Go, Slant, Screen: Why Kevin White’s Camp Shinjury Shouldn’t Worry Fans

| August 3rd, 2015


Kevin White was always going to be a project. Year one of that project was always going to be about adapting his brilliantly raw skills to the rigors (both mental and physical) of the professional game.

The Bears don’t need White to win physical battles down the field. They have Alshon Jeffery for that. They don’t need White to make pivotal catches on mid-range third downs. That’s why they signed Eddie Royal, Ryan Pace’s most underrated offseason move. The Bears need White to finish the 2015 campaign having figured it out. They – the team and the player – know he has the skills. By the end of this season both need an understanding of what will be required to harness those skills

But in the meantime he has to do some stuff. He can’t redshirt. And that stuff is easily divisible into three categories: go, slant and screen. Those are now presented to you in dramatic form.


Jay: Hey Kevin.
Kevin: Sup, Jay.
Jay: You see that guy standing in front of you?
Kevin: Yea.
Jay: Run by him.

Kevin: K.
Jay: Then I’m going to throw the ball really far. You go catch it.
Kevin: Sounds good.


Jay: Kev, you know when you’re driving…
Kevin: Like in a car?
Jay: Yea, a car. What else would I mean?
Kevin : I thought you meant like basketball…
Jay: No.
Kevin: Okay.
Jay: You know when you’re driving and the car in front of you is going too slow so you dive into the left lane and pass?
Kevin: Yea.
Jay: So sorta do that. If you are on the left side, dive right. Right side, dive left. And the ball will be waiting for you.
Kevin: What do I do when I catch it?
Jay: Run.


Jay: You turn around and face me.
Kevin: That’s it?
Jay: Yep. You turn. Face me. I throw the ball to you. You turn again. You run.
Kevin: That sounds easy.
Jay: It ain’t hard.

That’s it. That should be Kevin White’s rookie route tree. And because of the simplicity of what he’ll be asked to do, missing time at the beginning of training camp doesn’t mean all that much.

Could he use the reps? Sure. But haven’t we proven that all increased training camp reps do is increase the chances of serious injury? And didn’t the rookie season of Odell Beckham Jr. prove that all this training camp installation business is more poppycock than pivotal?

White isn’t rehabbing in Florida between golf rounds. He is in Bourbonnais, in every meeting, accruing every bit of information he needs. The Bears shouldn’t let him touch the field until he is 100% healed from whatever is ailing his shin. If that’s once the meaningless games being, fine. If that’s at the end of the month, okay. If that’s in September, no worries.

White isn’t a week one necessity. He’s not being asked to carry the water for the receiving corps. A year from now he may be. So a year from now fans should be concerned if he’s a bit gimpy at the start of camp. Right now it just doesn’t matter.


  • Trac

    Brilliantly raw Jeff! He he.

  • Aaron T. Starks

    I think Marquess Wilson being healthy and contributing is THE biggest reason Fox and Pace are allowing White to heal. He’s simply not required enough to go out there and aggravate an injury.

  • BearDown100393

    Those instructions never really worked out for Hester.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Probably right although the possibility existis that MAYBE they weren’t given to Hester in that simplistic manner and maybe that’s why they didn’t work…?

      • BearDown100393

        A definite possibility.

        • AlbertInTucson

          On the other hand, if it WERE that simple, Renaldo Nehemiah would have been a Hall-Of-Famer.

    • Trac

      Hester is Chad Johnson dumb. Real rocket scientists..he he

  • Artoo

    Going to Canton, Oh. You know where I’m headed. Any advice or suggestions while I’m at the Pro football Hall of Fame?

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Yeah. Say hi to Walters bust for me. And give a tip o’ the hat to ol’ Papa Bear himself while you’re at it.

      • SC Dave

        Don’t forget Dick Butkus.

    • Trac

      Yup, take the bus. Hee hee

    • That’s awesome’ too. Take sone pics w dent, halas, sweetness, the galloping ghost. …

  • AlbertInTucson

    If only things were actually that simple and I am STILL concerned about the health issue.

    • Doc Hamstring

      From what I’ve heard/seen, it sounds like he’s got shin splints.

      If so, conditioning would be the only concern.

  • The GP
    • Sactowns#1

      Sounds good. And sounds like Allen is getting in place at LB, just needs to work on those hands.

    • Trac

      You may be onto something.

  • antityco


  • I still think a WR pick in the top 10 was stupid given that the 2nd best young player on their roster is a WR and it’s becoming easier and easier to find solid WRs outside of the 1st round. Hopefully White turns into a superstar eventually.

    Injury or no, odds were against him having a big rookie season from the start.

