After months of offseason hype surrounding the now-healthy former seventh overall pick, White’s preseason contributions have been marginal.
Thus far, White has a combined two receptions for nine yards on four targets in a pair of exhibition games, not exactly gaudy numbers for the No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery.
Preseason games, however, can be deceiving on many levels.
Despite White’s pedestrian statistics, Jeffery thinks the second-year wideout is on track to experience regular-season success.
“He's taking coaching well and learning, because, I mean, he missed the whole year last year, so this year he's progressing right where we need him to be,” Jeffery said. “He listens to the coaches, and he's making plays and he's having fun.”
Jeffery, the Bears’ franchise-tag player, is passing along subtle tips to White, who has missed just one open training camp practice, which, if nothing else, constitutes some progress for player who developed a stress fracture in his shin overtraining for the NFL combine last year.
“I just told him to play physical because he's big, he's strong and he's fast,” Jeffery said. “Coach Curtis Johnson reminds him of that all the time. So, just told him to go out and have fun, just play physical and just do what he’s been doing.”
The best glimpse of White in the preseason could come Saturday versus the Kanas City Chiefs, where the Bears' first team is expected to play at least one full half. While it’s not a requirement, it would be beneficial for White to get more involved offensively, without compromising what Chicago’s offense truly intends to do Week 1 at Houston.
The Bears have not hesitated to throw the ball in Jeffery’s direction (three preseason receptions for 53 yards) since he returned from a hamstring injury. White needs to get on the same plan in the final tune-up at Soldier Field.