LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Fully healthy after an entire season of rehabilitation, Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White said Wednesday that he and quarterback Jay Cutler have forged a strong relationship, one that includes spending time together off the field.
"We try to [hang out] as much as we can," the 2015 first-round pick said at organized team activities. "Jay has a family so he has to handle whatever he has to handle as a father. But when we can, we go to dinner or go over to his house. Hang out a little bit."
Aside from the obvious benefit of "getting more balls" by befriending the quarterback, White said he and Cutler share common interests.
"We enjoy watching TV shows," White said. "He'll talk about 'The Walking Dead.' They love watching that. I love watching 'Revenge.' Jay's telling me to watch 'Walking Dead'; I'm telling his to watch 'Revenge.' And we're flip-flopping and talking about it inside the facility. Jay [also] says he's a really good basketball player. I've still yet to see that. But he is really good at baseball, really good. I'm terrible."
The Bears think White can be special at football. He starred at West Virginia, where he caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season, then was selected seventh overall in the 2015 draft.
Bears fourth-round pick Nick Kwiatkoski, who played alongside White at West Virginia and roomed with the receiver's brother last year, said White routinely gave the Mountaineers defense fits at practice.
"Kevin is a guy who brings a lot to the table -- speed, strength, power ... everything," the linebacker Kwiatkoski said. "He can hurt you many different ways. He's the guy you have to keep tabs on no matter where he's at on the field."
However, White developed a stress fracture in his left shin prior to the combine that failed to heal on its own. White eventually required surgery to insert a steel rod in his tibia to stabilize the injury.
White missed the entire 2015 season but has been full-go in the Bears' voluntary offseason program for several months. He participated in Wednesday's OTA without restrictions; he looked stronger and more muscular than his official listed weight of 217 pounds.
"There were rough days [rehabbing]," White said. "I knew I would get back to that point. It was just a matter of time when. But as far as getting back to 100 percent, a couple months ago. I'm not sure exactly when, but I feel good now.
That's all I'm worried about moving forward.
I'm really not focused on the leg too much."