Matt Nagy sees “big ceiling” with Kevin White

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Matt Nagy is in his first offseason as an NFL head coach and that means he’s getting to do a lot of things for the first time, including running a voluntary minicamp for Bears players this week.

He’s also getting his first chance to talk about the potential of Bears wide receiver Kevin White. That’s been a popular topic ever since the Bears took White in the first round of the 2015 draft.

His potential got him drafted high and it has remained largely untapped because a series of injuries has kept White from playing in 43-of-48 games over his first three seasons. On Wednesday, Nagy said White’s confidence hasn’t been where it needs to be but that getting a new chance with a new staff is a good thing for him.

“I would think it would, that it would help him,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “If any of us were in that situation, and you have a fresh start — forget about the whys of what happened. Forget about that. That doesn’t matter. What matters is about right now. He’s young. He has a big ceiling. Now we can try to do it as much as we can as coaches and try to pull it out of him, but he’s got to work hard. He’s got to put time in the playbook. He’s got to put in the extra work after practice when he can. And then when the game comes, he’s got to make plays. When you do that, his confidence will slowly get better and better.”

There’s been variations on this theme in each of the last two offseasons, but this will be the last time anyone in Chicago will talk about what White might be for the Bears. There’s little chance his 2019 option will be exercised, so White will either be elsewhere next year or coming off a long-awaited breakout that turned his potential into something tangible.

17 responses to “Matt Nagy sees “big ceiling” with Kevin White

  1. At this point, it would be insane to expect anything from Kevin White. However, I do expect the Bears’ to look at the medical tests given at the combine from now on.

    What were the results from Kevin White’s bone density test? Did he skip the test?

  2. 2015 for top WR’s is strange… White and Miami’s Devante Parker have mirroring careers so far. Both show flashes of greatness and then fall prey to nagging and lingering injuries. Neither team can afford a 1st round bust. Only 10 short years ago the Bears and Dolphins had the highest winning percentage in the NFL. Tough times now.

  3. going on 4 years… history is great predictor of future…. not only injuries but came out of very simple college system into much more mentally taxing pro football system which has most likely played a role in his lack of development also…..

  4. Meh. He came in underdeveloped (skill wise) to begin with and hasn’t gotten appreciable reps yet. Basically he’s a mental rookie in a 4-year vet’s body. Not really through any fault of his own but easily the most disappointing draft pick of the Ryan Pace era.

  5. Dowell Loggains runied this guys career. 6’3 and 4’3 speed and you’re throwing him screen passes where he gets rocked at the line of scrimmage. Never used his potential and he got hurt because of it. Good luck Miami with this dwarf coach who had the worst play calling in bears history. Can’t wait to see what the new coaching staff can get out of White

  6. If the “china doll” has a decent year…..he will still be a bust with 3 years on the IR with full pay.

  7. The ceiling is very low in most basements…..is active for 10 games before going in the IR breaking the ceiling???

  8. ncphinsfan says:
    April 19, 2018 at 8:05 am

    2015 for top WR’s is strange… White and Miami’s Devante Parker have mirroring careers so far. Both show flashes of greatness and then fall prey to nagging and lingering injuries. Neither team can afford a 1st round bust. Only 10 short years ago the Bears and Dolphins had the highest winning percentage in the NFL. Tough times now.
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    White has never shown anything. He has what, a dozen catches in 3 years? And not a single touchdown of I remember correctly.

    He will go down as one of the Bears biggest busts ever… And that’s saying something!

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