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The release of Trenton Gill paves the way for the Tory-Taylor era

After being selected in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, it was a foregone conclusion that Tory Taylor would replace Trenton Gill as the team's starting player.

Gill has become one of the worst players in the NFL over the last two seasons, and while the fourth round might be a bit high for a team to take a player, Taylor could, as he was at Iowa , a difference-maker for the Bears' defense in terms of field position.

The Bears wasted no time in officially naming Taylor the team's starting player. On Wednesday, the team announced that it had released Trenton Gill.

Gill was one of the players we circled after the draft in anticipation of potentially losing his roster spot with the Bears. The Bears had hoped they had solved their punting issues when they took Gill in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Instead, Gill struggled to turn the pitch over during his time as the Bears' punter. Given the emphasis Bears head coach Matt Eberflus places on field position in his defense, there's no question Gill was a liability.

Gill's release will likely be the first of several roster moves the Bears make ahead of their rookie minicamp next week. The mini-camp is scheduled to take place May 10 and 11 and will mark the first time Taylor will participate in football alongside Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze as members of the Bears organization.

Anna Harden

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