Interview with Bears WR Tanner Gentry

After the NFL Draft, teams begin signing unrestricted free agents to their roster. One of the Bears additions, Tanner Gentry, is a WR out of Wyoming. Gentry exploded during his senior season, totaling 1,326 yards and 14TDs.

Voted on by the coaches and media, Gentry received All-Mountain West second team honors. At the end of the regular season, Gentry ranked No.1 in the Mountain West and No.15 in the nation in receiving TDs (11). To go along with that, the former Cowboy had six 100-yard receiving games and eight games of 90 or more yards in 2016.

I was privileged to have the opportunity to interview Gentry about joining the Chicago Bears and what he thinks separates him from the rest of the WR’s in this class.

Q:  Did any other teams reach out to you? Why did you choose the Bears?

A: Baltimore and Tennessee were in serious consideration. I chose the Bears because I thought it was a great fit and their receiver coached seemed to love me. Also, I feel like they have a need for receivers.

Q: How many college offers did you have? Why did you choose Wyoming?

A:  I only received two offers, Wyoming and Air Force. I did not see myself as an army guy so I chose the Cowboys.

Q: How did Wyoming shape you into an NFL prospect? 

A:  The coaches at Wyoming really helped with my development as a player and being able to play in a pro system there will really help me at the next level.

Q: Who has been the biggest inspiration to you over the past few years?

A: My inspiration has been my parents because of how hard they work and I hope to be able to help them retire someday.

Q: Your QB at Wyoming Josh Allen has gotten some high praise at the NCAA level and even being a top draft choice when he come out of college. What do you have to say about Allen? What makes him so great?

A: I think Josh is great because he has a very strong arm and is very athletic for a qb. He extends plays very well and can also make things happen with his legs.

Q: What do you think separates you from the other WRs in this class?

A: I would say that my ability to compete for catches and come down with the ball separates me. I also think I’m a big physical receiver who can jump and get good separation.


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