    • NewBearInTown

      So you’re telling me you have a crystal ball that says the next Jerry Rice is sitting there at #8 and you don’t draft him because you already have Calvin Johnson on your team?

      • If White is a stud, it’s a good pick regardless. But given the makeup of the team and the relative positional value, I have a hard time buying that pick. Still, if he turns out like Demaryius Thomas (one of his closest comps. based on size/speed and college production), it’s a good draft pick.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I have a hard time accepting that he was the BPA – if that’s what they were doing. When you’re trying to rebuild a defense then you can’t say “yeah, but this receiver ….” .. .you’ve got to pull the trigger on that DE or LB, CB whatever ….

      But if they think he could be another Brandon, then go for it. If Tom Brady was under center, we’d kill this year.

  • BearDown100393

    2 receivers now on the sideline.

  • Shady

    Ah yes, the Devin Hester playbook.

    • Johnnywad

      It really felt like Devin lost his grasp of the playbook when Muhsin Muhammad left and wasn’t there to shove him farther left or right pre-snap.

  • NewBearInTown

    Articles like this bug me. I know Jeff is being tongue in cheek, but there’s a lot of nuance to every position on the football field. Kevin White understands the basics of every route on the tree. That’s not his issue. His issue is the details, and you only learn details with practice and coaching.
    Still, I agree. He’ll catch up.

    • Trac

      I’m starting to figure out why he passed on the play write gig.

    • Yeah, it used to take WR like 3 yrs to be good in the NFL, and White might fit that mold more than the ODB rookie splash mold.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, Robertson gives up another lead in the 9th, Joe McEwing sends Alexei Ramirez home from second on a base hit that A) Ramierez held up on to see if it would drop and B) Got to the Tampa Centerfielder (who already had 11 outfield assists) just as Ramirez hit 3rd base. Ramierez is thrown out at home by 5 feet. Oh, and there was nobody out when LaRoche singled. Brilliant.

    • BerwynBomber

      And they unloaded no one before the deadline …

  • DaBearsBlog

    Hester also can’t play wide receiver because he’s not one.

    • Trac

      That’s untrue, he is one.

      • Scharfinator

        Truth, being bad at something doesn’t stop you from doing it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He certainly was one from 2008 on my PS2 Madden team. Speed 100. Thank you.

        And his route tree should have been a stump. In fact his route tree literally should have only been the root of a tree – one route. GO.

  • If you’re looking for the opposite view of Jeff’s (as well as a good laugh), you can view this Rosenfail about White: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/ct-bears-kevin-white-injury-rosenbloom-20150804-column.html

    • Trac

      Summary please, website is blocked for us peasants.

  • TheBigCheesy

    31td/15int for Cutler this year, Jeff? You’re making Johnny Waffle blush….

    • Waffle

      29/13 is my guess with less fumbles too. I expect a little more running at the goal line for more rushing TD’s and with no Marshall I amended my 32/14 number.

      • Sactowns#1

        Well if we’re prognosticating then I expect 25/11. I expect a lot more from the running game and if someone like Daniel Thomas can have an impact then it will only encourage Fox to pound the rock.

        • Waffle

          Cutty is gold in the red zone now though so who knows. I actually expect them to run it more between the 40’s and to focus more on the short passing game and crossing routes in the middle of the field. It felt like we got into trouble there last year.

          • Trac

            As in Tradewinds “gold”?

  • Waffle

    Slightly concerning thought of the day:
    What if Kevin White has a stress fracture in his shin(s)?

    • Trac

      Ha, It is a sin to worry yonny. Don’t say such terrible things.

  • Waffle

    What are the odds that this total spaz becomes the next Cullen Jenkins. 5 Technique sitting in front of our face the whole time? I want Cornelius to succeed but my gut is telling me that this experiment will end with a knee getting caught up in a sideways moving pile……

    What if Fangio get his hooks into him and turns him into a fucking monster? McPhee turns his attitude into Junkyard dawg mentality….

    • Trac

      I likery.

    • Kip Lewis resembles Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

      There’s a lot of dudes on our team with POTENTIAL, and I think we’re all hoping that with real coaching they’ll live up to it.

      Washington, Bass, Christian Jones, even Shea, Allen Ball, Jean-Louis

      (and naturally, all the rooks).

      I love McPhee’s attitude too. I wonder if he’ll become captain year one.

      • The GP

        Didja youze BOOOYYYYZ hear about Goldman from the Biggsy Star, or from Richie Rich Campbell?

        I guess Goldman is a flabster, or at least he’s getting routinely gassed out and keeps needing a blow. Campbell was on Da Wavez saying Goldman looks disappointing to say the least so far…

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