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Kevin White still trying to prove himself to Bears fans, city of Chicago

Kevin White still trying to prove himself to Bears fans, city of Chicago

It's been a couple years since he suited up for the Bears, but Kevin White's still got Chicago on his mind. The four unglamorous seasons White spent with the Bears still gnaw at the former first-round pick, who talked with our Bears Insider J.J. Stankevitz about the debt he still feels to fans and the city that drafted him: 

I love Chicago. I’m sorry for all the unfortunate events. I promise a lot of that hunger and motivation to get me up every day to work harder, put in overtime, was really for the fans. And thats not BS or some, like, thing I’m supposed to say or just like — they deserve it, and I want to show them. They have great fans. Even still, fans will be like, 'oh my gosh, Kevin White, can I take a picture, man, you’re so cool, so sorry man, all those things happened to you, still humble, you deserve it.' Stuff like that. Like, damn, I want to give that to them, I want to give it to them because they deserve it. 

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White also admitted that even while playing for the Arizona Cardinals, much of his focus remained on the city of Chicago – a place he calls home – and Bears fans: 

And honestly I still want to show Chicago fans. I got to Arizona, all I’m thinking about is Chicago. That’s home. That’ll forever be home whether fans or organization like it or not. I want to show the city of Chicago, like, damn this guy is it. Or like holy crap, this dude fought injury after injury and now he’s — because I want to show Chicago, to be honest. Not the organization, necessarily, that’s business stuff. Ryan Pace and [John Fox], I do. But definitely the fans. I do. Because I feel like they deserve it and there’s a lot of good people in Chicago, a lot of good people in the organization that deserve to see Kevin White. 

It's just one of the many topics White dives into with Stankevitz, and you can hear the entire interview on the latest episode of the Under Center Podcast: 

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Trey Lance to the Bears? This 2021 mock draft thinks so

Trey Lance to the Bears? This 2021 mock draft thinks so

Barring some kind of career-year from Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles, the 2021 NFL Draft will likely center around quarterback for the Chicago Bears. And while that's not necessarily good news for Bears fans, it could be worse. Next year's draft class will have a handful of quality quarterbacks with first-round grades.

In the latest mock draft from The Draft Wire, the Bears spend their first-round pick on North Dakota State darling, Trey Lance. The FCS standout is the apple of Draft Twitter's eye during the first wave of summer scouting, with some respected draft analysts like The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranking him ahead of Ohio State star, Justin Fields.

The Bears use the 12th overall pick in this mock on Lance. By the time April rolls around, and assuming Lance stacks another productive season on top of his remarkable 2019 performance, it's unlikely he'll be around outside the top 10.

Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and a remarkable ZERO interceptions in his first full season starting for the Bison. But that's not all; he ran for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns, too.

At an estimated 6-3 and 224 pounds, Lance checks all the early boxes for a franchise quarterback prospect. If he does end up leapfrogging Fields for QB2, he'll be a top-five pick.

But here's the catch: we just don't know enough about him yet. His 2019 season was fantastic, but it's the only one he has on film. And it was against FCS competition, which makes his projection to the NFL more difficult. It's a slippery slope to use Carson Wentz as an example to support Lance's ability to make the jump to the pros. Players like Wentz are the exception; they're few and far between.

It's only July, and the mock draft landscape will change multiple times between now and April. But if Trubisky and Foles fail to deliver in 2020, all mock drafts will have the Bears picking a quarterback. The only question is how high will the Bears be picking in Round 1, and which quarterback (if any) falls to their selection.

Cody Whitehair says he's excited to begin training camp at center

Cody Whitehair says he's excited to begin training camp at center

Cody Whitehair is comfortable and excited about playing center in 2020, a position that isn't new for him but also wasn't deemed his full-time home until midway through last season.

With 2020 training camp scheduled to begin in two weeks, Whitehair is feeling good about his season outlook now that he's back to being the quarterback of the offensive line.

"That's where I feel the most comfortable," Whitehair said on Bears All-Access. "Obviously I'm a team guy and I'll do whatever they ask me to do. If it happens to be where they need me to play a different position, whether that be July 28 when we come in the building or, you know, whenever that may be, you know I'm always down for it."

Whitehair has always been a team-first guy since joining the Bears as a second-round pick in 2016. The former collegiate tackle began his career at center before flipping to guard and then back to center last season. He played 561 snaps at center and 508 at left guard in 2019.

"But you know just being comfortable at that position and being played there for as long as I have in the NFL it's really exciting to be able to be there to start the season again," Whitehair said.

Whitehair will be counted on to keep the offensive line in sync and on task, especially in the run game.

"You want your offense to be able to count on that run and especially in obvious situations," Whitehair said. "You know, that's where an offensive lineman has really got to be, you know, at his best whether that be obvious pass or obvious run.

"So it's something we take pride in and in the run game everything starts up there upfront and making sure we can get a hole open for those guys in the backfield because when we do that we're going to be dangerous."

The Bears' offensive line was recently ranked 22nd in the league by Pro Football Focus with the caveat that they could become one of the NFL's 10-best units if it returns to the level of play we saw in 2018. Whitehair was a big reason for that productive season, and he logged all 1,139 of his snaps at center that year.