CHICAGO – It’s been a long time – 591 days to be exact – since former WVU wide receiver Kevin White saw action in a football game. Following an illustrious senior campaign in Morgantown, the Chicago Bears selected White seventh overall in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. But, due to a lingering shin injury, the previous Biletnikoff Award finalist was forced to miss the entirety of his rookie season.
Thursday night, White made his highly anticipated professional debut in the Bears preseason opener against the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Though he only caught one pass for three short yards in a disappointing 22-0 loss, White was at least pleased to finally get his first taste of real NFL experience.
“It felt good,” he said following the game. “I didn’t feel any different. It was a long time since I’ve played in a game… It feels good to get back out there, but we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
The Bears struggled immensely on the offensive side, gaining only 130 total yards. Despite a shaky preseason start, QB Jay Cutler believes Chicago’s offense is right where it needs to be with a young talent like White at full health and in a position to contribute regularly.
“I think the sky is the limit,” Cutler told CSN Chicago. “He’s (White) an unbelievable kid. You know that every day he comes to work he’s going to give you everything he has. His demeanor on or off the field doesn’t change.”
Chicago’s next preseason game is scheduled for August 18 at the New England Patriots.
Quotes in this article courtesy of CSN Chicago and chicagobears.com
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