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Kevin White has had it with Jay Cutler getting ‘bad rep for no reason’

White says Cutler isn’t the ‘a******’ everyone warned him about.

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White hasn’t seen the field yet after missing all of his rookie season, but he’s been with the team for more than a year now and doesn’t understand why everyone has something negative to say about Jay Cutler.

When White was drafted, he was warned that Cutler wasn’t a player that he’d get along with, but the 24-year-old receiver says it couldn’t be further from the truth.

"We need to clean Jay’s name up. He has a bad rep for no reason and I don’t like it," White told Sports Illustrated’s Ben Baskin. "I came in and everyone was telling me, ‘Jay’s an a******, you‘re going to hate Cutler.’ I was like, I want to get to know this dude first. And it’s just not true at all. None of it. Jay is like the pretty girl that doesn’t wear makeup and doesn’t go out, so nobody really know that she’s pretty."

Cutler has faced plenty of criticism in the 10 years since he was picked in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, but had to fend off a little more earlier this week when former Bears tight end Martellus Bennett complained about not getting the ball and his twin brother, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, called him the "worst quarterback in the NFL."

Unnerved by nothing, Cutler was unfazed by the barb and said he hopes New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady does a better job getting Bennett the ball than he did in Chicago.

White’s not the only one with nice things to say about Cutler, though. New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, who played with Cutler in both Denver and Chicago, went so far as to say the Bears quarterback is a good bet to win the MVP award in 2016.

"Jay Cutler can be an MVP this year," Marshall told ESPN’s First Take. "I truly believe that. He has all the tangibles. This guy has been taking guys all offseason to the side, bringing them to his house, bringing them to Nashville ... I'm telling you, go to Vegas right now [and bet on Cutler]."

Cutler had a career-best 92.3 passer rating during the 2015 season, finishing with 3,659 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Bears are also set to see the debut of White and the return of Alshon Jeffery, who led the team in receiving yards, despite missing seven games and ending the year on injured reserve.