The Chicago Bears’ wide receivers room is a little less crowded today:
#Bears roster move:
We have waived WR Emanuel Hall.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) August 13, 2019
Undrafted free agent rookie Emanuel Hall has been waived, the team announced on Tuesday morning.
Hall was part of the wave of undrafted free agents signed after the 2019 NFL Draft, and was viewed as one of that group’s most talented players. Pro Football Focus ranked Hall among its top-100 draft prospects and graded him as the best draft-eligible SEC receiver. The Missouri product was a speedster who excelled at making splash plays deep down the field in the passing game. Unfortunately, Hall never really was able to flash his upside because injuries and injury related setbacks slowed him down. Hall was sidelined during OTAs because of a sports hernia surgery earlier in the offseason and missed time during training camp due to injuries.
Waiving Hall at this point of training camp is somewhat of a surprise. Because while I imagine injuries played a significant role in the Bears coming to this decision, Chicago prioritized signing Hall as a UDFA and Hall spurned interest from a good chunk of the league to take his talents to Halas Hall. He was viewed as one of the steals of the 2019 draft class … and wasn’t even drafted. There is clearly pro-style talent within Hall, but durability issues that nagged him in college popping up already are enough to give pause and wonder if he will be healthy for long enough to play to his potential.