Alshon Jeffery is officially not coming back. Number 17 be catching passes from Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles next Fall and now the Bears must plan for life without their big-bodied and former no. 1 receiver. Especially now with new quarterback Mike Glennon coming in and potentially a rookie quarterback in 2018 the Bears need to ask themselves who those guys will throw to in crunch time. Cameron Meredith is a fine option but he’s not going to clinch and wins for you in crunch time. Same goes for the newly signed Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton, both who have shown only flashes of their talent over the past few years.

Which means all eyes will (once again) be on former 7th overall pick Kevin White. Touted as an explosive athlete coming out of West Virginia two years ago White as yet to see even half of a season’s worth of games due to injury. With Jeffery gone however Kevin White absolutely needs to be on the field this upcoming season or risk losing his spot on the roster when his rookie contract is up.

White was drafted to be the complement to Jeffery for two years before being ready to step into the no. 1 role in case this exact situation arose. Now the Bears are signing high upside receivers no one else wants in an effort to try and patch together a somewhat reliable receiving corps. If White can stay healthy and show everyone that the talent is still there then various concerns will be laid to rest but that is a huge “if” seeing as White has been struggling with leg injuries since being drafted.

White will be paramount to Glennon and especially the future quarterback’s success in a Bears uniform because as we saw with Jared Goff in Los Angeles last year, if you don’t have a reliable target to look to consistently things aren’t going to go well. On a positive note all signs point to White being ready to go as soon as team activities start.

Let’s hope it stays that way.

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