Still, no one should assume that Eddy Pineiro,
the remaining kicker in camp, has won the job.
"Is the competition over? Between those two, yeah," head coach
Matt Nagy told reporters on Sunday.
The team is searching for a replacement for Cody Parkey, who was
cut after he missed a 43-yard attempt that would have given
Chicago a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card
round of the playoffs in January. Instead, the Bears lost 16-15
after Parkey missed the kick with seconds remaining.
Parkey missed seven field goal attempts and three extra points
in the regular season.
In June, the Bears waived former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt, one
of three kickers who took part at mandatory minicamp.
Pineiro, 23, kicked collegiately at Florida and signed in May
2018 with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent. He was
placed on injured reserve in September and missed the season.
The Bears acquired him in May for a conditional seventh-round
pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
This preseason, he has hit three of four attempts with a long of
The 24-year-old Fry, who played in college at South Carolina,
signed with the Bears in April after the Alliance of American
Football league folded. He kicked with the Orlando Apollos.
With the Bears, he made one of two attempts, missing from 47
yards on Friday in a loss to the New York Giants.
Cutting Fry now will give Pineiro more chances, Nagy said.
"Like any position we're always going to be looking for the
best," Nagy said. "I think for Eddy, though, he needs to
understand that we feel really good with where he's at and now
he's never kicked in an NFL game before so that can go a couple
different ways. It can go really good. It can go really bad. We
don't know that answer but for right now we're good with where
he's at. We want him to just keep kicking like he's been but
we're always going to keep that thing open and not just at that
position but every position until we make that final 53."
--Field Level Media
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