Just as soon as their concerns over new starting QB Mike Glen
non’s rough preseason were partly alleviated with his best outing Aug. 27 against the Tennessee Titans, an even bigger worry emerged: No. 1 WR Cameron
Meredith suffered a seasonending knee injury.
After choosing not to re-sign Alshon Jeffery, the Bears used free agency to supplement Meredith, their leading receiver in 2016. Kendall Wright and Vic
tor Cruz were signed to compete in the slot. Markus Wheaton would bring much-needed outside speed alongside Meredith
and 2015 first-rounder Kevin
White. Tanner Gentry was the intriguing undrafted rookie.
But White has struggled, Wheaton missed most of the preseason, first for an appendectomy and then for surgery to repair a broken pinkie, and Cruz fell down the depth chart.
Without Meredith, it’s fair to wonder whether the development of inexperienced Glennon and, eventually, rookie Mitchell Tru
bisky could be stunted until dependable wideouts emerge.
Rookie watch: Gentry, a major camp surprise, hauled in a 45-yard touchdown shortly after entering the game. … Trubisky got to work with the starters to open the third quarter. After going three-and-out against Tennessee’s backups, he settled in nicely, finding Gentry in stride for Chicago’s biggest preseason offensive play.
Noteworthy: The Bears also lost CB Prince Amukamara (foot), OLBs Leonard Floyd (foot) and Dan Skuta (concussion) and long snapper Patrick
Scales (knee) to injuries.