Tanner Gentry release highlights Chicago Bears roster shuffles

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Tanner Gentry
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Tanner Gentry /

The Chicago Bears released wide receiver Tanner Gentry, among other moves

The Chicago Bears were busy on a Tuesday where a lot of small roster moves were made. The biggest name involved in all of the moves was wide receiver Tanner Gentry, who was released so that the team could bring up Deandre Houston-Carson from the practice squad. The team also signed defensive lineman Mike Purcell to the practice squad and let go of running back Joshua Rounds.

Gentry is easily the most surprising because he was just called up to the roster last week after the Kevin White injury. He did not play until late into the game but did haul in two passes for 27 yards.

Rumors had circled that the team, possibly the Eagles were planning to sign Houston-Carson to their roster, and the Bears had to make this decision to block the move. Still, the first question is whether or not Houston-Carson is even worth holding onto. He is extremely raw on the defensive side of the ball. Houston-Carson likely got the nod due to special teams play, but Gentry probably has more upside as a player. Tough call.

This also should mean that the team expects to get Markus Wheaton back this week. If they went into the week without Wheaton, they would only have four wide receivers, one being Tre McBride who has no experience. It would be an outright ridiculous move if Wheaton did not suit up on Sunday.

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The Bears plan to retain Gentry onto the practice squad, but if teams are already poking at Houston-Carson you never know.