NY Jets bring in former top-10 pick Kevin White for a tryout

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The NY Jets are bringing in former top-10 pick Kevin White for a tryout.

The NY Jets are still scavenging the market for wide receiver help and they’re set to host perhaps their most notable name yet on a tryout.

As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Thursday, the Jets will be bringing in former top-10 draft pick Kevin White to work out with the team in hopes of revitalizing his stagnated career.

The Jets already signed veteran Chris Hogan at the beginning of the week following multiple injuries at an already-thin receiver position. They also brought in fellow veteran Donte Moncrief to work out but nothing has come of that just yet.

White is yet another free-agent receiver the Jets are giving a look to. And at this point, why not?

The NY Jets might be Kevin White’s final shot at NFL redemption.

The seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, White was taken one spot behind where the Jets took Leonard Williams. And unfortunately for White, his NFL career has proven disastrous to this point.

The former West Virginia star missed the entirety of his rookie season after dealing with multiple lower-leg injuries including a stress fracture in his tibia that resulted in season-ending surgery.

It wasn’t an ideal start for a guy who Chicago Bears fans were very high on going into the season. Unfortunately, it would only get worse from there as White played in just four games the following year after suffering yet another fracture in his left leg.

White returned in 2017 looking to get back on track but ended up fracturing his left shoulder blade in the season-opener and was soon placed on the injured reserve.

By the time the 2018 season came around, the Bears had all but given up on their former top draft pick declining his fifth-year option and relegating him to a backup role. Ironically, White would stay healthy but played in only nine games finishing with only four catches.

Seen as a raw but talented prospect coming out of college, White was never given the opportunity to properly develop in the NFL because of all the injuries. An incredibly gifted athlete with 4.35 speed, White had all the physical tools to be a top-tier receiver.

But by the time finally received a clean bill of health, the Bears had already spent three years trying to develop him. From their perspective, it was a case of too little too late.

White tried to catch on with the Arizona Cardinals last preseason but a lingering hamstring injury led to his release in the middle of August. Once again, he was bitten by the injury bug.

If healthy, there are definitely worse receivers to target than Kevin White. While at the age of 28 any significant development from here on out should be considered unlikely, his physical gifts make him intriguing nonetheless.

It should be worth noting that White spent time with both Adam Gase and Dowell Loggains in Chicago and that Joe Douglas was the Bears’ director of college scouting the year White was drafted.

The Jets’ brass is certainly familiar with White.

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If all goes according to plan, the former top-10 pick might be given one final shot to revitalize his career. All we could hope is that he actually stays on the field this time around.