Bears bring in WR Tanner Gentry for deep-ball help

The ex-Wyoming UDFA was one of the top producers on deep balls in college in 2016.

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Bears bring in WR Tanner Gentry for deep-ball help

  • Following the draft, the Bears signed former Wyoming WR Tanner Gentry as an undrafted free agent. In 2016, he graded as the 13th-best WR in the class (minimum 600 snaps).
  • Gentry was the most active deep threat in college football last year. He had 49 deep passing targets (3.5 targets per game) and caught 22 of them, both tops in the FBS in 2016.
  • Compared to the rest of the NFC North, the Bears threw the most catchable deep balls (33) and had the highest proportion of deep-ball targets (20.2 percent) last season.
  • Josh Allen, Gentry’s quarterback in 2016, had a 91.6 NFL QB rating overall. When targeting Gentry, his rating was 124.6.

Tanner Gentry

  • Ron Behnke

    Ever heard of Rod Smith, Wes Welker or Victor Cruz? Yep, all UFA and all were impact players in the NFL. Darius Heyward -Bey, Jonathan Baldwin or Craig Davis? All were selected in the first round and all of them sucked so the moral of the story is that you never know. All Gentry did at Wyoming was make plays and catch touchdowns.

    • Proud Welshman

      The Bears only really lost Jeffrey from the offensive weapons this off season and he’s missed 11 games over the last two seasons. The receiving corps they’re left with contains two first round receivers (White and Wright). Hopefully White will stay fit this season and show the ability that saw him drafted in the top 10 and maybe Wright can show his 2013 form again, he’s had genuine excuses the past few years. Glennon is a better game manager than Cutler was, we can run the ball as well as any team. The Bears can surprise if they can remain healthy this season.

  • gordo29

    This kid is good…amazing ability to get loose deep. Mountain West defenses are very happy to see he and Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck (Bucs) graduate.