Chicago Bears should expect breakout season from Kevin White

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With little to no expectations heaped on him going into NFL training camp, Kevin White might have his best season with the Chicago Bears.

Wide receiver Kevin White has yet to catch a break in his during his time with the Chicago Bears. The first-ever draft pick made by Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace has dealt with the injury bug in each of his three NFL seasons. On Thursday, White joined the Bears as they convene for NFL training camp with little to no expectations heading into the season.

Last year ended much earlier than White expected. The Bears placed White on injured reserve after the season opener. White suffered from a fractured scapula after his only catch against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bears were hoping that White could return later in the year, however, they eventually decided that it was not worth the risk of re-injury.

Between then and now things are remarkably different for White and the Bears. The Bears were coached by a conservative head coach in John Fox. Also, Mike Glennon was calling plays for the Bears under center. Again, the Bears are vastly different.

The Bears are now being coached by the offensive-minded Matt Nagy. Most importantly for White, Mitch Trubisky is the Bears’ starting quarterback this time around. There is the possibility of a clean slate for White. Everyone associated with the Bears is hoping for a breakout year for the beleaguered wide receiver.

White has been under scrutiny not because of poor play, he has not stayed healthy. Bears fans got a glimpse of his potential. What matters most is what White can do during a meaningful game.

Can White become a receiver that gives opposing defenses nightmares? The Bears’ coaching staff has been pleased with White’s early returns.

There are rumblings that Coach Nagy will develop an offensive package that will feature White lining up with Bears’ offseason acquisition, wide receiver Allen Robinson. It will be considered a twin towers package.

The attention Robinson will garner as a proven receiver will help White in terms of matchups. Separating from defenders is something White must do in order to have any success with the Bears.

The Bears are not looking for White to make an impact. In fact, White is not a slam dunk to make the Bears’ final 53-man roster at the end of August. It can prove to be a gift, not a curse for him.

White entered Bears’ training camp with no pressure to be the go-to star. Instead, White is in a position battle. He is not only fighting for a job with the Bears, he is fighting for his NFL career. White should show his best performances because of this. The fact that he is building a strong rapport with Trubisky helps.

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With training camp for the Bears, all eyes will be on the biggest names. However, it is Kevin White, a perceived afterthought who should be looked upon to finally having a breakout season.