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Bears GM: Kevin White will be 'full go' in offseason program

Wide receiver Kevin White is "ready to show everybody what he can do," said Bears general manager Ryan Pace. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wide receiver Kevin White's offseason training has progressed to the point that the 2015 first-round pick is expected to fully participate in the Chicago Bears' voluntary workout program starting in April.

“He’s training on his own,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “He’s progressing well. He’ll be full speed for the offseason program. Really excited about him, and I know he’s got a lot of confidence and a big smile on his face and ready to show everybody what he can do.”

White missed his entire rookie year because of a stress fracture in his left ankle. He underwent surgery in August, and although the Bears officially started the clock to potentially activate him off the PUP list late in the season, the former seventh overall pick failed to play a single snap or dress for a game.

The Bears badly need White to complement Alshon Jeffery, whom the club is expected to sign to a long-term deal or franchise tag in the offseason.

“[White] was a guy that we didn’t get a chance to look at much except early in the offseason a year ago,” coach John Fox said. “He’s rehabbed, been cleared medically. He’s a guy I think that’s got good size, quickness, explosion, big hands. I think yards after catch can be a positive. But at the end of the day, he has to go prove that. It’s going to take some time. We’ve got time, and he’s healthy.”