Although coach Brad Childress talked about creating competition at the position, there is no doubt the Vikings want to get a look at any receiver who can potentially fit into their West Coast offense.
White has spent the majority of his NFL career playing in that system. Billy McMullen, obtained from Philadelphia in a trade, also is familiar with the offense, having spent last season with Childress as his offensive coordinator.
The Vikings' top receiver is Koren Robinson, who made the NFC Pro Bowl roster as a kick returner last season, but caught only 22 passes. Travis Taylor, Troy Williamson and Marcus Robinson are behind Koren Robinson on the depth chart and should be considered locks (Taylor and Williamson) to safe bets (Marcus Robinson) to make the team.
That means eight receivers will battle for one or two final roster spots. That group includes McMullen, White, Jason Carter, Aaron Hosack, Chris Jones, Josh Davis, Kevin Kasper and Ryan Hoag.
Kasper could be intriguing because of his ability to return kicks. Despite his success in that role last season, Robinson almost certainly won't be asked to carry the load of a No. 1 receiver and be a return man.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who indicated the Vikings will go with five receivers, echoed Childress' comments about the number of receivers fueling competition.
"We have some guys that will be able to give some other guys at the top levels competition," Bevell said. "Kasper will give competition and the list goes on and on. It will give them opportunities to make the other guys better."
CAMP CALENDAR: The Vikings will practice against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 4 in Mankato, Minn. They will break camp on Aug. 18, returning to their Winter Park facility in Eden Prairie.
"We have to see how far he can progress through this training camp and through the preseason games," Bevell said. "We have to see where he can get to. I've been pleasantly surprised with how fast he picked up the offense. No one is going to outwork him. He's done a great job of having his nose in the book and studying hard. He has a great retention. Now we just have to get that muscle memory going, throwing the routes, reads, progressions."
INJURY REPORT: Safety Willie Offord, who missed most of last season after injuring his knee, was able to discard a brace after only one day of practice last week. Offord said the knee feels fine. The session was one of five the Vikings had for rookies and selected veterans. Punter Chris Kluwe (knee) also is able to punt again without any restrictions.