Last month, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said that former West Virginia receiver Kevin White, the 2015 seventh overall pick who missed all of his rookie season after having a titanium rod inserted in his tibia, needed only the “mental confidence to go full speed.” White apparently has found it, and then some.
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune tells a story that starts with White recently supervising two of his younger brothers in receiver drills and that ends with White challenging best friend Devon Blake to a footrace.
White, who had been cleared to run and who once upon a time routinely lost to Blake, blazed to a win so easy that he turned to Blake to taunt him halfway through the run.
“Rubbing it in like Deion Sanders,” Blake told Campbell. “It looked effortless. He’s even faster than he was, even stronger than he was [and] more fluid with his running. He looks a lot calmer when he’s running. He surprised me.”
And so White, the seventh overall pick a year ago who ultimately never played as a rookie due to the stress fracture, is ready to go.
“Count on me,” White said.
The Bears already were. Now, they surely are.