Chicago Bears: 3 reasons Kerrith Whyte was a necessary pick

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Whyte will push those in front of him

While Whyte was at Florida Atlantic, he made sure he saw the football field often. As a backup, or a “complementary” back, it can sometimes be difficult to earn the amount of playing time you’d like to have. Playing behind 2019 third-round pick Devin Singletary, Whyte definitely made the most of his.

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Singletary was one of the more highly-touted backs in this year’s class, but FAU couldn’t keep Whyte off the field. He was simply that good; that competitive.

I hope the running back group in Chicago knows just how much Whyte is going to push them. Florida Atlantic wanted so badly to host the “Singletary show” every game, but they couldn’t. Whyte commanded touches, and he’ll try to do the same with the Bears.

In 2018, Whyte touched the ball a total of 144 times — 134 carries and 10 receptions. In his limited touches, Whyte scored 10 touchdowns — that’s one score every 14 touches.

Fellow 2019 draftee David Montgomery will likely come in as the “feature back,” with Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis getting their fair share of snaps. But, Whyte will be pushing these guys; all spring, all summer and all preseason. Whyte is going to push these three not only to become better, but so that he can see the field — and he will.