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Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12:41pm
The Chicago Bears receiver has just one catch in each of the three contests. The trio of snatches has gone for a grand total of 12 yards, with a long of six. That's not exactly what the Bears had in mind after making him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
White's struggles continued Saturday afternoon in a 23-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that saw the Bears' first-team offense rack up a whopping 20 yards on 18 first-half plays. For the day, White caught one pass for three yards on four targets, had a poor drop and ran a bad route in the red zone.
White missed all of last season due to injury and hasn't hit the ground running thus far in preseason.
"It's just growing pains," quarterback Jay Cutler said of his receiver, via CSN Chicago. "It's just kind of how it is, his 'rookie' year, not really playing a lot of college football... . We're working with him and he's doing everything he possibly can to work through it and be where it's supposed to be.
White has the size and speed to be a difference maker but has yet to flash any of that skill in the preseason. The Bears aren't even asking White to use all that talent. White ran a 4.35 40-yard-dash at the Combine, but Chicago is utilizing White mainly on bubble screens, shallow crossers and quick outs. The Bears haven't even attempted to stretch the field with the fast receiver, which is akin to buying a speed boat and never leaving the no-wake zone, the story said.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 12:03pm
Jay Cutler may have lost a few receiving options, like Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, but that shouldn’t be a major concern. Jeremy Langford should replace Forte in the backfield, as we already saw last season, and Zach Miller looked fine at the end of last season as well. Plus, Cutler gains last year’s first-round wideout Kevin White, who will return from his season-long injury. He also will hopefully have receiver Alshon Jeffery healthy for the season. The star wideout only played in nine games in 2015, and was playing hurt for most of them.
Despite a hobbled Jeffery, and most of his receiving options missing games as well, Cutler was able to reduce his interceptions and finished with the highest quarterback rating (92.3) of his career in 2015.
There’s not a whole lot to get excited about with Cutler this season. Even though his quarterback rating was higher last season, his passing yards, attempts and touchdowns were all lower. He’s also starting to reach the age (33) where we begin to see a decline in quarterback’s production.
To make matters worse, the Bears’ offensive line has a lot of question marks. They lost three linemen to free agency, and added rookie Cody Whitehair and former Cardinal Bobby Massie. Pro Football Focus ranked the Bears’ o-line 30th out of 32 teams as a projection for the upcoming season.
There’s not much doubt the Bears believe in Cutler and will start him as long as he remains healthy. But there are just so many other quarterbacks with more promise. We’re not saying he’s the worst option available, but he’s nothing more than a backup option.
2016 Strength of Schedule - CHI
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||20.73||32.20||243.93||1.40||0.73||7.58||11.77||2.53||13.40||0.07||0.33||5.29||66.13/69.07||95.93% |