LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White is still a secret.
After months of offseason hype surrounding the now-healthy former seventh overall pick, White’s preseason contributions have been marginal.
Thus far, White has a combined two receptions for nine yards on four targets in a pair of exhibition games, not exactly gaudy numbers for the No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery.
Preseason games, however, can be deceiving on many levels.
“It’s football,’’ he said. “You guys are going to look at it however you want to look at it. You guys don’t know what’s going on. You guys don’t know how we go about practice. It’s just football.
“Nothing happened. You’re trying to start a story that doesn’t need to be started. It’s just football.’’
There were no incidents moving forward, but Rivera talked to both players after practice to make sure the issue was settled.
“You can understand Devin getting upset about it, but you’ve got to understand what’s really trying to happen out there,’’ Rivera said.
“… What we’re working on is trying to create takeaways. Inadvertently, Daryl struck Funch. He didn’t mean to and Funch took exception to it.’’
He said he is disenchanted by several issues with the drug policy, including the image hits NFL players face that players from other sports leagues don’t and an appeal process that is often handled by a sole arbitrator, resulting in varied rulings. Bell’s appeal reduced his suspension from four to three games last week.
But insurance, post-career care and revenue are more pressing, which means the players must be willing to sit out games in 2021, Foster said.
“Hit them in the pocket. That way, money always talks,” Foster said. “For us to do that, we have to save on our end. We can’t be just blowing money and not realize what’s coming, especially with guys coming into the league now.”