Kevin White: I believe in myself even if Bears don’t
The Bears declined to exercise their fifth-year option on wide receiver Kevin White’s contract this offseason in a move that couldn’t have taken anyone by surprise.
Injuries have limited White to five games since being drafted seventh overall in the 2015 draft and the option is guaranteed in the case of injury, which makes for too much risk for a player who hasn’t shown he can actually help the team on the field. In a series of short answers to questions from reporters on Wednesday, White shrugged off the decision.
I’m motivated every single day, with or without the option. … Don’t know [if the Bears believe in me], White said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. Really doesn’t bother me at all. I believe in myself.
The way the Giants designed this, Eli Manning is going to have options galore after he takes the snap from center. If the greatest challenge for the 37-year-old quarterback is determining which of his many enticing targets gets the ball on a particular play, figure Manning, the offense and the team are all in fine shape.
It is too early to see this coming together, as Odell Beckham Jr. has yet to take part in any team work this spring, rehabbing from a fractured left ankle. The Giants know what Beckham can do, though, and are eager to pair him with an increasingly polished Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram, oozing potential after an enticing rookie year.
Payton said that while he didn’t agree with Ingram’s decision to stay away, he understood it.
It’s important to separate personal feelings and professional feelings, Payton said. I care too much for a guy like him and think the world of him and I told him when we spoke. I said, ‘Hey, I don’t necessarily agree with it. We talked for a long time a couple times, so it is what it is. . . .
I don’t really get as concerned about something I can’t control like that, and I’m really focused on the guys that are here and making sure the guys that are here are improving and getting better.
The 28-year-old Ingram is coming off a great year, establishing new career highs with 230 carries, 1,124 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns, along with 58 receptions for 416 receiving yards.
Pencil in LeBron anywhere and get Edge: Cavaliers. LeBron is, well, LeBron, still the best player on the floor. If you haven’t heard of him, here’s another tidbit: people do more than make calls with their phones. The Warriors will throw waves on him: Iguodala (if healthy), Green, Thompson, Durant to exhaust him. If James gets 35 and Durant gets 30, the Warriors win walking away. Iguodala — out for at least Game 1 with a leg injury — is an X-factor, giving Golden State a gritty defender in its small lineup that was so successful before his injury.