Kerrith Whyte Jr.

Detroit Lions
Running Back #26
Detroit Lions
Running Back #26

Kerrith Whyte Jr. News

Lands on practice squad IR

Whyte was placed on the Lions' practice squad injured reserve Tuesday with an unspecified injury, Erik Schlitt of USA Today reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old will be sidelined for at least three weeks due to the undisclosed injury. Whyte joined Detroit's practice squad in early September after being waived by Pittsburgh.

Oct 6, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Signs with practice squad

The Lions signed Whyte to the practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: The Steelers cut Whyte on Saturday, but the versatile RB/WR/KR found a new landing spot. With Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Danny Amendola (hamstring) battling injuries, Whyte serves as additional depth going into Week 1.

Sep 9, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Let go by Pittsburgh

Whyte was waived by the Steelers on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Whyte played in six games with the Steelers although most of that was as a kick returner. The arrival of Ray-Ray McCloud basically pushed Whyte aside although it's entirely possible the scatback could be a part of the team's practice squad plans once he passes through waivers.

Sep 5, 2020 2:43 PM EST

Returning kicks during scrimmage

White (groin) returned kicks during Friday's scrimmage, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Head coach Mike Tomlin relayed that Whyte was day-to-day earlier Friday, but the 23-year-old running back's work as a returner should mean he's good to go moving forward. It'll be tough for Whyte to secure a roster spot this year, but perhaps a strong showing as a returner can do the trick.

Aug 28, 2020 5:31 PM EST

Remains sidelined Friday

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Whyte (groin) is day-to-day after missing Friday's practice, Tribune-Review Sports reports.

Analysis: Whyte exited Tuesday's practice with a groin injury and hasn't returned to the practice field yet, but Tomlin appears optimistic that he can make it back soon. The 23-year-old has an uphill climb to make the roster spot since the Steelers drafted Anthony McFarland in April, and any missed practice time works against his odds.

Aug 28, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Managing groin injury

Whyte suffered a groin injury during Tuesday's practice, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Whyte was forced to leave Tuesday's practice early due to the injury, per Brooke Pryor of He's competing for a depth role in Pittsburgh's crowded backfield.

Aug 25, 2020 5:20 PM EST

Non-factor on offense

Whyte ran for one yard on three carries in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Even with James Conner (Quadriceps) inactive Whyte played a minimal role on offense and finishes the 2019 season with 122 yards on 24 carries in six games. Most of that (84 yards) came in two games in which he also caught his only target for nine yards. The rookie has one year remaining on his contract.

Dec 30, 2019 8:40 AM EST

Six carries as Conner gets injured

Whyte rushed six times for 22 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: It's not saying much, but Whyte was the team's most effective option on the ground after James Conner exited with a thigh injury. Whyte had eight more rushing yards on one carry fewer than Benny Snell, while Jaylen Samuels mixed in with seven yards on three carries and 32 more yards on four catches. Even if Conner sits against the Ravens in Week 17, none of the Steelers' other running backs will be advisable options, as nobody has been able to grab the job by the horns.

Dec 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

Usage take a hit

Whyte ran for five yards on two carries in Pittsburgh's 17-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday night.

Analysis: Signed just one month ago to provide depth in Pittsburgh's beleaguered running game it should come as no surprise that Whyte's role would be greatly diminished by the return of James Conner. At this point there is little reason to have Whyte on fantasy rosters.

Dec 16, 2019 7:44 AM EST

Totals 50 yards from scrimmage

Whyte totaled 41 yards on five carries and caught his only target for nine yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Benny Snell continues to be the primary running back with James Conner (shoulder) still unable to play but Whyte seems to have pulled even with -- if not ahead of -- Jaylen Samuels in the ground game. In the past three games Whyte and rushed 14 times for 94 yards compared to 54 yards on 16 carries for Samuels. The anticipated return of Conner in Week 15 against the Bills could diminish Whyte's fantasy value although Samuels could still play a role in the passing game.

Dec 8, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Runs for 43 yards in debut

Whyte ran six times for 43 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Analysis: Signed just over a week ago Whyte ran for 21 yards on his first NFL carry then added 22 yards on his next two runs that same series. Despite his early success Whyte only had three more touches and no yards the remainder of the game. With the status of James Conner (shoulder) still in doubt for Week 13 the Pittsburgh running game remains unclear. Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds and Whyte have all had brief moments of production but none are consistent enough to trust as fantasy playoffs approach.

Nov 24, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Joining Pittsburgh

Whyte signed a contract with the Steelers on Saturday.

Analysis: Facing a mountain of injuries following Thursday's literal slugfest against the Browns, Whyte is expected to be an insurance policy in the case James Conner (shoulder) or Benny Snell (knee) are unable to play Week 12 against the Bengals.

Nov 16, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Waived by Chicago

The Bears waived Whyte on Thursday.

Analysis: Whyte wasn't active for Chicago's first three games of the season, and he'll now be let go to make room for tight end Bradley Sowell on the 53-man roster. The rookie seventh-round pick will look to catch on elsewhere in the league.

Sep 26, 2019 9:59 AM EST

Unimpressive effort

Whyte carried four times for eight yards while adding a seven-yard reception in Chicago's 27-17 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Whyte totaled 18 yards on 10 carries over the last two preseason games, and he's squarely on the roster bubble as the Bears close out the preseason.

Aug 24, 2019 8:52 PM EST

Finds end zone

Whyte rushed six times for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Rushing for fewer than two yards per carry certainly won't help him in his quest to make the 53-man roster, but with Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell both having lackluster performances as well, Whyte should still find himself competing for the No. 4 running back as the preseason continues.

Aug 19, 2019 4:51 AM EST

35 rushing yards in losing effort

Whyte had six carries for 35 yards while adding a seven-yard reception in the Bears' 23-13 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Playing against the deepest reserve defenders of the Panthers, Whyte broke off a 23-yard run to give him a respectable 42 yards over seven touches. After being selected by the Bears in the seventh round of this year's draft, he'll continue to battle for the No. 4 running back job, and he may need to perform well on special teams to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

Aug 9, 2019 8:32 AM EST

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