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Chicago Bears waive Tanner Gentry

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The Bears are choosing to go in another direction at the wide receiver position.

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Tanner Gentry will not be on the Bears’ 53-man roster to start the season.
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In a move meant to help trim their roster down to the required 53 players, the Chicago Bears waived wide receiver Tanner Gentry. Reported first by Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, this move is arguably the most surprising cut the team has made thus far.

Gentry made a name for himself throughout training camp with his incredible catches. The undrafted rookie out of Wyoming also had a decent preseason, racking up four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. He quickly became a fan favorite among Bears fans, and, when Chicago cut Victor Cruz, it seemed likely that the rookie’s spot on the 53-man roster was safe. However, it appears that this was not the case.

Jahns reported that the Bears are interested on putting him on the practice squad if he clears waivers. That’s likely a big “if”, though. Given how many teams need wide receivers, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a wideout-needy team claim Gentry off of waivers.

Make sure to stay tuned for more information when it becomes available.