Bears WR Kevin White: 'I'm ready to go for next year'
Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White is confident about his immediate future. Although he missed his entire rookie season due to injury, extremely high expectations still exist for the seventh-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
White said he learned a lot while sidelined and he's "ready to go" for 2016.
Via Bears senior writer Larry Mayer:
It was a good learning experience, seeing the older guys, seeing how this organization handled things, staying in the older guys' ears; Jay Cutler, Eddie Royal, a couple other guys. So it was a learning experience but I'm ready to go for next year.
A shin injury started bothering White last spring and eventually led to a surgical procedure in August. He spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list. There was some hope hope for a debut at the end of the year, when the Bears cleared him to practice for three weeks, but that proved to be fruitless.
White, a West Virginia product, was the second wide receiver drafted in 2015, after Amari Cooper of the Oakland Raiders (fourth overall). The 6-foot-3, 217-pound pass-catcher was supposed to team up with Alshon Jeffery, providing quarterback Jay Cutler with a pair of big-bodied receivers who could work the sidelines and stretch the field.
There's still a chance this could happen in 2016, but the Bears would have to get Jeffery under contract for at least one more year.