OTA wake up call: First glimpse of Jay Cutler to Kevin White connection


The Chicago Bears will conduct their second of three organized team activities open the media on Wednesday, the bare minimum amount required by the NFL.

While the entire coaching staff and quarterback Jay Cutler remain off-limits to reporters throughout the entire duration of OTAs, the Bears do provide limited access to select players following the workouts.

Here is a list of three storylines to monitor this week at Halas Hall:

1. Will Martellus Bennett participate in any portion of the voluntary offseason program? ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported in April that Bennett wanted either a new contract or to be traded. With two years left on his existing deal, Bennett doesn't have much leverage. How far is he willing to take this boycott? The most likely outcome is that Bennett shows up next month at the mandatory minicamp to avoid a fine, but he's missed valuable offseason time with the new coaching staff.

2. Jay Cutler to Kevin White connection: White was excused from last week's open OTA to attend the annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. That means Wednesday's session will be the first time reporters can watch White catch passes from his new quarterback, Cutler. White is tall, strong and fast. Oh yeah, he also caught 109 passes at West Virginia in 2014. What's not to like? Cutler should enjoy his newest weapon on offense.

3. Safety dance: Veteran Antrel Rolle spent last week away from the team facility for family reasons, but announced on social media that he rejoined the team. The Bears signed the 32-year old Rolle in free agency to help stabilize safety; a position that seems to undergo constant turnover in Chicago. On paper, Rolle and 30-year old Ryan Mundy look like an upgrade over last season. Rolle has played in 16 games in eight of his 10 NFL seasons. Mundy has never missed a regular-season game. If the veteran duo can stay healthy, the Bears appear to be in good shape.