It was only the final day of rookie minicamp, i.e., orientation, but Kevin White gave a brief preview of what may be coming.
The wide receiver and No. 7 pick of the draft broke free in the secondary as tryout quarterback Patrick Devlin lofted a 30-yard spiral White’s way down the right sideline. White laid out to make a diving, rolling catch that put an exclamation point on his first time in a Chicago Bears helmet.
Whether coaches wanted quite that much effort out of their new prospects might be a question, but “[the rookies] did a great job,” coach John Fox said after Sunday’s final minicamp session.
“I thanked them for their efforts and the way they conducted themselves. They were really good all throughout the building, spending 12 hours a day here.”
Halas Hall will return to work with Bears veterans and others under contract on Monday, pointing toward organized team activities starting the last week of this month, a mandatory minicamp in mid-June and training camp at the end of July.
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The drills this weekend were for more than just the players.
“These have been good practices for us, just how we run practice, whether it’s the equipment men or the training staff, it’s just different,” Fox said. “Everybody does it different and we’re not any different than that, so [we are] practicing practicing.”