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Bears waive undrafted rookie wide receiver Emanuel Hall

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Bears waive undrafted rookie wide receiver Emanuel Hall

The Bears are giving up on one of their most promising undrafted rookie free agent signings.

In somewhat of a surprise move, the team announced they had waived wide receiver Emanuel Hall on Tuesday morning after what was a difficult training camp for the Missouri product.

His injury history was believed to be the reason he went undrafted this past spring, and his inability to stay healthy followed him to Chicago.

Hall had to have sports hernia surgery earlier this summer, which caused him to miss organized team activities and left him limited in training camp.

Still, he was one of college football’s most productive deep receivers, and he seemed talented enough to at least earn a spot on the practice squad.

Releasing him less than two weeks into August raises questions about why he was let go, especially the Bears gave him guaranteed money on his UDFA contract.

If injuries were the only issue, they could have held onto him until the end of the preseason and stashed him on injured reserve. Instead, Ryan Pace and company decided to move on entirely and let the rest of the NFL have a shot at the undrafted free agent many other teams tried to sign back in May.

Bears QB Big Board, 3.0: NFL Draft may offer best options for long-term starter

Bears QB Big Board, 3.0: NFL Draft may offer best options for long-term starter

Week 11's Sunday night loss to the Los Angeles Rams may have ended the Bears' season, but it did offer at least a glimmer of hope for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who's now stacked two reasonable games together after what was a miserable stretch of three games after he returned from a shoulder injury.

Sure, he only completed 55.8 percent of his passes against the Rams' stout defense, but that statistic is deceiving. There were several drops by Bears receivers, and Trubisky threw with more confidence and accuracy against Los Angeles than he has at any point this season.

Matt Nagy acknowledged as much with reporters Wednesday at Halas Hall and said the goal is for Trubisky to start Week 12 against the Giants, assuming he recovers in time from the hip pointer he suffered late in Sunday night's second quarter. It was an injury that forced him out of the game for the Bears' final possession and sparked a social-media firestorm about whether Chicago has finally decided to move on from its underwhelming former first-rounder.

But that won't be the case, at least not this season. And the next six games will determine If that will be the case at all. Trubisky has a chance to keep his gig heading into 2020 if he continues stacking positive game after positive game, even if fantasy football players don't see the statistics to back up that claim.

If he doesn't, the Bears will have more than a handful of viable options to replace him. We previously touched on Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill as an appealing Alex Smith-like reclamation project for Nagy's offense next season, assuming the Titans let him test free agency, but the more logical strategy for Pace to focus on is the NFL Draft, where a few first-round worthy prospects could find themselves still on the board when the Bears pick in the second round.

Remember: The Bears currently hold the 46th and 51st picks in Round 2. They could choose to package those picks together in an effort to jump back into the first round if they like a quarterback enough.

Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts will be the biggest beneficiary of Lamar Jackson's (Ravens) incredible season. Hurts is a dynamic dual-threat for the Sooners who right now profiles as a late-first-round guy. He wasn't pegged as that kind of prospect at the start of the season, but his growth under Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has been remarkable. Riley's track record with quarterbacks -- Baker Mayfield (Browns) and Kyler Murray (Cardinals) -- helps, too.

Hurts is completing 73 percent of his passes for 3,039 yards, 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He'll eclipse 1,000 rushing yards too (currently at 983) and already has 15 rushing scores.

The Bears haven't had a game-wrecking quarterback like Hurts in the modern era. And with the way the NFL is trending (especially with the deteriorating play of offensive lines), a player who can make something out of nothing like Hurts has proven he can do is a massive asset.

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay released his updated 2020 NFL Draft Big Board on Wednesday and Hurts wasn't among his top 32. Granted, a lot will change between now and April, and Hurts is the kind of prospect who can blow the roof off of Lucas Oil Stadium at the NFL Combine, so his stock will certainly go up.

But as of now, he appears to at least be within reach for Pace. And he's moving up this week's rankings.

Bears' Quarterback Big Board (Nov. 20, 2019)

1. Andy Dalton (Bengals)
previous: 1 (Nov. 12)

2. Marcus Mariota (Titans)
previous: 3 (Nov. 12)

3. Ryan Tannehill (Titans)
previous: 4 (Nov. 12)

4. Nick Foles (Jaguars)
previous: 6 (Nov. 12)

5. Mitch Trubisky 
previous: outside looking in (Nov. 12)

6. Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma)
previous: outside looking in (Nov. 12)

Outside looking in...

- Cam Newton (Panthers)
previous: 2 (Nov. 12)

- Jake Fromm (Georgia)
previous: 5 (Nov. 12)

- Teddy Bridgewater (Saints)
previous: outside looking in

- Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)
previous: outside looking in

-Jacob Eason (Washington)
previous: outside looking in

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Bears injury report: Trubisky full practice participant "feels a lot better"

Bears injury report: Trubisky full practice participant "feels a lot better"

The Bears have released their injury report from Wednesday's practice ahead of Week 12’s contest against the New York Giants and there’s (finally) some good news. Well, there is good news if you want Mitch Trubisky to be under center for the Bears.

Trubisky was a full participant in practice today following a hip injury that removed him from the Bears Week 11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

This news comes after Matt Nagy’s insistence that if Trubisky is healthy, he will remain the Bears starting QB.

“We want him to be out there today at practice, we want him to be out there this week as our starter,” Nagy said of Trubisky earlier this week during a press conference.

It looks like Nagy will have his starting QB back in action this Sunday. Trubisky told reporters at Halas Hall today that he "feels a lot better." 

Other changes on the injured list: offensive lineman Bobby Massie was a full practice participant today after suffering a back injury. Tight end Adam Shaheen didn’t practice due to a foot injury. He has been on the injured list since Thursday of Week 11. Danny Trevathan didn’t practice due to an elbow injury he received during the Bears' game against the Lions in Week 10. Isaiah Irving was a limited participant after being on the injured list since Week 9 due to a quad injury. 

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