White caught both of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs.
Just a few days after head coach Matt Nagy said he needed to see more from White, the 2015 first-round pick showed what he could do when he burned a defender for an easy 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He hauled in a short gain on his only other target, but he didn't see much more action before calling it a day. White is clearly under watch from the coaching staff, and this performance was a step in the right direction as he tries to earn their trust. He'll likely need to put forth a solid effort in next week's preseason finale to solidify himself as a factor in the offense when the regular season starts.
White has seen plenty of snaps during the preseason, but other than catching a few short passes, he's yet to show that he's a threat that can push his way into the regular rotation at receiver. He didn't have a great showing in the team's third preseason game against the Broncos, as he caught two passes for 15 yards on four targets. For a player that doesn't figure to contribute on special teams, he could find himself competing for a spot on the regular-season roster.
The seventh overall pick from the 2015 draft, White has been a consistent disappointment for Chicago. He's played in just five games in three seasons, pulling in 21 receptions for 193 yards. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that White's fifth-year option won't be exercised for the 2019 campaign, considering the Bears would've been on the hook for $13.9 million if he suffered another serious injury. White isn't even a lock to make the 53-man roster after the Bears signed Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and selected Anthony Miller in the second round of April's draft. White will compete with Bennie Fowler, Josh Bellamy, Tanner Gentry and a few other players for what likely will be two or three roster spots. For what it's worth, new Bears head coach Matt Nagy has been consistently optimistic when discussing White's outlook for 2018.
Even though White (shoulder) looked sharp while playing fast in offseason workouts, after the Bears traded up in the second round to draft Memphis wideout Miller, White appears to be, at best, the fourth option at wide receiver going into the offseason. As a result, he'll likely need to prove himself during training camp to earn a significant role with the team.
White (shoulder) has looked "sharp" and been playing "fast" during offseason workouts, according to coach Matt Nagy.
Although White is looking good at this stage of the offseason, expectations have to be considered low for someone who's played just five games in three seasons while catching just 21 passes for 193 yards. Aside from being an endgame pick in fantasy drafts for those who like to gamble on potential, he'll likely go undrafted in most leagues.
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