White, Wims Make Moves In Bears' Win

August 25, 2018 - 4:38 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- With a quick double move, Bears receiver Kevin White went right by veteran Chiefs cornerback Orlando Scandrick and waited for the football.

Quarterback Chase Daniel recognized the wide-open target and put the ball right on the spot, getting White into the end zone for the first time in his professional career -- preseason or regular season. It was a good moment for the Bears' 2015 first-round pick who's fighting for his place on the 53-man roster.

"I root for underdogs," coach Matt Nagy said. "I love underdogs. And when you have an underdog that fights his tail off to improve and when people don't believe in him and he proves the people that do believe him right, then there's nothing better than that.

"I was really happy that he was able to get that touchdown at home in front of his home fans. He worked hard for that."

White's highlight was one of many for the Bears in a 27-20 preseason victory over the Chiefs at Soldier Field on Saturday. As the team rested its starters, players like White took advantage of their opportunities.

Daniel was excellent as he got the start at quarterback, finishing the game 15-of-18 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and a 149.5 rating. Daniel displayed comfort in an offense with which he's familiar and spread the ball to the targets provided, with White working as the top read.

Finding the end zone was rewarding for White, but so was the move he put on Scandrick. He emerged from a trips bunch formation to the left, went right at Scandrick, shuffled his feet with a fake turn toward the inside and kept running ahead toward the goal line. All Daniel had to do was throw the football and it was a touchdown on the way.

Daniel also delivered a perfect pass to the back-left corner of the end zone in the second quarter, which was hauled in by rookie receiver Javon Wims, who kept both feet in bounds as he completed the touchdown catch.

If the Bears had plans to place Wims on the practice squad, they now will have to reconsider. A seventh-round pick out of Georgia, Wims finished the day with four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. He has made plays all preseason long and shown plenty to league talent evalutors. He would likely be poached off the practice squad if the Bears exposed him.

"For Javon, when he knows what he's doing and can play fast, he's a stud," Daniel said. "And I think he's really starting to get to that point where the offense is clicking for him. He's not thinking out there. He's playing fast."

The Bears face some difficult decisions in establishing a 53-man roster, and that's certainly the case at the position of receiver. Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller are certainties, and the special-teams value of Josh Bellamy is important.

On Saturday, it seemed that White and Wims could round out that group.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.