WR Kevin White - Free Agent
|6-3, 215||Born: 6-25-1992||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
2017 Week 1 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Broken scapula, out for the season again.
2016 Week 1 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Kevin White's first game in the National Football League did not go well, not in the least. White, who was questionable to play due to a mysterious hamstring injury, never managed to get on the same page with his quarterback. White received seven targets in the game, catching only three of those for 34 yards. There are two plays from White that stand out. In the first half, White looked to run 2-3 steps too deep on a route that ended with a Jay Cutler pass at his feet. Now, one could argue that Cutler simply threw short, which wouldn't have been the first time. But it looked pretty clear that White was somewhat lost on that play. And in the second half, Cutler threw an interception after White cut off his route instead of finishing the "out" portion of the route, which would have put him near the sideline. White has a lot of learning to do when it comes to being a successful receiver in the NFL. With that said, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox absolutely love this kid and will give him every chance possible to get acclimated. Give it time, folks. He'll (hopefully) get there.
2016 Week 2 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Kevin White took a lot of heat after his performance in Week 1, the first game of his professional career. Clearly he learned something from the initial experience because he definitely bounced back in Week 2. The second-year receiver caught four passes on six targets for 37 yards in Chicago's loss on Monday night. Nearly all of his touches came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, but to no fault of his own. White is being used in the most conservative of ways. With how difficult it's been for the Bears' offensive line to protect the quarterback, keeping White close to the line gives Jay Cutler a quick outlet. The state of the Bears' offense is what will keep White from blowing up a box score. It's obviously too soon to make any rash judgements on what White can and can't do, but we do know that White is nowhere close to being the receiver we all thought he would be this season.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (14 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
Kevin White received an eye-popping (team high) 14 targets in Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The second-year wideout hauled in only six of those 14 targets for 62 yards. While it's great to see White leading the team in targets, it's hard to get excited about it when you consider how nearly all of his targets came while running lateral routes. Only one or two of those targets came while running up the field, something that should be concerning when talking about a wide receiver who is supposed to have over-the-top-type speed, as the Bears billed him after the draft. White, who missed the entire 2015 season due to an injury, has been slow to find his rhythm through the first three games of the year. Whether it be because he's still adjusting to NFL speed or because of the way he's being used, it's hard to forecast what White will be able to do for this offense, under a collection of quarterbacks who leave a lot to be desired. Unless you're in the deepest of deep fantasy leagues or a dynasty league, you probably shouldn't be holding on to Kevin White.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (9 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Kevin White on Sunday took another step forward in his growth as an NFL wide receiver, White caught six passes on nine targets for 55 yards. His nine targets led the team. White also left the game early due to an ankle injury. White is set to have an MRI on Monday on his injured ankle. So there's bad with the good. White, while he has not been the burner we all thought he would be, is making a name for himself as a steady pass-catcher in the middle of the field. Given how much Brian Hoyer has relied on the underneath route in his two starts, there's no reason to think White cannot continue to rack up receptions, given he's able to stay on the field.