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Kevin White admits he busted, blames injuries, seeks another chance to show he can play plus much more today

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White (11) scores a pre-season touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

That’s Kevin White’s story, and he’s sticking to it! To be fair, I think he’s sincere and worked his tail off, and he had some bad breaks injury wise. Hopefully somebody will give him another shot, he seems like a good guy who’s just had a lot of bad luck health-wise.

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Chris Simms ranks Mitch Trubisky as one of worst quarterbacks in NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears hater parade continues.

Where Kevin White Fits in Among Bears Draft Busts - SI.com - Ryan Pace’s first draft pick, Kevin White, on Monday did an interview over Skype with NBC Sports Chicago and admitted to being a draft bust.

Matt Nagy Considered Among Longshots for Top Coach - SI.com - It’s only been 15 months since Matt Nagy received the award for being named NFL Coach of the Year. How quickly they forget.

Chalk Talk: How many Chicago Bears have won Rookie of the Year? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how many Bears have won NFL rookie of the year honors, why the 1934 NFL Championship Game is called the “Sneakers Game,” and if Matt Forte has reached out to Bears rookie receiver and fellow Tulane product Darnell Moone

Chicago Bears rookie OL Dieter Eiselen’s road to NFL goes through South Africa, Yale - ChicagoBears.com - An acclaimed rugby player and weightlifter while growing up in South Africa, Bears undrafted rookie offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen is now beginning his battle for an NFL roster spot.

Keep an Eye Out For June 15 and June 27 as Possible Dates for NFL Minicamps - Bleacher Nation - Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has been a part of every sports-related story for the better part of this year, the NFL has continued to chug along with

Wood: How Consistent are Explosive Plays? - Da Bears Blog - The Bears produced the fewest explosive plays in the NFL last year, and given the importance of explosive plays to overall offensive output, that largely explains their status as one of the worst offenses in the NFL. So I want to look at how consistent explosive plays are. We’ll start with a team-by-team basis, and then look at it on a player-by-player level in a follow-up article.

Where The Bears Stand In Reopening Facilities - 670 The Score - As Illinois moves toward the third phase of its reopening plan, the Bears will soon be permitted to open the doors of Halas Hall as a defined non-essential business.

NFL analyst says Chicago Bears will clinch NFC’s No. 1 seed in 2020 - Bears Wire - Many NFL analysts believe the Bears will be terrible in 2020, but Nick Wright believes the Bears will be one of the NFL’s best teams.

Bears Will Have True QB Competition in Preseason – On Tap Sports Net - Earlier in the offseason, Matt Nagy suggested that the preseason would be different this year, and the starters would get reps. Unlike 2019, the 2020 Chicago Bears have a few starting spots that are wide open, which is partially why the front office will use the preseason to evaluate players. The other obvious reason is because the Bears need find out who will be their starting quarterback in 2020.

Chicago Bears rookie pass rusher Trevis Gipson is perfect project - Chicago Sun-Times - At No. 155 overall, the Bears took a player with high potential and a track record of putting in the work to realize it.

Former Bears receiver Kevin White says he was ‘cheated’ by injuries - Chicago Sun-Times - White was the No. 7 overall pick in 2015 and was out of the NFL four years later. His biggest problem: He couldn’t stay healthy.

Chicago Bears hope rookie WR Darnell Mooney can be dynamic playmaker upon arrival - Chicago Sun-Times - Mooney was underestimated as a high school prospect before starring at Tulane. NFL teams might have slept on him in the recent draft, too, and he figures to get a shot at a significant role with the Bears in 2020.

How ex-Bears wide receiver Kevin White lives with being an NFL Draft ‘bust’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Kevin White will go down as one of the more infamous NFL Draft “busts” in Bears history. But he doesn’t let that word define his life.

ESPN’s 2020 NFL projections cast more doubt on Bears playoff chances - NBC Sports Chicago - They’re bearish on the NFC North in general.

Kevin White says he’d play for free in order to prove himself to Bears, NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - The former receiver still feels like he has a lot to give.

POLISH SAUSAGE

“Dozens of bidders” exploring a potential XFL purchase - ProFootballTalk - Vince McMahon won’t be trying to buy back the XFL. But someone else apparently will.

Five rookies who most need to succeed in Year 1: Heat on Chiefs LB - NFL.com - Which rookies must step up for their teams to meet weighty expectations in 2020? Chiefs LB Willie Gay Jr. and Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins are among the newbies that make Jeffri Chadiha’s top five.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares. Fun Fact: Green Bay’s “other” nickname is “Toilet Paper Capitol Of The World.” Really. I’m not joking, you can Google it. Did you know that Northern Tissue (now Quilted Northern) invented the first “splinter-free” toilet paper at their Green Bay plant years ago? Of course they kept shipping the splintery versions to Chicago because that’s the way they are. We don’t care. Unlike them, our asses are tough.

Detroit: Nobody cares. Fun Fact: Did you know there’s a huge salt mine under the City of Detroit? You can go there and take a tour. You will probably get mugged, of course, but hey... it’s Detroit.

Minnesota: Nobody cares. Fun Fact: The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodump (now replaced on the same location by US Bank Stadium) was the only arena in the world to have hosted a Super Bowl, an NCAA Final Four, the World Series and an MLB All-Star game. Noticeably missing from this list of championships? A Vikings Conference win, which didn’t happen in the 31 years Minnesota played football there. Oh, it didn’t happen for the Vikings on the road, either.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Which Bears player are you most excited to see play in 2020? - Windy City Gridiron - While some of the regularly scheduled offseason activities have been altered, the 2020 NFL season is still set to kick off in September, so unless that changes we’re going to look forward to the...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears face masks available with NFL proceeds going to charity - Windy City Gridiron - Even though things are slowly starting to get back to normal, there are still several business that require a face covering in order to enter.

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