After not addressing wide receiver until the seventh-round, the Cincinnati Bengals have claimed UDFA Ka’Raun White off of the waivers.
The Cincinnati Bengals have claimed UDFA wide receiver Ka’Raun White off of the waivers following the Seattle Seahawks release. Brother of Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White, was cut by Seattle to make room for other tryout players. White is likely to find his way to a practice squad but will fight to make a roster at the back end of a wide receivers group.
Hauling in 61 catches for 1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season with West Virginia, White will likely start his career off as a special teams player. He was one of only 13 players to have over 1,000 yards and ten or more touchdowns last season. Yet he was overlooked because of his lack of strength and wide receiver David Stills collecting 18 touchdowns to his 12.
White spent his 2017 season showing off his ability to go up for the ball on contested throws. While many college receivers tend to still use their body to catch the ball, White has the ability to snatch the ball out of the air with his hands. He was willing to run block but his lack of strength meant college defenders getting off his block and to the running back.
White will need time to develop either on a practice squad or back of a depth chart learning a full route tree and learning to take on NFL cornerbacks. Cincinnati has shown with UDFA signings and late round pick Auden Tate that they are looking for another big body receiver that can go up and grab the ball. Whether White will be able to prove so in camps this offseason is yet to be determined.
I don’t see Auden Tate and Ka’Raun White both making the team or practice squad so this could be a competition between the two receivers. Cincinnati could use some talent on the back end of their receivers room and Tate or White could be the guys that push a guy like wide receiver Alex Dickerson out.