Bears trying to remind Kevin White he was once good at football

AP

Usually when you draft a guy with the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft, you don’t have to remind him he’s good at playing football.

But that’s exactly what the Bears are doing with 2015 first-rounder Kevin White, as they try to coax the old performance out of him to justify that pick.

Via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are playing good cop with White at the moment, as they try to get something out of a guy who has played four games and caught 19 passes in two seasons because of leg injuries.

We’ve got to block out the noise with him,” wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni said. “I can’t let him read papers and [listen] to the media. I just can’t. Because there is going to be some negative in there that gets in his head. And he can’t let that happen. He has to be positive. And we’ve got to go in our bunker all the time and tell him how great he is. Because he is.”

Toward that end, Azzanni made a point to pull White aside Monday to show him his college highlights. During his final season at West Virginia, White caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“He forgets about that sometimes,” Azzanni said. “Because of the embattled two years that he has had. . . . I wanted him to see how he owned the ball in the air, how he used to go up and just grab that ball in the air. He’s starting to do that again.”

But that seems forever ago, after knee problems and last year’s broken leg. He’s apparently running fine in camp this summer, but has yet to stand out.

White says he’s trying to remain “patient,” but no matter how gently the Bears handle him, the reality is they need him to produce. With star wideout Alshon Jeffery leaving in free agency, the Bears lack a No. 1 target for new quarterback Mike Glennon (and eventually Mitchell Trubisky).

It would be nice for White to become that kind of player, and perhaps put up some NFL highlights to match his college tape.

32 responses to “Bears trying to remind Kevin White he was once good at football

  1. As a Bears fan, I have yet to see anything great about Kevin White. He’s hardly played, but even when he played, there was nothing special about him.
    This is his last chance.

  2. As a die hard Bears fan, the entire training staff and Dr’s of this team need to be fired. It’s insane that the same stuff continues to happen year after year concerning the injury “bug”.

    It isn’t a bug anymore, it’s a pattern of constant injuries and misjudging players during physicals.

  3. Yeah I remember analyst contemplated whether the Raiders would take Amari or Kevin White. Thank the Lord that worked out well for the one and only Nation.

    Sucks to see a young guy struggle with injuries and lofty expectations but it is what it is.

  4. Yet, another wasted #1 draft pick by Da Bears. That is why they are among the bottom feeders in NFL.

  5. Bust. Bears GMs tend to flame out on their inaugural 1st- round draft picks and unfortunately, Ryan Pace did not buck the trend.

  6. Not a Bears fan, but every time that team drafts any offensive skill position (QB, RB, WR) in the first round, they get burned every single time.

  7. White will be fine as long as he stays healthy, he hasn’t even played a preseason game yet and so called experts, pretend he won’t be any good. Let’s give him a chance. Oh, and he didn’t have any knee injury, it was 2 broken legs.

  8. I hope White saves his rookie contract money …..because……… he just will not make it in the NFL.

  9. “Not a Bears fan, but every time that team drafts any offensive skill position (QB, RB, WR) in the first round, they get burned every single time.”

    Solid point there. Applying this reasoning to the future, Mitch Trubisky must be doomed, isn’t he? I have nothing against the Bears or Mitch either, but the Bears’ draft history does not bode well for him.

    I’m also amazed at the league permits the horrible turf situations in Chicago and Pittsburgh to continue to exist. I would imagine there would be fewer lower leg/foot/knee injuries if they just went back to the fake stuff.

  10. I still can’t believe there was a comparison between him and Cooper coming out. Just thought White stat stuffed for one year in that pass happy offense but never impressed me as a WR prospect. Couple it with the injuries, and he’ll take his place alongside the David Terrels of the world in Bear history. Funny that the one time they got it right in the draft, they let the guy walk without negotiating a long term contract before it got to that point in Jeffery.

  11. Very nice kid, and a good person ( my nephew went to high school with him). Little early call him injury prone- yes the knee injury would be troubling, but broken legs just happen they are not the sign of an injury prone player. As for the Bears fans saying “he hasn’t shown anything on the field” I mean come on man, you got to give a guy more than four games before you make any judgments on his ability.

  12. While I am sure he is ‘running fine’ I cant imagine his 4.3 speed will ever be back. He can still be productive with more or less 4.6 speed because of his size and leaping, but he may never be the game breaker he was drafted to be.

  13. Make America Fat: “I’m also amazed at the league permits the horrible turf situations in Chicago and Pittsburgh to continue to exist. I would imagine there would be fewer lower leg/foot/knee injuries if they just went back to the fake stuff.”

    I feel like there’s a lot MORE knee and ankle injuries than there were before in part because of the fake stuff. The traction is just too good so it can be easier for knees and ankles to get stuck and buckle under the pressures of weight and speed

  14. Not that my team’s QBs are anything special, but I’m not sure how accurately the Bears’ WRs can be judged this year with the QBs on the Bears’ roster.

  15. I was so disappointed when Pace selected White. When that happened, I knew the Bears were going to be in for a LONG rebuild and we could possibly be seeing another GM before it was all done.

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