LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains hinted Friday he could scale back some of wide receiver Kevin White's responsibilities to ensure the 2015 first-round pick is comfortable within the offense.
"[We need to] just continue to make sure we're putting him in situations to be successful," Loggains said. "Make sure that we don't make the route tree too much for him and make sure that we're finding a good role in the offense for him as he continues to grow.
"We understand, it's his first year playing. There's going to be some bumps, but he's going to keep getting better every day. The thing we've preached to him is, things are going to happen. When they do happen, don't make the same mistake twice. Continue to make new mistakes, because that's part of it, that's part of the growth and the maturation process for him."
Selected seventh overall in 2015, White thrived in college with 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season at West Virginia. He later wowed scouts by running a 4.35 at the NFL combine, but since missing all of last year with a stress fracture that required surgery, White has yet to use that blazing speed to his advantage.
Loggains think he knows how White can play fast at the NFL level.
"Trying to keep his role as simple as possible for him and do things that he's very comfortable doing," Loggains said. "At West Virginia, the route tree wasn't big. He played on one side of the field. Making sure that we put him in situations that it's stuff that he's familiar with and comfortable with is the biggest thing, and just give him a bunch of reps. The biggest thing that has probably hurt him is the injuries that have kind of hampered his growth in training camp with dealing with some of those things."
White caught three passes for 34 yards in the season opener but also ran the wrong route on a play that resulted in an interception by Jay Cutler.
Loggains dismissed the notion that White lost confidence over the Sunday misstep, which occurred when Houston Texans safety Andre Hall showed White a look in coverage he hadn't seen before on film.
"I don't think that his confidence went down," Loggains said. "Kev is his worst critic. He's hard on himself. He is a pleaser. He wants to play well for Jay . He wants to help alleviate some stress off Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller, and he wants to make sure he's doing his role and that's why we love the kid, that's why he's going to be a good player. He cares so much and he wants to be good. He's staying extra and he's working and he's doing everything the right way."