Kevin White has played a grand total of five NFL games since being the seventh overall draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2015. First it was the day to day left shin injury that turned into the PUP list, that ended up being a stress fracture, that ended his rookie season.
In 2016 he was ready to go and was a starting receiver for four games until a fractured left fibula ended his sophomore season. His 19 receptions and 187 yards through four weeks extrapolated to a 76 catch, 748 yards season had he played in all sixteen games. But availability has proven to be a problem.
In 2017 he wasn’t exactly tearing it up in training camp, but he won a roster spot, ended up the week one starter and had 2 receptions for 6 yards before fracturing his left shoulder blade.
New Bears head coach Matt Nagy isn’t sure if White still possesses the same skills and athletic traits that made him a first round draft pick out of West Virginia, but it’s worth exploring. Him bouncing back is a big if, but if he does, this offense just found a playmaker.
“Kevin is a guy you see who hasn’t had a lot of games these past few years,” new Bears coach Matt Nagy said via the Chicago Sun Times. “We understand that, but for me, that’s the challenge as a head coach. You love to see those kinds of situations. You don’t make any promises that anything’s going to happen. But you see a kid like that, you know his road and where he’s at, and I look at that as a personal challenge to get him to a place where we want to get him.”
White has always taken his rehab and conditioning seriously, so this picture him him provided by his family shouldn’t be a surprise.
It didn’t take long for his teammate Kyle Long to get in on the photoshop fun.
My feelings on White contributing in 2018 are the same as my feelings on his contributing last year. If it happens, great, but they can’t count on him making an impact.
But what if?