Chicago Bears WR Kevin White is facing the most important season of his football career. The former first-round pick found himself sliding down the depth chart after several new receivers were added to the roster this offseason, including one of the biggest prizes in free agency, Allen Robinson.
White has been victimized by injury in each of his first three years in the NFL. He's played only five games since joining the Bears as the seventh overall pick in 2015 and has yet to score a touchdown as a pro.
Regardless of his past, coach Matt Nagy has made it clear White has a fresh start in 2018 and the wideout appears to be making the most of it. According to ESPN, he was Chicago's surprise standout through offseason workouts.
White stayed healthy throughout Chicago's offseason program, where he looked better than expected running routes in coach Matt Nagy's West Coast offense. White still has to prove he can stay on the field for an entire season, but the Bears appear willing to give him one more chance.
Pace has consistently preached that creating competition on the roster is an important element to getting the most out of a player. It rings true with White, who not only has to compete with Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller for starter's reps, but also against himself. He has to prove, first and foremost, that he can play a full 16 games as an NFL receiver. If he does, production will follow.
The news of White's offseason performance is great for the Bears, a team that entered free agency with arguably the worst collection of starting receivers in the NFL. Assuming White can carry this momentum into the regular season, Mitch Trubisky will have no shortage of playmakers at his disposal, especially when factoring in tight end Trey Burton and running back Tarik Cohen.