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John Fox still sees some rust with Kevin White, so it's WD-40 time

John Fox still sees some rust with Kevin White, so it's WD-40 time

WD-40, according to the outside of the can, "loosens rusted parts."

That's why the Bears likely have a can or two handy.

Head coach John Fox dropped a reference to the household spray Tuesday, when he was asked about wide receiver Kevin White, who's set to see the field for the first time as an NFL player after his rookie season was wiped away with an injury last year.

Understandably, White is still showing some effects of coming off the injury, according to Fox, and so the Bears are still working him back into shape.

"There's some rust. Any time somebody doesn't practice and play, we call it 'bring the WD-40 out and spray the rust off,'" Fox said. "I'm seeing progress in him getting back into football condition."

There are high hopes for White, who the Bears picked with the No. 7 pick in last year's NFL Draft. At West Virginia, White wowed, catching 109 passes during his senior season for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But White isn't the only Bears wideout coming off injury. That's the story, too, for Alshon Jeffery, and both the rookie and the veteran are working their way back this summer ahead of the 2016 campaign.

"They're both very, very talented players. We're trying to get them in condition for a regular football season," Fox said. "I think being out here at practice, the more they get that timing with the quarterback and the rest of their offensive teammates the better. We've had a little bit of a string there — knock on wood — but when they're healthy they're capable."

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

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NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will. 

The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season

Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say

Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.

Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!