Kevin White taking the top off a defense is something that hasn’t happened in a long time, but West Virginia fans remember all too well.
Well, the world received a glimpse of the big play ability of White on Thursday Night Football. White, now healthy and trying to resurrect his NFL career with the Saints, caught a pass from quarterback Andy Dalton and then took it 64 yards to set up New Orleans in the red zone.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 21, 2022
White was placed on injured reserve by the Saints after a strong preseason, but has since been activated. The Saints signed White to a reserve/future contract in January to give him one more shot after previously signing and releasing him several times over the past year.
A former seventh overall pick of the Chicago Bears in 2015, the now 30-year-idk White has struggled to stay healthy in the NFL. He suffered a minor shin injury in the 2015 preseason which led to a stress fracture in the shin and later needing a steel rod inserted into his tibia, ruling him out for his rookie season.
He played the first four games of 2016 before fracturing his fibula in the same leg he injured the year prior, his left leg. He was placed on the IR and returned for the season opener in 2017. In that game, he fractured his left shoulder blade and was placed on the IR for the third consecutive year.
His fifth-year option was declined and the Bears neglected to resign him after the 2018 season. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals, but was cut before the season started and didn’t play in 2019. In addition to the Bears, Cardinals and Saints he has spent time with the Jets and 49ers in his career.
In total, White has only been healthy enough to record 323 yards on 26 receptions in the NFL. This came after a prolific 2014 season with WVU which skyrocketed him to one of the best prospects of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He was a member of the All-Big 12 team with WVU in 2014 and a Second Team AP All-American that same year. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top college receiver. He accomplished all this on 109 receptions, 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.