";s:4:"text";s:9323:" All Chicago Sports news from FanSided Daily, Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews was awesome in shootout loss, How the Cubs can follow the 2016 Yankees “rebuild” blueprint, Bears: How the L.A. Rams win Sunday night hurts Chicago, Bears: Chicago's Playoff odds hinge greatly on Week 15 outcomes, Bears: Some fans owe Khalil Mack an apology, Top 25 Super Bowl Performances of All Time, Each NHL Team's Most Likely Future Hall of Famer, 30 Greatest Teams in Premier League History, 28 most memorable buzzer beaters in March Madness history. Had they lost him in favor of a more skilled player, or at least one who contributed regularly to the team, it would have been a little easier of a pill to swallow.
Every time he touches the ball he’s a threat to bust it open for a huge gain. Whyte totaled 41 yards on five carries and caught his only target for nine yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. It'll be interesting to see how he'll fit in with a roster that also includes two other useful return men in Cordarrelle Patterson and Tarik Cohen. Signed just one month ago to provide depth in Pittsburgh's beleaguered running game, it should come as no surprise that Whyte's role would be greatly diminished by the return of James Conner. Most of that (84 yards) came in two games in which he also caught his only target for nine yards. The Steelers, who know how to identify talented running backs (Le’veon Bell and James Connor) set their sights on Whyte, whom they added as a result of some injuries to Connor and 2019 draft pick, Benny Snell. Whyte was forced to leave Tuesday's practice early due to the injury, per Pryor. Even with James Conner (quadriceps) inactive, Whyte played a minimal role on offense and finishes the 2019 season with 122 yards on 24 carries in six games. And what they had was not only a dynamic player but potentially a very cost-effective replacement for Cordarrelle Patterson (if he doesn’t come back next season) and/or even Tarik Cohen (if the Bears decide not to bring him back the following year). Largely overshadowed by Devin Singletary at Florida Atlantic, … The arrival of Ray-Ray McCloud basically pushed Whyte aside, though it's entirely possible the scatback could be a part of the team's practice squad plans if he passes through waivers. Whyte had eight more rushing yards on one carry fewer than Benny Snell, while Jaylen Samuels mixed in with seven yards on three carries and 32 more yards on four catches. Whyte wasn't active for Chicago's first three games of the season, and he'll now be let go to make room for tight end Bradley Sowell on the 53-man roster.
Chicago Bears (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images). The anticipated return of Conner in Week 15 against the Bills could diminish Whyte's fantasy value while Samuels could still play a role in the passing game. That is, of course, except the Bears who didn’t notice what they had in front of them. And now Bears fans will have to watch him flourish on another team, which is as frustrating as it gets. He played college football at Florida Atlantic and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Whyte had six carries for 35 yards while adding a seven-yard reception in the Bears' 23-13 preseason loss to the Panthers on Thursday.
The Steelers cut Whyte on Saturday, but the versatile RB/WR/KR found a new landing spot. Whyte rushed six times for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 32-13 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.
Rushing for fewer than two yards per carry certainly won't help him in his quest to make the 53-man roster, but with Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell both having lackluster performances as well, Whyte should still find himself competing for the No. The 23-year-old has an uphill climb to make the roster spot since the Steelers drafted Anthony McFarland in April, and any missed practice time works against his odds. That disaster was made a little bit worse on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed seventh-round pick Kerrith Whyte Jr. off the Bears' practice squad.
The Chicago Bears made a puzzling decision a few weeks ago when they allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to swoop in and sign Kerrith Whyte off their practice squad. Whyte suffered a groin injury during Tuesday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Whyte, who played second fiddle to Devin Singletary as a collegiate running back at FAU, had a strong preseason in his effort to … Playing against the deepest reserve defenders of the Panthers, Whyte broke off a 23-yard run to give him a respectable 42 yards over seven touches. The following week against the Cleveland Browns, his rushing attempts dropped to three for 10 yards, but he returned three kicks for 72 yards. As I mentioned, Nall hasn’t played much at all, nor has a guy like Bradley Sowell, who would have also been a candidate to cut instead of Whyte. Whyte was placed on the Lions' practice squad/injured list Tuesday with an unspecified injury, Erik Schlitt of USA Today reports.