LAKE FOREST — In a surprise move, the Bears waived undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Emanuel Hall Tuesday morning .
Hall was thought to be one of the best wide receivers in the SEC last year but injuries dogged him throughout his college career, resulting in his going undrafted last April.
“It’s just, a lot of times it comes down to numbers," Matt Nagy said Tuesday following the Bears' first camp practice back at Halas Hall. "He’s done a good job with us, we appreciate everything that he did but that’s just a part of the business.”
At 6-2, 200 pounds and possessing 4.4 40-yard dash speed, Hall, when healthy, displayed the kind of quick-twitch athletic ability that usually projects very well to the NFL.
Pro Football Weekly ranked Hall a fourth-round Draft prospect going into the draft, but foot, ankle and sports hernia injuries kept him from being able to work out for teams full tilt.
In 45 games, Hall totaled 97-2,016-16 receiving and was voted second-team All SEC in 2018.
Hall underwent sports hernia surgery shortly after being signed as a priority free agent by the Bears, whom he chose over a number of other NFL clubs bidding for his services.
When I asked Hall at rookie minicamp why he chose the Bears, he explained, “Yeah I had a ton of opportunities, but you know coach Mike Furrey he’s the best of the best.
“I think we connected real well through my visits. I trust this coaching staff , I trust the culture that’s going on here, it’s a winning program and I love that.
“So I’m just ready to embrace it and I’m just ready to soak in all this program has to offer and man I’m just ready for the road to prove myself.”
Hall indicated he would use his draft snub as motivation to crack the Bears roster.
“I promise you it’s a feeling that I’ll never forget.
“That was one of the worst feelings ever being undrafted. If I had gone into it knowing I was going to be undrafted I don’t think I would have felt that way, you know knowing, but in the same sense everything happens for a reason and I love the Chicago Bears, awesome city so I’m Bear Down!”
Unfortunately, Hall’s stay in Chicago was short-lived, and we can only assume the Bears made the decision at this time because of the depth they have at the position with the strong early showing from veteran free agent Marvin Hall, the strong camps so far of several other young wideouts — including Thomas Ives, Jordan Williams-Lambert and Taquan Mizzell, who is attempting to make the switch from running back to receiver who minimally could all be fighting for practice squad roles that Hall might have occupied.
“There is nothing in particular," Nagy said when asked of the reason for cutting Hall. "It’s just where we are at at that position right now.”