Bears see some Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne in Kevin White

AP

Bears receiver Kevin White hasn’t even played a snap in the NFL yet, which means it might be slightly early to compare him to potential Hall of Famers. But that’s exactly what White’s position coach has done.

Bears receivers coach Curtis Johnson coached Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne at the University of Miami and thinks White is a lot like those former Hurricanes, who both have a shot at ending up with a bust in Canton.

“Kevin White was one of the better receivers I’ve seen coming out,” Curtis Johnson said, via ESPN. “He reminded me of some of the guys I had in Miami. He reminded me of Andre Johnson. He’s very similar to him. They’re both big and physical and fast. That doesn’t all go together sometimes. . . . [White] has hands similar to Reggie Wayne. So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.”

Last year the Bears spent the seventh overall pick in the draft on White, but he suffered a leg injury in minicamp that ultimately caused him to miss his entire rookie year. Comparisons to Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne sound a little silly after that rookie disappointment, but that’s the kind of talent the Bears saw when they drafted him.

45 responses to “Bears see some Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne in Kevin White

  1. No kidding it’s a little early. Plus, White runs a sub 4.4 40 (or did before his injury, anyway) whereas those other two guys were never known for their speed. As a Bears fan I certainly hope our Top 10 pick winds up like those two but let’s pump the breaks till he actually takes the field against live competition.

  2. Love watching players like this – hope he has a great career – I say that as an avowed Packers fan – love football!

  3. Not gonna lie, after what happened to Johnny Knox I’d rather not see this kid in #13.

  4. Bassplucker..Andre Johnson wasnt known for his speed? Lol dohhh-k. He was a 230lb receiver that ran a sub 4.4. Yes he was a deep threat for 80 percent of his career

  5. I wish PFT would quit with these. Let’s be clear. The only thing Tom Brady has in common with Teddy Bridgewater is that they play the same position. The only thing Kevin White has in common with Johnson and Wayne…. is that they play the same position.

  6. …gee, maybe he can get on the football field this year and we could see for ourselves…silly comparisons for a guy who has yet to catch his first regular season pass…

  7. I’m SO TIRED of this crap. white is nothing like those guys, as bridgewater is nothing like brady, as _______ rookie is nothing like _________ HoF guy. SERIOUSLY people, I know is the deadest part of the offseason but you REALLY REALLY REALLY need to stop this kind of pointless nails on chalkboard insanity!

  8. Kevin White is silky smooth…..if he stays healthy he will become a threat in the NFL.

    No matter the coverage he has a uncanny ablility to haul in the pass.

  9. While we haven’t seen anything from White to show us that he’ll be anything at all like the other guys mentioned here, we also haven’t seen anything to show us that he won’t.

  10. If he’s outgrown dope smoking he may have a good career. Unfortunately, millennials seem to have a problem with that.

  11. he will be good, and he will always be compared to Amari Cooper, which will be tough to match with the gunslinger DC4 throwing Coop the ball

  12. bearssuck says:
    May 14, 2016 1:49 PM

    The Bears are garbage. Let’s be honest, worst ownership in NFL.

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    It’s common knowledge that the Lions(100 year old senile female owner of the worst car company on the planet) and Cowboys(close second) have the worst ownership in the NFL.

  13. Hasn’t played a snap…I’m a Bears fan and this is going way over the edge. We’ll see how long he lasts cuz you know every defense will be going for his legs,

  14. As a Packer fan, I’m not feeling good about this kid. Bears are starting to look good, but they’re no complete yet, but on their way for sure!

    Also this person is another fearful and bitter fan of the Lions:

    “bearssuck says:
    May 14, 2o16 1:49 PM

    The Bears are garbage. Let’s be honest, worst ownership in NFL.”

    He has been stealing my lines and thinks I’m a Bears fan, but that doesn’t mean he can’t troll. Lions are the most embarrassing and pathetic franchise in the NFCN and the NFL, hands down.

    one (1) playoff win since 1957…..LoLions!!!

  15. Why not let Kevin White be Kevin White? It seems like a better idea to me than to compare a player who has yet to play a down to two well-respected players who had fantastic careers and could be in the discussion for Canton.

  16. I’m a Bears fan, and I love hearing this. But seriously, let’s slow our roll a little bit here. The kid hasn’t played a snap yet.

  17. Whenever these positional coaches open their mouths I always shake my head…shaking my head…shaking my head.

  18. karlpk says:
    May 14, 2016 12:01 PM
    Love watching players like this – hope he has a great career – I say that as an avowed Packers fan – love football!

    Well said, karlpk. Good luck this season, as I hope we kick your viking.

  19. Ah this is the time of year when the Bears can claim to look good. Just like the other losers in the league.

  20. White’s probably going to be good, but just once it would be entertaining to hear a coach comparing a present young player to an old crappy one.

  21. The comparisons are kind of silly…kind of the PFT’s canonization of Andrew Luck and the subtle walking back and shifting of blame to all other parts of his team as his play does not impress.

  22. bassplucker says:
    May 14, 2016 12:04 PM

    Not gonna lie, after what happened to Johnny Knox I’d rather not see this kid in #13.

    …. and Mirer. We’ll see.

  23. Actually, the Lions senile female owner is in her first official year as an owner and has done a respectable job so far on bringing in some decent management.. Mrs Mcaskey should take notice.

  24. All he said was he sees the same kind of talent and he did coach these players in college so I am sure that he knows more about it than any fan at home.
    For the hysterical gang that wants to read more into this… lighten up.
    There was a reason he was the 7th overall pick.

    And please stop pretending that you know more about NFL talent than an NFL coach.
    You really don’t.

  25. Actually, the Lions senile female owner is in her first official year as an owner and has done a respectable job so far on bringing in some decent management.. Mrs Mcaskey should take notice.

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    Virginia is the Principal owner of the Bears and has absolutely nothing to do with the decision making, that would be her son George McCaskey. Furthermore, George only was part of the Pace and John Fox hiring. George lets his GM have full control over the draft and and all player personnel.

    Virginia McCaskey has 11 Playoff wins, 2 Superbowl appearances and 1 Superbowl win since 1963.

    The Lions and Martha Ford and the three or four other owners have ONE (1) playoff win since 1957.

    Who should take notes again?

  26. Amari Cooper is better.

    _______________________________

    What does Amari Cooper have to do with Kevin White?

    Oh they were both drafted in 2015 in the 1st round, but Kevin White hasn’t played yet….

    That isn’t a fact, at all, but the Raiders suck and that is a fact!

  27. Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater also have the same initials.

    FWIW, the coach is only talking about similar traits with Johnson and Wayne, he’s not saying he is going to have the same career.

  28. The Vikings have Teddy Bridgewater comparisons with Tom Brady…..the Bears have Kevin White comparisons to Andre Johnson…..what’s next? The Lions comparing Ameer Abdullah to Barry Sanders?!?!?!?

    Must be an NFC North thing.

  29. I hope he play better than he did last year……I will always feel that he was a wasted draft pik and waste of money based on the lost year.

  30. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    May 14, 2016 2:57 PM
    It’s common knowledge that the Lions(100 year old senile female owner of the worst car company on the planet) and Cowboys(close second) have the worst ownership in the NFL.
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    AFC guy, no dog in the fight but Martha Ford is 90, Virginia McCaskey is 93. Neither oversees the day to day running of their respective teams. Mrs Ford is decidedly not senile, neither does she ‘own’ the publicly traded FMC which is one of the better car companies on the planet. Her stewardship can’t properly be gauged at this point, she is for all intents and purposes a ‘new’ owner. Jimmy Haslam is far and away the worst owner in the league and it’s not even close.

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