LAKE FOREST, In poor health. — The Bears’ seek for a spot kicker took one other activate Sunday when the staff waived Elliott Fry.
Fry and fellow kicker Eddy Pineiro competed towards one another for the job since Chicago opened camp on July 26, however coach Matt Nagy informed reporters Sunday that Pineiro earned the chance to deal with all kicks in practices and video games over the ultimate two weeks of the preseason.
“Each kickers for us had finished a very good job competing,” Nagy stated. “It wasn’t a straightforward resolution for us. Each kickers had finished quite a bit higher [in the preseason] than the place we thought they had been in OTAs.
“However what this permits us to do now with two preseason video games left is get extra kicks [for Pineiro]. Now you are not splitting reps within the preseason recreation, and I believe there’s a psychological facet too for Eddy with him now in a position to get on the market and kick in these ultimate two preseason video games and get these reps. The quantity will decide up for him. It is an important alternative for him to see what he can do.”
Pineiro went 2-for-2 on discipline objectives (of 41 and 27 yards) in Chicago’s preseason loss to the New York Giants on Friday night time.
Fry missed his lone try from 47 yards at MetLife Stadium, however did convert a 43-yard kick versus the Carolina Panthers within the Bears’ exhibition opener. And the importance of that distance and course was not misplaced on the Bears, who misplaced their opening playoff recreation to the Eagles in January after Cody Parkey missed the notorious “double-doink” discipline aim try from the identical spot. Parkey was launched throughout the offseason.
Nagy stopped wanting declaring that Pineiro received the job outright.
“Like every place, we’re all the time on the market on the lookout for the very best,” Nagy stated. “Eddy hasn’t tried a kick in an NFL regular-season recreation, so like several participant, that may go both actually good or actually unhealthy. However we like the place we’re with him proper now.”
Pineiro was traded to the Bears after being signed by the Oakland Raiders in 2018.
“The best way I have a look at it, I really feel like I have not received the competitors,” Pineiro stated. “Every thing’s nonetheless open. Who is aware of if they create any individual else in? However it does give me a confidence enhance, like OK, I’ve a shot to be the man and show to the coaches that I may be the man that they need me to be. So yeah, I really feel much more assured, yeah.”