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2017 Chicago Bears training camp: Winners and losers from Tuesday

Tuesday marked the final open practice before the Bears’ first preseason game of the year.

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Mitch Trubisky was among those who impressed at training camp on Tuesday.
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The usual suspects impressed at training camp on Tuesday.

I headed down to Bourbonnais to watch the Chicago Bears' final practice before their first preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday. I had heard plenty of great reports - especially from our own Robert Zeglinski and Andrew Link - so I felt the need to go down there myself and see what the fuss was about.

It was an enjoyable experience: the weather was nice, the fans were excited and the practice was fun to watch. Here are some of the winners and losers from today’s practice.

Winner: Tanner Gentry

As has been the case all camp, undrafted rookie Tanner Gentry has been outstanding.

The wide receiver out of Wyoming was very good in all aspects of the game today. However, he stood out the most when going up for jump balls.

Gentry caught a one-handed pass over Kyle Fuller, as well as a leaping catch over two defenders.

He has made headlines in the local media with his circus catches and overall impressive play. He could use some work on special teams, but his camp performances alone should be enough to give him consideration on the 53-man roster.

Loser: Kyle Fuller

As previously mentioned, Kyle Fuller was the defensive back who got “posterized”, or whatever the football equivalent of that may be.

In addition to that, though, Fuller struggled to make an impact. Cre’Von LeBlanc, Prince Amukamara, Quintin Demps and Deiondre’ Hall all had impressive days and made big plays. Fuller failed to do that today, as has been the case for much of training camp.

His roster spot is probably safe, barring a trade. However, if he continues to fade into the background, then he might not be re-signed at the end of this season.

Winner: Cre’Von LeBlanc

While Fuller failed to impress, fellow cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc was on the opposite end of the spectrum. He held his own against Cameron Meredith, who appears to be the No. 1 wide receiver this year. He had an impressive interception today, as well.

Although I butchered the spelling of the word “Bears”, it was LeBlanc who butchered the receivers he was covering en route to a very good day.

Loser: Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon’s performance today wasn’t fantastic by any means today. And while it wasn’t awful, it certainly wasn’t enough to warrant a lot of confidence.

He had a handful of overthrown passes, especially on deep routes. He threw an awful pass which fell several feet away from his intended target. While the pass may have been tipped, it was still not a great play on Glennon’s part.

He also threw an interception to Prince Amukamara, who has been well documented to have issues with his hands.

I still believe that Glennon will enter the season as Chicago’s starting quarterback. However, after watching today’s practice, I wouldn’t be shocked if his time in the role were to be shorter than expected.

Winner: Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen has been one of the most impressive players throughout camp this year. Today was no exception.

He displayed his speed, elusiveness and versatility in today’s practice. He had a few solid runs, and he was impressive as a receiver, as well.

Cohen also got some reps as a kick returner, in which he was more than serviceable. One of his returns made it to about midfield, which is made even more surprising given that he has very little special teams experience.

He has been gaining the respect of Bears fans and teammates with his performance thus far. Sam Acho had some lofty praise for the rookie after practice today:

The Bears will be able to plug Cohen in at multiple positions and in several formations this season. If his training camp is any indication, then he will likely succeed in all of those.