Kevin White’s Upside Is Real, But Matt Nagy Says “He’s Got to Work Hard” to Reach It
This time of the year, a familiar refrain can be heard around these parts, regarding Kevin White finally reaching his ceiling. Sadly, to date, he’s never quite played enough … like at all … to even come close. Enter Matt Nagy.
The Chicago Bears’ new head coach will soon become the latest to try and unlock White’s first-round potential. And like the staff that preceded him, Nagy sounds optimistic about getting it done, but lays a lot at White’s feet.
“If any of us were in that situation, and you have a fresh start – forget about the whys of what happened. Forget about that. That doesn’t matter. What matters is about right now,” Nagy said, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s young. He has a big ceiling. Now we can try to do it as much as we can as coaches and try to pull it out of him, but he’s got to work hard. He’s got to put time in the playbook. He’s got to put in the extra work after practice when he can. And then when the game comes, he’s got to make plays. When you do that, his confidence will slowly get better and better.”
We can hope certainly hope.
Minicamp is where optimism reigns supreme, and no player exemplifies that more than White. The Bears used the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on White, but he has been on the field for just 238 of the 3,079 offensive snaps the team has played since then.
Nagy lays it all out there pretty clearly for White, doesn’t he? Yes, the first-year head coach has discussed how he plans to give White every opportunity to reach his potential in Chicago. HOWEVER, he also makes it quite clear that it’s up to White to put in the work on the practice field, in the playbook, and elsewhere to make it happen. It’s a two-way thing and White has to hold up to his end of the bargain while the Bears’ coaching staff does their part.
Every step in the offseason process will be a big one for White, who could be entering his final season with the team. Soon, GM Ryan Pace will once again be tasked with making a decision on exercising the fifth-year option on a highly touted first-round pick who hasn’t come close to reaching his potential.