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Bears waive prized undrafted free agent acquisition Emanuel Hall

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The Mizzou product failed to make much of an impact in training camp.

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Emanuel Hall’s tenure with the Bears has been cut surprisingly short.
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The Bears waived rookie wide receiver Emanuel Hall, the team announced on Tuesday.

Hall, whom the Bears gave a $30 thousand base guarantee contract to as an undrafted free agent, was seen as the most coveted acquisition the team made after the draft. Projected by most draft analysts to be a third- or fourth-round pick, his falling out of the draft was one of the more surprising falls any prospect made this year.

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound Hall tore up the NFL Combine, clocking in a 4.39 40-yard dash time and putting up a 43.5-inch vertical jump and a 141-inch broad jump. He displayed the freakish combination of size and athleticism that made him a dangerous deep threat at Missouri—he had 70 catches for 1,645 and 14 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Tigers.

Hall underwent sports hernia surgery over the offseason, but he was unable to fully recover from the injury. He missed multiple practices and failed to stand out in training camp in a crowded group of wide receivers.

With the emergence of young receivers Javon Wims and Riley Ridley in camp, as well as the impressive play from veteran Marvin Hall, the Missouri alumnus faced relatively tough odds to make the 53-man roster, despite his collegiate tape.

The undrafted free agent did not play in the Bears’ preseason opener against the Panthers on Thursday.

With Hall gone, Chicago has an easier decision as to which receivers they will keep on their roster.