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Kevin White and Tanner Gentry Could Step Up in Meredith’s Absence and Other Bullets

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If you look very, very closely, you’ll see Chicago Bears left guard Kyle Long on the cover of Sports Illustrated:

  • The Bears’ starting offensive line has been pretty solid through the preseason, but there is more concern about which receivers Glennon will throw to than who is blocking for him. After all, an already thin group of receivers lost their best player in Cam Meredith.
  • But with that said, Chris Emma of CBS Chicago sees this as an opportunity for some players to step up into a prime role, and at the top of the list you’ll find Tanner Gentry and Kevin White. Gentry, you’ll recall, is an undrafted rookie free agent who’s seen an increase in playing time with the special teams unit. White is a former top-10 pick who might as well be a rookie after playing in just four games in his first two seasons. Both stand to gain significant playing time because of Meredith’s absence.
  • Mitch Trubisky (who really hasn’t played in a traditional third quarterback role this preseason) has been sprinkled with praise for his play through three preseason games. The latest comes from Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, who broke down each first-round rookie’s performance after the all-important third preseason game. While Trubisky hasn’t been exactly the same player he was during Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, the arrow has continued to point up in his development. A stray, but interesting nugget: Trubisky posted a perfect 158.3 rating when given 2.6 seconds or more to throw. However, that rating dropped to 68.3 when given 2.5 seconds or less.
  • Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report sizes up the potential big names who could be cut by their respective teams before Saturday’s deadline to set 53-man rosters, listing outside linebacker Lamarr Houston as a prime candidate to get cut by the Bears. Moton notes the Bears could save $6 million by parting ways with the 30-year-old who has had two ACL procedures in the last three years. However, Houston’s future with the Bears could be tied to the health of its defensive linemen and outside linebackers. Primarily, Pernell McPhee.
  • Devin Hester’s son isn’t old enough to play in the NFL, but you just might want to keep an eye on the youngster moving forward:

Last play of practice, losers had to run a lap! #DrayHester😎😎😎

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.