Know this, Bears fans: Kevin White is aware of his lackluster debut.
After approximately a year of anticipation, White didn’t exactly amaze anybody with his performance last weekend against the Houston Texans. White caught three passes for 34 yards in his NFL debut and also was partially to blame for a Jay Cutler interception after a route miscommunication. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft is aware that he needs to be better.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do,” White said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve got to be better trying to execute my job. (I’m) definitely still building. Game reps will help. I’m excited, not worried or panicking or anything like that.”
Reps, particularly game reps, are precious for the technically second-year receiver. White’s rookie season was lost by a stress fracture in his foot, which means the West Virginia product is still getting acclimated to the NFL game.
White possesses the raw ability to become a star and his 4.3 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine shouldn’t be forgotten. But, there’s a difference between combine speed and game speed.
There certainly shouldn’t be any reason for panic in Chicago as White is the furthest thing from a bust with only one game under his belt. Then again, seeing Texans true rookie Will Fuller carve the Bears up for 107 yards and a touchdown in the same game might generate some impatience among Bears fans.