Report: Former Bears WR Kevin White To Try Out For Jets

The Bears drafted White in the first round in 2015.

Jordan Cohn
August 21, 2020 - 9:45 am

When the Bears selected receiver Kevin White with the seventh pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, the organization certainly expected him to haul in more than 25 balls in his rookie season. They certainly thought he'd go for at least 300 yards. At the least, Chicagoans expected their first-round pick to score a touchdown.

But five full years after White was drafted, the oft-injured receiver hasn't achieved any of those feats throughout his entire career. His numbers currently sit at 25 catches, 285 yards and zero touchdowns. He's played in only 14 NFL games. He's 28 years old.

And he's seeking a new start. White will be working out for the New York Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported.

The Jets' receiving corps lost a big piece in Robby Anderson, and the organization also decided to release Quincy Enunwa. They gained a couple of notable assets in Breshad Perriman and draft addition Denzel Mims (who's nursing a hamstring injury). Former Patriots, Bills and Dolphins receiver Chris Hogan also joined the Jets, completing his circuit around the AFC East. Jamison Crowder is still going to work as quarterback Sam Darnold's trusty underneath target. And they're working out other veteran receivers still.

In an attempt to secure some more talent surrounding Darnold, the Jets may be willing to throw a bunch of receivers out on the field and see what works. After all, White was drafted as highly as he was for a reason: the guy can play -- or at least could play when healthy.

Should the Jets like what they see and take a gamble, health will obviously be the biggest factor, as this extremely official graph indicates.

White's lengthy injury history includes a stress fracture in his leg that kept him out for his whole rookie season, a severe ankle sprain and fractured fibula the following year and a fractured scapula in the next one (via NBC Sports).

Time will tell -- along with a good tryout -- whether Darnold will have White in his receiving corps for 2020.

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