Kevin White

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #13
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #13

Kevin White News

Secures contract with 49ers

White signed a contract with the 49ers on Monday.

Analysis: After finishing the 2020 season with the 49ers' practice squad, White landed a spot on the team's reserves/future list. While the receiver did not see any targets this season, he did manage to play a solo game where he logged seven offensive snaps. The 28-year-old will hopefully continue to see more offensive snaps in his future with San Fransisco.

Jan 4, 2021 3:16 PM EST


Back to practice squad

The 49ers restored White (undisclosed) to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list Thursday, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: White landed on the COVID list back on Dec. 22, but he'll now be eligible to resume participating in team activities. He hasn't yet been targeted through three appearances with the 49ers this season.

Dec 31, 2020 12:40 PM EST



Lands on COVID-19 list

The 49ers placed White on the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: White either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with an infected person. He'll be required to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols before returning to team activities.

Dec 22, 2020 3:36 PM EST


Joins depth-starved wideout corps

The 49ers elevated White from their practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White and River Cracraft will be joining San Francisco as designated replacements for fellow receivers Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, all of whom were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list a day earlier. The absences of those three players leave Trent Taylor and Richie James (ankle) as the only other wideouts on the 49ers' 53-man roster, and James, who is listed as questionable, isn't considered a lock to play. Regardless of James' status, both White and Cracraft look poised to see a fair amount of snaps at receiver out of necessity.

Nov 5, 2020 2:13 PM EST


Back to practice squad

White reverted to the 49ers practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: White was promoted to the active roster for Week 6 against the Rams but has since been sent back to the practice squad. He logged seven snaps on special teams in the victory.

Oct 19, 2020 7:55 PM EST



Elevated for gameday

White was promoted to the 49ers' active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The 28-year-old will move up from the practice squad as an extra player for the second straight contest. White returned one kick for 20 yards and played two offensive snaps last week in his first game action since 2018.

Oct 17, 2020 9:30 PM EST


Sent back down to practice squad

White reverted to San Franciso's practice squad Monday after suiting up for the team's Week 5 loss to the Dolphins, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: The 2015 No. 7 overall draft choice saw his first regular-season action in two years, garnering two offensive snaps and 15 special-teams snaps against Miami. White made a poor decision on his lone kick-return attempt of the contest, taking a ball out of his own end zone but only reaching the 14-yard line.

Oct 12, 2020 6:19 PM EST


Elevates from practice squad

The 49ers elevated White to the active roster Saturday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 2015 first-round pick hasn't played since the 2018 season, but he could get an opportunity in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. White will serve as depth more than anything, as the team's receiving corps is basically at full health heading into Week 5.

Oct 10, 2020 5:19 PM EST


Resurfaces in San Francisco

The 49ers signed White to a contract Thursday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: White has appeared in 14 career games since being selected No. 7 overall by the Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft. He'll now get a chance to compete for a marginal role in San Francisco's receiver corps. With Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) both uncertain for Week 1, the 49ers also saw fit to sign fellow wideout River Cracraft.

Aug 27, 2020 5:30 PM EST


Let go by Cardinals

The Cardinals will release White, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, White has recovered from the hamstring injury that has bothered him of late. No longer in the Cardinals' plans for this season, however, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft will now look to catch on elsewhere.

Aug 21, 2019 3:20 PM EST


Back at practice Saturday

White (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Absent from the Cardinals' first two preseason games, White has missed half of his chances to make an impression among a crowded position group. With a week until the team's next exhibition -- Saturday, Aug. 24 in Minnesota -- he has plenty of time to ramp up his activity in order to get the all-clear for game action.

Aug 17, 2019 1:45 PM EST


Ruled out for preseason Week 3

White (hamstring) won't suit up for the Cardinals' second preseason game Thursday versus the Raiders, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: White is tending to a hamstring injury, which held him out of Thursday's exhibition opener against the Chargers. The absence effectively will wipe out half of his chances to make an impact in games before the regular season, hurting his case for one of likely six or seven wide receiver spots on the 53-man roster. In a corps composed of Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and three 2019 draftees, White has his work cut out for him for one of those jobs.

Aug 10, 2019 12:53 PM EST


Dealing with hamstring issue

White didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Chargers due to a hamstring injury, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated it was a minor issue and that White should be back "sooner than later." The 27-year-old played only five games during his first three years in Chicago due to a pair of fibula fractures and a broken collarbone, and he was largely a non-factor last season. White can't afford to be sidelined for long as he's fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Aug 9, 2019 7:21 AM EST


Making bid for role

White made a good impressions throughout OTAs and minicamp, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White's experience in an air raid offense at West Virginia is helping him pick up on Kliff Kingsbury's scheme in Arizona. The path to a spot on the 53-man roster nonetheless appears tricky, as Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler are locks at wide receiver. The Cardinals likely will have two jobs available for White, Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson, Chad Williams, Damiere Byrd and Pharoh Cooper.

Jun 14, 2019 8:46 AM EST


Getting 'fresh start'

Coach Kliff Kingsbury believes White "can be a dangerous player" with "a fresh start" in Arizona, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White was a flop as a first-round pick of the Bears in 2015, with two instances of fibula fractures and a broken collarbone limiting him to five appearances in his first three seasons. Finally healthy last fall, he wasn't even targeted until Week 7 and mostly was a healthy scratch in the second half of the campaign. His size (6-foot-3, 216 pounds) and speed (4.35 second 40-yard dash at the combine) suggest he can succeed given health and the right situation. Kingsbury intends to give White every opportunity to do so in a likely pass-happy offense.

Mar 28, 2019 11:52 AM EST


Joining Kingsbury in Arizona

White is signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The seventh overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft caught 25 passes for 285 yards in 14 games across four seasons with the Bears, suffering major injuries his first three years and ultimately closing out his tenure as a healthy scratch in the playoffs. He'll likely need to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster in Arizona, where the presence of new coach Kliff Kingsbury gives White some hope he can contribute to a pass-first offense, per Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site.

Mar 15, 2019 9:20 AM EST


Makes visit to Arizona

White visited the Cardinals on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Injuries have been the bane of White's existence since he was selected seventh overall in the 2015 draft. Over the course of five seasons, he's been limited to 14 appearances, nine of them coming last year. No matter, he made just four catches (on eight targets) for 92 yards in 2018. The Cardinals are in need of wide receiver talent behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk (foot), but White would be more of a project than anything, wherever he lands.

Mar 14, 2019 3:15 PM EST


Posts 22 yards in season finale

White caught one pass for 22 yards in the Bears' Week 17 victory over the Vikings to close out the campaign with four receptions for 92 yards.

Analysis: The best news for White was that he stayed healthy for the first time in his career, but unfortunately, he rarely saw playing time as the Bears' fifth wide receiver. Headed for unrestricted free agency, he'll likely latch on somewhere as he tries to revive a career that was filled with promise after he was selected in the first round of the 2015 draft, but until this point he's played 14 games and caught 26 passes for 285 yards.

Jan 1, 2019 7:02 AM EST


Inactive again Sunday night

White (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday night's tilt against the Rams.

Analysis: White will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game. He has only played five snaps over the last five weeks.

Dec 9, 2018 4:07 PM EST


Back to sidelines

White (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Giants, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: This will be the third time in five weeks that White is a healthy scratch. The 2015 first-round pick has just three catches for 70 yards this year. The Bears will suit up just four wide receivers.

Dec 2, 2018 8:55 AM EST


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