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Can Kevin White Out Marshall?

Things might not have started off picture perfect for the Chicago Bears rookie Kevin White. His introduction to the NFL has become a little delayed due to a nagging shin injury. White was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of Bears training camp. The injury apparently img25164855occurred during offseason workouts and has slowed down his growth process.

White scored a favorable rating of 78 in the annual John Madden Football game, but he saw the beginning of his NFL career on the sidelines. White is projected to be one of the top players of the 2015 rookie class. For West Virginia, he was aKevin-White big time playmaker and the Chicago Bears, just like every team, needs a few of those. Last season, Brandon Marshall caught passes from quarterback Jay Cutler but he was sent packing to the New York Jets which left a spot open in the starting lineup. Kevin White was expected to challenge for the spot opposite Alshon Jeffery. The Jeffery and Marshall duo helped the Bears become the NFL’s number two scoring offense two years ago. The shin injury has slowed him down and might be leaving him starting the regular season still on the P.U.P. list. The Bears have been pushing him through a cautious rehabilitation program and recently, he did some backpedaling, light jumping and half speed agility work on the grass at camp this past week. But when White is back to his healthy self, will he be able to live up to the hype and “white out” Marshall?

“I’m very confident,” White said. “Brandon Marshall has done so much. For me to step-in and try and take his place and produce on the field is pretty big time. I’m pretty excited. I plan to do big things. I’m going to work, earn my stripes and I just want to help the team win games.” White was dominant at the Combine. He blazed a 4.35 40-yard dash and threw up 23 reps on the bench press, ranking third and tied for first, among all wideouts. White is similar to Marshall with his aggressive playing temperament and he runs with similar anger and determination. The difference is his sub 4.4 speed will stress defenses, which is something teams didn’t worry about when playing Chicago last season. In my opinion, when Kevin White is ready and healthy, he will definitely “white out” Marshall and he’ll be even better.

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