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Trubisky has been 'texting all week' with his old college roomie on the Redskins

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Trubisky has been 'texting all week' with his old college roomie on the Redskins

Mitch Trubisky probably didn’t think his college reunion would go quite like this. Already with immense pressure on his shoulders to show he’s starting QB material for the Bears, Monday night’s matchup will be personal for Trubisky for another reason—he used to live with Redskins linebacker Cole Holcomb. And Cole is already getting ready for the face off.

Holcomb, a rookie, roomed with Trubisky at North Carolina for two years. Holcomb is second on the Redskins in tackles this year and he recently spoke on NBCSports Washington’s Redskins Talk Podcast about how his relationship with Trubisky will come into play on Monday.

"He's a competitor," Holcomb said. "He hates losing. He's one of those perfectionist people. Maybe if we can rattle him up a little bit, get him nervous back there, we'll be able to make some things happen with him."

"We've been texting all week," Holcomb explained. "We've got a group chat with a bunch of the teammates. They're all like, 'Oh, it's Mitch vs. Cole this week. It's Mitch vs. Cole this week. What's going to happen?'"

It’ll be interesting to see if Holcomb and the Redskins will ‘rattle’ Trubisky or if Trubisky will pull through and lead the offense to victory in Week 3.

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How ex-Bears wide receiver Kevin White lives with being an NFL Draft ‘bust’

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How ex-Bears wide receiver Kevin White lives with being an NFL Draft ‘bust’

Kevin White knows the word association that goes on with his name. You might be doing it right now. 

“When they think of Kevin White: Bust, injuries, we don’t know, question mark,” the 2015 seventh overall pick told me during a lengthy Zoom chat. 

Of the 500 top-10 picks from 1970-2019, only seven have played fewer games than White’s 14. Four of those seven players were drafted in 2019. 

And even the late Charles Rogers — the most infamous wide receiver “bust” in league history — had four touchdowns with the Detroit Lions. White reached the end zone once. 

In a preseason game. 

When no Bears starters were playing. 

White was a high pick who didn’t live up to expectations —the definition of a bust. But he’s able to cope with that label by knowing why he was a bust. 

“People can say bust or whatever the case may be, and it is attached to my name by default,” White said. “So I think for me, okay, you can say Kevin White’s a bust because it didn’t work out. Absolutely. 

“But you can’t say Kevin White can’t play this game or Kevin White can’t get open or Kevin White’s dropping passes. You couldn’t say any of that. Not at practice, not in the little bit of games that I did play. 

“You could say injuries, you know, held me back but you can’t say I was out there and just pissed it all (away) — you can’t say that. So that’s how I deal with it.”

White is not on an NFL roster right now. The Bears let him become a free agent after the 2018 season, and he was released by the Arizona Cardinals late last August. A tryout with the Detroit Lions in the fall went nowhere, as White said he wasn’t 100 percent following a Grade 3 hamstring tear suffered in Cardinals camp. 

White felt like he played at a high level in the NFL, even if he only had 285 receiving yards in those 14 games. Most of White’s healthy moments came in practice, though, either during non-padded OTA practices or training camp. But he still can project the kind of confidence teams want out of their wide receivers, even if he’s not currently on a team.

“If I was out there playing, healthy and I couldn’t get open, getting strapped every play or dropping balls — okay, I can take that and yeah, I didn’t do well, I haven’t been playing well and I’m a bust because of my numbers,” White said. “But with injuries and not being out there, I can’t do anything.”

A stress fracture in his leg sidelined White for his entire rookie year. Then, just as he felt he was starting to realize his potential, he suffered a severe ankle sprain and fractured fibula four weeks into the 2016 season. His scapula was fractured on a freak hit against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter of 2017’s first game. 

Three serious injuries. Three grueling rehabs. In three consecutive years. 

It’s hard to fathom the mental and physical toll that can take on someone. 

“I got dealt bust cards and can’t cry about it, complain about it, but it is kind of a punch in the stomach,” White said. “It’s like, I got all the talent in the world, done it the right way. Like why, God? What am I doing wrong? What do you want me to see out of being hurt year after year after year?”

White still can say he was the seventh overall pick in an NFL Draft. He had a 1,000-yard season at West Virginia. He felt like he went about his career the right way both on and off the field, and just was the victim of horrible, brutal luck. 

MORE: Why Kevin White feels cheated by football

But White is also only 27 years old. He’s got a lot of life ahead of him. And while he’s still hoping to get another shot in the NFL, he’s also working to make sure being a bust doesn’t define his own life. 

Even if that’s what he’ll always be known for by everyone else. 

“You can’t let one thing in your life — okay, let’s say I never play a down of football ever again. I can’t let that consume the rest of my life,” White said. “That’s like a smidge compared to, hopefully, how long I’m gonna live. But it’s also a big part of my life so I do care about it, I do think about it but I’m not going to let it consume my life. 

“I wouldn’t let football consume my life. It’s other things to do, it’s life. You got one life, I want to enjoy it, do the best I can at whatever profession I’m doing. But I just try to be happy. I’m alive. A lot of people aren’t alive right now. 

“Why would I cry about what other people think or how my career has gone? A lot of people can’t say the things I’ve accomplished. 

“But yeah," White added, "just take it on the chin.” 

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Under Center Podcast: Former Bears WR Kevin White opens up about his career

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Under Center Podcast: Former Bears WR Kevin White opens up about his career

In 2015, his very first draft as Bears GM, Ryan Pace selected wide receiver Kevin White seventh overall. White was let ago after his rookie deal, leaving fans confused and wondering why his Bears tenure was so short-lived.

NBCS Bears insider JJ Stankevitz got a chance to talk with White about his career with the Bears, where it went wrong and how he's still fighting to get rid of the bust label by his name.

(4:41) - What did it mean for White to be selected 7th overall?

(11:21) - Is it difficult for White having the word "bust" attached to his name?

(17:40) - Things the average fans don't know about constantly rehabbing injuries

(26:07) - White describes what went wrong in 2018 for him

(34:07) - White feels he could have gotten a better shot to play

(42:10) - White wants to prove to Chicago fans that he was worth the pick

Listen here or below.

Under Center Podcast

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