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 12, 2021, Whyte was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.[14] The Jaguars released him on November 8.[15]

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers signed Whyte to their practice squad on November 16, 2021.[16] He was released on November 25.[17]

Denver Broncos

On November 30, 2021, Whyte was signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad.[18]

References

  1. ^ a b Evenson, John (April 24, 2019). "FAU's Kerrith Whyte confident that this could be a 'special' NFL Draft for him". WPEC. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Mayer, Larry (April 27, 2019). "Bears pick RB Kerrith Whyte in Round 7". Chicago Bears. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Kerrith Whyte Jr., Florida Atlantic, RB, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  4. ^ Campbell, Rich (May 13, 2019). "Bears sign draft picks Riley Ridley, Kerrith Whyte and Stephen Denmark". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Finley, Patrick (September 26, 2019). "Bears cut rookie RB Kerrith Whyte, re-sign TE Bradley Sowell". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Barbieri, Alyssa (September 27, 2019). "Bears sign RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. to practice squad". USA Today. Bears Wire. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Varley, Teresa (November 16, 2019). "Steelers sign Cain, Whyte". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kerrith Whyte 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 6, 2020). "Steelers make moves to get to 53-man roster". Steelers.com.
  10. ^ Lions add Kerrith Whyte to practice squad, Sports Illustrated, September 9, 2020
  11. ^ "Kerrith Whyte: Lands on practice squad IR". CBSSports.com. October 6, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bills sign RB Kerrith Whyte and CB Tim Harris". BuffaloBills.com. August 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Bills release three players". BuffaloBills.com. August 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Roster Moves: Jaguars sign RB Whyte Jr., OL Hocker and WR Imatorbhebhe to practice squad". Jaguars.com. October 12, 2021.
  15. ^ "Roster Moves: 2 signed to practice squad, 1 released". Jaguars.com. November 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "Packers place LB Whitney Mercilus on injured reserve". Packers.com. November 16, 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  17. ^ "Packers sign LB Nate Orchard to practice squad". Packers.com. November 25, 2021.
  18. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 30, 2021). "Broncos sign RB Kerrith Whyte Jr., T Adrian Ealy to practice squad". DenverBroncos.com.