White (leg) did not participate in the Bears' OTA on Tuesday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. White doesn't have any new injuries, but head coach John Fox is not certain whether the 2015 first-rounder will participate at all in OTAs this offseason. He has appeared in just four career games, hauling in 19 passes for 187 yards on 36 targets last season. He'll compete for the No. 1 spot at wide receiver for the Bears upon his return, but Cameron Meredith, Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright are all solid candidates to vulture targets of their own.
Head coach John Fox said White (leg) looks healthy and is having a great offseason, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports. White is more than seven months removed from suffering the fractured fibula that ended his season after Week 4 and limited him to 19 catches for 187 yards on 36 targets. He missed his entire rookie year with a fractured tibia in the same leg, but there's been nothing to suggest the two injuries were anything more than an unfortunate coincidence. Given his volume in a limited sample last season -- 8.8 targets per game -- along with the Bears' decision to let Alshon Jeffery leave in free agency, it's clear the team still holds realistic hopes White will develop into a No. 1 receiver. The No. 7 overall pick from the 2015 draft should be assured of a starting spot if he stays healthy, but he'll have competition for targets in a revamped receiving corps that includes 2016 breakout star Cameron Meredith and free-agent acquisitions Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright.
White (leg) was on the field Tuesday for the start of the Bears' voluntary offseason program, Adam Jahns of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. The No. 7 overall pick from the 2015 draft has played only four regular-season games through two years, first missing his entire rookie campaign with a broken right tibia, and then sitting out the final 12 games of last season due to a broken fibula in the same leg. He did lead the Bears with 19 receptions and 35 targets at the time of last year's injury, comfortably outpacing free-agent departure Alshon Jeffery in both categories. While the Bears have a high-upside duo in the form of White and 2016 breakout star Cameron Meredith, concerns regarding injuries and depth motivated the signings of Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright in the offseason. The team might also consider adding more talent via the draft, which would lead to ample competition for targets in an offense that doesn't figure to produce big passing stats. Even with some obstacles in his way -- including the possibility new quarterback Mike Glennon will disappoint -- White has the physical tools to emerge as a bonafide No. 1 receiver. It sounds as if he's close to full strength, if not all the way there, for the start of the offseason program.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace still has high expectations of White (fibula), Larry Mayer of the team's official website reports. "Knowing [White's] work ethic and his approach and his support system, I know he's going to come back ready to go," said Pace. "He has just got to shake off some of that bad luck. Kevin is going to have to step up and stay healthy." Selected No. 7 overall in the 2015 draft, White missed his entire rookie campaign with a broken right tibia, and then sat out the final 12 games of last season due to a broken fibula in the same leg. He caught 19 passes for 187 yards in his four appearances, with his 35 targets over that span easily topping Alshon Jeffery's 25. With Jeffery departing for Philadelphia in the offseason, White and 2015 breakout star Cameron Meredith are expected to take over as the starting wideouts, though free-agent additions Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright could also be heavily involved. Mike Glennon will direct the new-look Chicago offense, which likely will place a heavy emphasis on its Jordan Howard-led rushing attack. There's plenty of competition for targets in an offense that doesn't figure to post huge passing numbers, but White does have real potential to emerge as the go-to receiver, boasting the physical tools of a high-end No. 1 wideout. He should be fully recovered for training camp and may even participate in a sizable portion of the team's offseason program.
White (fibula) and Cameron Meredith project as the Bears' starting wide receivers, CSN Chicago reports. The Bears replaced Alshon Jeffery with Markus Wheaton, who projects as more of a No. 3 or 4 receiver than a starter. The team could still add more talent at the position, but the Bears are probably content to go to battle with White and Cameron Meredith as the primary targets for quarterback Mike Glennon. General manager Ryan Pace said White is coming along fast in his recovery from the broken fibula that ended his 2016 season after Week 4. The 2015 first-round selection missed all of 2015 with a broken tibia in the same leg.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||22.88|
|4||09/29||@Green Bay Packers||33||29.11|
|8||10/29||@New Orleans Saints||29||24.75|
|10||11/12||Green Bay Packers||33||29.11|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||27||24.25|
|3 Year Avg||35||19||187||0||8||9.84||18|