Bears news: Kevin White making an impression in Chicago with 'next-play mentality'
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Bears WR Kevin White making an impression in Chicago with ‘next-play mentality’

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Through his first three years in the league, Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White has had much difficulty staying on the field due to nagging injuries over his brief NFL career.

However, White appears to have finally moved past those previous injury woes that have led to him putting together a strong showing so far through the offseason workouts and the first few days of training camp. Head coach Matt Nagy has taken quick notice of the strong impression that the former first-round wideout has made on the practice most notably with his mental approach, according to Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic.

It has been nothing short than trying time for White over his first couple of years that have tested his mental fortitude and commitment to his craft. He has only taken the field in five games over that span where has produced just 21 catches on 39 targets for 193 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. This saw him miss his entire rookie campaign due to a stress fracture in his shin. It was followed by a fractured fibula after four games into the campaign and then suffered a season-ending fractured left shoulder blade in the first game of the 2017 season.

All of this has led to the Bears choosing to decline the fifth-year option on his rookie deal for the 2019 season, which has put a great level of importance on his play for the upcoming campaign. This is his chance to showcase that he has a promising future ahead of him as a cornerstone in the passing game that can grow alongside second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as one of his primary targets.

These next few weeks will set the table for what should be a critical 2018 season where the future of his NFL career will be on the line.