Much of the conversation following Cameron Meredithâ€™s season-ending knee injury focused on the difficulty of the Bears depth at in that position, or lack of it.
However hey, wait a minute, shouldnâ€™t the query be Kevin White?
Why isnâ€™t he catching probably the most passes? Does he know how you can get open? Where is he? Ollie, ollie, oxen free.
These are questions you shouldnâ€™t be asking about a receiver drafted within the 1st spherical. However these are the questions being asked of White, & the fear is these questions will continue to be asked.
Within the 1st two exhibition games with a first-string offense in that desperately needed to show some semblance of, well, offense, White managed two catches for 2 yards.
Perhaps itâ€™s me, still I consider some first-round draft picks have contributed more.
Then came the 3rd practice game against the Titans on Sun.. That was the game by which Meredith suffered a knee injury that’s so offensive we apparently arenâ€™t done learning what else is ruined in there.
Which meant in that mightâ€™ve been a game by which White would show how far he has get back from accidents & inexperience.
Particularly, in that mightâ€™ve been a game during which he would show he can play to his hype as the seventh general decide three years of time of time ago.
Nevertheless, he shouldâ€™ve been showing these skills before Meredithâ€™s injury if solely 'cause he was on a roster on which an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State was viewed as the No. 1 receiver. Pride shouldâ€™ve produced some kind of motivation. The- Bears might solely hope the cart in that drove sadly onto the sector to decide up Meredith was additionally bringing an alarm clock for White.
However no. Not Sun., anyway. White didnâ€™t catch a pass from Mike Glennon after Meredithâ€™s injury.
In all, White caught two passes Sun.: an 11-yard bubble screen from Glennon on the first-stringâ€™s lone TD drive & after a 19-yarder from Mitch Trubisky to transform a 3rd down. In three practice games, White has 4 catches for 32 yards. Thatâ€™s about one drive for Kendall Wright.
Receiver already was a weak position for the Bears, & an enormous part of in that has-been Whiteâ€™s accidents & invisibility. White suffered a stress fracture in a shin before his 1st training camp after which suffered a fractured fibula & high ankle sprain in Week four last season.
Meredithâ€™s injury ripped open the wound on the Bearsâ€™ receiver issues. White should be the guy who prevents in that unit from bleeding out. Glennon desperately needs White to play to his predraft scouting report. He must turn in to a weapon for which opponents game-plan. If not now, when?
White faces larger expectations. Iâ€™m positive he knows that. What I donâ€™t know is what White can do when everyoneâ€™s watching. Some guys canâ€™t play. Some can. Some guys perform better when thereâ€™s pressure. Different get asphyxiated.
We donâ€™t know which one White is. Itâ€™s on White to show us in that everybody else ought to be in comparison with him, not vice-versa.