Kevin White has yet to live up to the hype of being a top-10 receiver, and it hasn’t helped matters any that he hasn’t been on the field often enough to make an impact.
With Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Javon Wims, Bennie Fowler, Marlon Brown, Matt Fleming, Garrett Johnson, and Shaq Roland new to Chicago, there is no shortage of competition for White. And that the Bears didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on White’s rookie deal adds that much fuel to the offseason fire. Oh, did I mention there’s just one ball to go around? Yeah, that should make things all the more interesting.
White should be encouraged, though. Bears coach Matt Nagy his ready to take on the challenge of coaching up White, who he believes has a world of potential – enough to be willing to help build him into a “dominant player” in 2018. Of course, White will have to earn it with hard work … much like Roquan Smith, if you want to think of it that way.
In the end, White will play in an offense that will be run by someone from a strong coaching tree who probably has a better idea on how to best use a player with his potential.
Well, at least that’s the idea:
Kevin White said the #Bears have an "exciting offense." Then asked: Do you fit?
White: "I hope so."
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) May 23, 2018
White met with reporters after Wednesday’s practice during this phase of OTAs, and it sounds like it was an odd ordeal:
It’s sidebar to everything else going on today, but Kevin White had a somewhat odd media session today that required 27 questions over just 4 minutes. Most of his answers were just a few words. The longest answer was 9 seconds. #Bears
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) May 23, 2018
Kevin Fishbain’s collection of quotes from White is equally puzzling:
A sampling of Kevin White…
Q: What do you like about Nagy’s routes?
KW: Explosive routes.
Q: What have you learned about yourself through adversity?
KW: Built Ford tough.
Q: Do you feel like you have your explosiveness back?
KW: I don’t know. Watch the film I guess.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) May 23, 2018
Chicago’s front office prioritized the receiver position in a way that was aggressive and impressive. White, Josh Bellamy, Demarcus Ayers, and Tanner Gentry are the only holdovers from last year’s receiving corps – and Ayers never even got into a game. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that White doesn’t have much to say. He hasn’t played much and probably knows he has his work cut out for him if he wants to continue wearing a Bears uniform for the foreseeable future.