Kevin White hopes to finally make an impact in the NFL

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Prior to the 2015 draft, Kevin White and Amari Cooper were regarded as the best two prospects at the receiver position. Scouts saw Cooper as ready to make an immediate impact, and they regarded White as a more raw, long-term prospect.

They didn’t expect White’s development to require four full seasons.

With his career marred by injuries, White has made limited contributions. The Bears, who had made him the seventh overall pick in the draft, let him leave via free agency. White now hopes to get his career on track as a member of the Cardinals, and he knows that it will take work.

“Throughout my career and life, I’ve learned a totally different way — [Cardinals consultant Jerry Sullivan] would say ‘bad habits,'” White recently said, via the team’s official website. “That’s been years, so it will be hard to break the bad habits, but every day we are getting closer. It’ll take time, but I’m sure by the time the season comes I’ll have everything down.”

Despite his draft pedigree, White is largely overlooked. And he’s fine with that.

“I don’t take it personally,” White said. “If a player missed a year, that player is forgotten about. Out of sight, out of mind. For me it was three years in a row, and then last year happened.”

Last year, White was healthy but couldn’t get on the field much with the Bears, appearing in nine regular-season games and catching four passes for 92 yards.

“Something like that is something you can’t ever forget,” White said regarding the years marred by injury. “I think it shaped me into the man I am today, mentally and physically. Do I wish things were different and I didn’t get hurt? Of course. I’d be more successful. But I think it showed me some things within myself, and with the people that are truly in my corner, how much this means to them and to me.”

The Cardinals have plenty of faith in White, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cardinals.

“That’s what we have seen: Hard working, focused, wants to be great,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He has a lot to prove obviously, but he has a great skillset. That big and that fast, we’re excited to see what he can be.”

So is everyone else who remembers what White was supposed to be when he became a Bear. He’s running out of chances to get to his ceiling, whatever it may be.

10 responses to “Kevin White hopes to finally make an impact in the NFL

  1. The Bears did not teach him any bad habits, they tried to teach him to run routes but failed because he was always injured. Last year, he could not et on the field because of his poor route running.

  2. I’m not sure how much his athleticism has suffered from the injuries, but if he’s still got the physical tools and has the desire to learn, it would be hard to find a better mentor at WR than Fitz.

  3. I wish the guy Luck and he is going to need it because the Cardinals WR room is loaded with talent especially young up and coming talent. On the roster Arizona has Larry Fitzgerald who’s still playing at a very high level, Christian Kirk is a stud receiver going into year 2, Arizona drafted WR Andy Isabella who is a very polished route runner with elite 4.31 spd/quickness is a perfect fit for this offense w/ the abillity to be use outside n inside, 6″5 WR Hakeem Butler oozes talent w/ 4.4 speed and a 40in vertical giving Kyler Murray a real true outside threat and Arizona also drafted Keesean Johnson who plays very fast on the field thanks to his crisp polished route runner with great hands. White has size and 4.3 speed himself but he has an uphill battle, hopefully he can put it all together in this offense and at minimum excel as a deep threat. Arizona also has 3 receiving backs on the roster including All-Pro David Johnson who will be finally used properly again this season and will be used heavily in the passing again as he should be & the Cardinals have 4 good receiving TE’s on the roster. Kyler Murray definitely has a lot to work with his rookie season which on top of already knowing the offense basically both will greatly benefit him his rookie year .

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