Real Deal: Myles White holds no grudge toward James Jones

Myles White survived the Packers' final cuts for the first time in three tries only to be released two days later. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A conversation with James Jones, of all people, helped, but Myles White is still hurting.

Think about his Labor Day weekend.

On Saturday, White texted a reporter seven minutes before the Green Bay Packers had to turn in their final roster cuts to the NFL office and said, "I think I'm good."

And he was. He had survived the final cuts for the first time in three tries.

On Sunday, he did not respond to a text wondering what the Packers' decision to re-sign Jones, the veteran receiver, meant for him.

By Monday, he had been released without so much as a conversation with coach Mike McCarthy or a call to his agent from anyone in the organization.

For now, until White figures out where his NFL future is -- it won't be with the Packers in any capacity -- that chat with Jones is the best thing he has going for him.

"James and I have always been pretty cool since my rookie days," White said in a text message late Monday night. "I congratulated him, and he gave me some insight on a few things."

The two grew close in 2013, when White joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent. He didn't make the final cuts that year but was signed to the practice squad. Less than two months into that season, White was promoted to the active roster and played in seven games before a knee injury ended his season.

The next year, Jones was gone, having signed with the Oakland Raiders in free agency, but White again failed to make the roster coming out of training camp. This time, he spent the entire season on the practice squad.

This summer, he put together his best training camp and then, after the season-ending knee injury to Jordy Nelson, it looked like White was finally, in his words, good.

Good lasted only a day.

"Myles White did a heck of a job," McCarthy said Monday, when he added that he had not yet had an opportunity to talk with White following his release. "Obviously, he did enough to make our 53, and then things went a different direction. That's the tough part of the business. He's a young man that developed here, has done everything you can ask, every part of our program. Those are tough, hard decisions."

White doesn't hold anything against Jones, who talked at length with White on Sunday night.

"I told him just to keep his head up, man," Jones said. "It's a crazy business. It is. You hate to see times like this. You wish everybody could make it, but they can't. I was a little hurt [for him], but at the same time, my babies need food too, and Daddy is the provider and Daddy has to do what's best for them, and I wish Myles the best.

"Like I said, that's my guy, I talked to him last night for a long time, had a long conversation with him. Told him if he needs anything, let me know. And I wish him the best in his career."

White, who led the Packers in catches (16) and receiving yards (157) this preseason, can't do anything until he finds out Tuesday whether he was claimed off waivers. If not, he's free to sign anywhere, most likely on someone's practice squad.

But he's not coming back to Green Bay. The Packers are expected to fill their 10th (and final) practice-squad spot with receiver Ed Williams, who was cut by the Packers on Saturday and was on his way to a workout with the Detroit Lions on Monday when Green Bay offered him that spot.

"I won't know anything until I clear waivers," White said in his final text on Monday night. "But my agent says I have a few teams interested. My film is good, so that eases things a little."