Bears replace Brandon Marshall with his 'baby bro' Kevin White


Bears replace Brandon Marshall with his 'baby bro' Kevin White

How do you replace one of the top wide receivers in franchise history?

By drafting his baby brother. Figuratively.

The Bears selected West Virginia wideout Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday evening at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and coincidentally White shares a bond with the receiver Bears GM Ryan Pace exiled out of Chicago earlier this offseason. 

Marshall reached out to White's former Mountaineer teammate, Ivan McCartney, who is the cousin of ex-NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson to get White's number. 

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"Brandon got a hold of me," White revealed on Thursday. "He texted me out of the blue and said 'it's B-Marsh lil bro.' And I was like what? I was like this isn't Brandon Marshall. It was him and he wanted to congratulate me on how good of a season I was having. And to maybe to go train with him for the Combine. He told me how much he loved my game. It was an honor getting a text for him."

Immediately following the Bears' selection of White, Marshall took to Instagram to wish his "baby brother" luck in Chicago.

White, who Pace called a "special athlete" on Thursday, comes to Chicago with high expectations. He is the first receiver the Bears have drafted in the first round since selecting David Terrell No. 8 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft.

But proving himself to the doubters isn't anything new in White's journey to the NFL.

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After receiving only a handful offers coming out of high school, White choose to attend Lackawanna junior college in Pennsylvania. He spent two years there before recruiting for himself by emailing over 250 schools. West Virginia gave White the opportunity and the rest is history. 

And now White intends to prove himself to Bears fans, but he made one thing clear: he's no Marshall replacement.

"I've been watching him since I was younger," White said. "I'm a big fan of Brandon Marshall. I'm not going to look at it like I'm going to replace Brandon Marshall. I'm going to be myself, play my game and hopefully give the fans what they want to see and help the team win some games."

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

A boatload of Madden ratings dropped on Monday, and with it, more content than you could shake a stick at. 

The Bears, predictably, got a fair bit of love on the defensive side of the ball and were largely ignored on offense. 

No Fangio, No Problem

For a wide variety of reasons, it's trendy to point out that the Bears' defense is headed for some regression this season. Madden disagrees, though, rating the Bears defense (88) as the best in football. They did also give the Houston Texans' defense an 88 as well, but never let the details get in the way of a good story. Here's what they said: 

For Chicago, the unit is fronted by 99 Club member, LOLB Khalil Mack. FS Eddie Jackson (91 OVR) is a Superstar X-Factor like his teammate, Mack. That’s a scary combination for any opposing quarterback. Toss in CB Kyle Fuller (89 OVR) and you can see why this Bears unit should roar out of the gate in Madden 20. 

Year 2 Mitch Doesn't Get Any Love 

Trubisky was rated as the 24th best QB, which is already being debated passionately, regardless of how debatable it actually is. What's lowkey worse is that Chase Daniel, the 9-year NFL vet, got the same rating as Dax Raymond, the undrafted free agent. 

May We Remind You That Khalil Mack Is A Terrific Football Player 

Earlier in the month, Mack was revealed as one of the 4 players who received the infamous 99 rating. That means he's also the top-ranked LOLB, two points ahead of Denver's Von Miller and 16 points ahead of any NFC North LOLB. Enjoy those draft picks, Oakland! 

Akiem Hicks Gets Snubbed And Frankly We've Just About Had It 

Hicks was ranked as the 19th-best defensive lineman, which is just objectively untrue. In some alternate universe, there may be 18 better defensive linemen than Akiem Hicks, but that is just simply inaccurate in this one. He was heated about his rating, and we cannot blame him. 

The Lowest Ranked Bears Player Was ... 

Patrick Scales. Sorry Patrick Scales.

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

EA Sports released the full Madden 20 player ratings for every team in the NFL, and not everyone was happy with the numbers they received.

The Bears shared a video of backup quarterback Chase Daniel revealing ratings to his teammates, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks seemed the most upset of the group.

“Bring some of the scouts out here doing the madden ratings,” Hicks said. “Tell them to come see me.”

Hicks received an overall rating of 87, tied for fourth-highest on the team and 10th-highest among defensive ends.

He has the same rating as Green Bay Packers DE Mike Daniels and Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers.

In the video, running back Tarik Cohen was disappointed with his 92 speed, which is tied for third-fastest on the team behind wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Emanuel Hall.

Cohen does lead the Bears with 97 agility and 92 elusiveness, but he thought his throwing power stat should be higher than 51 after his two career passing touchdowns.