Chicago Bears: 3 players to watch in preseason opener

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No. 3: Kevin White

If the Bears had played in the Hall of Fame Game every year, I’m sure we’d see Kevin White on this list each of the last four years.

Thats because we still don’t know what we’re getting out of him.

The 2015 seventh-overall pick out of West Virginia has played in just five games in his first three seasons.

White missed all but one game last season after suffering a season-ending injury in the Bears week one loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

White is listed on the Bears depth chart as a second-string wide receiver. Therefore we’ll see a lot of him on Thursday night, maybe even more than we’ve really seen at all.

At the age of 26, Kevin White likely has one more chance at being a productive NFL wide receiver. Obviously maintaining good health is the first step in that process, but White needs to actually produce once he can stay on the field, something that it looks like he’s struggled with thus far:


The exact opposite of the case with Toliver, White still has a shot at salvaging a roster spot through a strong performance in games despite a tough camp.

If White stays healthy, and shows even a bit of potential in games and practice, he’ll likely have a roster spot.

However, nothing is set in stone. White needs to play well in the preseason in order to make the Bears roster. Thursday would be a great start, especially after a rough start to camp.

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Once the starters leave the game after the first quarter, all eyes will be on the Bears second unit, especially these three players.

There are four more preseason games after Thursday’s, but a first impression is everything, and the Bears will look to make a good one on Thursday night.