With injuries marring the first three years of Kevin White’s career, his future is unknown. Will he ever play 16 regular season games in one season? Can he dominate the way he did during his senior season at WVU? Time will tell.
New Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy would like to see that happen, and is enthusiastic about White’s capabilities.
“I am really excited to dig deep into him and put him in the best situation possible for Kevin White to succeed,” Nagy told reporters this week at the NFL owners meetings. “Here is a guy we have on our roster that to a lot of people can get lost in the shuffle or just pushed to the side. That’s not going to happen. We’re going to give him every opportunity to succeed.”
When he has been on the field, he gave the Bears glimpses of his talent and his worthiness of a top 10 pick. But those glimpses have been fleeting. When he started the first four games of the 2016 season, he tallied 19 receptions. The most ever by a Bear in their first four games.
This upcoming season is crucial for White as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. By all reports, he’s healthy and looks great. He’s spent time this offseason in California with Bears’ starting QB Mitchell Trubisky running routes.
“How cool would that be to be able to get this kid to come back and be a dominant player?” said Nagy. “You think he doesn’t want that? Of course he wants that. So let’s as coaches look at the glass half full and let’s get this kid right. Now am I making any promises? Absolutely not. But I will tell you this, we’re going to give that kid every opportunity possible.”