Kevin White Must Step Up For The Chicago Bears [Opinion]

Kevin White of the Chicago Bears is facing a make or break season. The former No. 7 pick in the 2015 NFL draft has yet to carve his niche in the league. The culprit has not been a lack of production, but more so injuries.

Injuries in football always create opportunities for players to step up. It was an injury to Kevin White last season, which opened the door for his Bears’ teammate Cameron Meredith to play well. Ironically, it is an injury to Meredith that opens the door for White.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Cameron Meredith will miss some time with a torn ligament in his thumb.

The Bears believe that Meredith will be unable to work out with the team until training camp. It remains to be seen if Meredith will need surgery to repair his thumb, but according to the Chicago Tribune,surgery may take place if the team doctors deem it necessary.

Being out will cost Meredith time to build chemistry with new Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky. There is an opening for another wide receiver to take over his time until he returns.

Kevin White can and should step into the role vacated by Meredith. Besides, being a top wide receiver is why the Chicago Bears drafted him in the first place.

Since being drafted by the Chicago Bears this is the first time Kevin White is fully healthy during the offseason. White had a fractured shin that he suffered just weeks after the Bears took him. He did not appear in a single contest for the Bears in 2015, marking that as a redshirt season.

The first time that Kevin White appeared in a regular season game, he struggled, only catching three passes for 34 yards. White was lost for the season three games later in Week 4.

Kevin White’s Chicago Bears’ contribution to date is 19 catches, for 187 measly yards. It is something that has not been lost on the third-year receiver.

Kevin White is motivated (courtesy of CBS Chicago) this year with the injuries, hopefully in the rear view mirror. Thus far, Bears’ starting quarterback Mike Glennon likes what he sees.

“He’s a big body, he’s fast, he’s got good catch radius. It’s just got to all come together, and I think it will once he plays. He hasn’t had a big opportunity to play. Once he gets out there, I think he’s gonna do a lot of good things.”

That should be good news for Chicago Bears’ fans, who are looking for reasons to get excited about the team.

Kevin White has what it takes to be one of the top wide receivers in football. He is 6-foot-3, therefore the height is there. He is also quick with the football in his hands. What White has to prove is his effectiveness to run crisp routes. The latter will be the difference in a great season and another subpar campaign.

Time away from the football field is the blame for White’s ineffectiveness last season. That only got worse when he wound up injured reserve after Week 4.

Getting consistent reps in Bears’ practice will not be a problem for Kevin White. He is a former top 10 draft pick, who has three more seasons left on his rookie deal. The Bears want him to succeed. White has to show with his on the field play that he is motivated. Especially with three new additions in the Bears’ receiving corps.

Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton, and veteran Victor Cruz were all added in the offseason. Each of them will push for playing time. Wright and Cruz are on one-year contracts and they are looking to prove that they are still viable NFL players. Kevin White will have to show the Chicago Bears that his time is now.

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