The Chicago Bears have presumably named their starting punter and long-snapper on Monday night.
In a series of tweets, Brad Biggs of the Chicago tribunes reports that the Bears have waived punter Tress Way and long-snapper Chad Rempel.
Both Way and Rempel were competing at their respective positions.
Way was competing with 2014 sixth round draft selection Pat O’Donnell to be the team’s starting punter. After both punters struggled in the team’s first Pre-Season game against the Eagles, O’Donnell shined against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. O’Donnell was the favorite to win the battle, and with Way’s release, the rookie will be the starting punter for the Bears when the season starts on September 7.
Rempel was competing with Brandon Hartson to be the team’s long-snapper. Neither Rempel nor Hartson have gone noticed this Pre-Season and that typically is the goal of a long-snapper. Hartson likely will start the season as the team’s starting long-snapper barring any unforeseen roster move or injury. Hartson is replacing Pat Mannelly after Mannelly retired this off-season.
The Bears still have two weeks before they need to cut down their roster, though, head coach Marc Trestman likely wants to resolve the position battles within the coming week.
The Bears play the Seattle Seahawks in the all-important third Pre-Season game of the season on Friday.