Chicago Bears: Hall of Fame Game raises eyebrows about wide receivers

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1. Kevin White appears safe

The most mind-boggling part of Thursday night’s action was the fact that fourth-year wideout Kevin White was not on the field. Typically, if you sit out the first preseason game like White did, it means you have already made the roster.

The former no. 7 overall pick may have impressed the coaches enough over the course of training camp to earn a spot already. That’s fine and dandy, but the fact of the matter is, this kid has hardly played in live game action over the course of his three years in the NFL. Has he really proved enough in camp to earn a spot already? This group of wideouts is much-improved from a year ago, so it doesn’t sit well with me that White appears to have already made the team.

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Why not give him reps? The guy needs reps — period. The one thing he has missed most over his first three years is repetition. Why not put him out there? He isn’t the top guy on the team by any means. Heck, at this point, he’s the number four receiver on the depth chart. Is that really high enough of a status to be placed on the sideline for the team’s first preseason game?

Again, it doesn’t matter if he’s apparently already made the team. White needed to be out there. Head coach Matt Nagy showed us a lot last night — a lot of good, I might add. One of the only question marks I came away with in terms of coaching, though, is regarding White. He needed to be on the field, and that’s a fact.