Bears bringing eight kickers to rookie minicamp

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The Bears’ search for a reliable kicker kicks into gear this weekend at their minicamp.

And they’re taking a decidedly clown-car approach.

Via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears will have eight kickers on hand for rookie minicamp (though they may or may not be arriving in a single vehicle).

Four of them are actually under contract (Chris Blewit, Redford Jones, Elliott Fry, and John Baron II), and they’re bringing in four more on a tryout basis (Justin Yoon, Spencer Evans, Emmit Carpenter, and Casey Bednarski).

“These guys have to compete,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “Get them out there and let them compete. It’s not going to be kicker specifically. It’s not going to be an easy competition. It’s about making your kicks under pressure and it’s as simple as that. Either you make it or you don’t. We’re going to test them out.”

The Bears have struggled to find consistency at the position since releasing Robbie Gould after the 2016 season. They might like to have Gould back now, but the 49ers aren’t trading their franchise-tagged kicker. The Bears cut Cody Parkey last year after his double-doink miss in the playoffs.

“It’ll all play itself out — I know it will,” Nagy said. “[General Manager] Ryan [Pace] and I have had long discussions about that, but I can promise you that Ryan has done an amazing job with his personnel scouts and turned over every rock to see who is out there and give them a chance. And let’s go.”

Nagy said the Bears “might get creative” with how they put pressure on the kickers during the workout, and short of making them ride together in one car with their big shoes if they don’t win the job, it’s reasonable to think these guys understand the stakes based on the numbers around them.

21 responses to “Bears bringing eight kickers to rookie minicamp

  1. Having a kicker named “Blewit”…I dunno, that seems to tempt fate a little too closely.

  2. So if they start the season and #1 starts struggling, they’ll have a pool of guys they’re already familiar with and will be ready to plug in #2 and so on right down the line.

  3. By the way, your reference to the clown-car approach was pretty funny. Maybe at the first game they can have them drive out to the 50 yd line in a Volkswagen at halftime, pile out of the car, do a Chinese fire drill, get back in and drive off out the tunnel.

  4. Are the workouts at Soldier Field? If not then so much for getting creative.As part of the workout, I’d have them line up same place as Cody Parkey’s miss and recreate with one kick and a timeout and then the money kick.

    They should also have done some research on each’s kicker’s weak points including any big choke kicks and recreate those as well.

    I’d also emphasize extra points including re-kicks moving the ball back after 5/10/15 yd penalties.

    It may not be practical but they should attempt to isolate each kicker so that they don’t see what the workout is comprised of.

  5. I laughed when I read they were brining in 5 for a competition, but 8? LMAO! Why oh why didn’t they just draft one like the Pats did in the 5th rd? Bears could even have poached Pats’ ace Ryan Allen who was FA this spring and at still only 29 was seeking a pay raise but this week returned to sign a 1yr deal with Pats for $1.5M.

  6. More of the circus side show, lead by the lead clown in the clown car Ryan Pace…..This demonstrates his problem solving aptitude, bring in eight non answers and HOPE for a solution…..HOPE-Y, it must be a Chicago thing….Bears 7-9 in 2019!
    Seldom is there “free cash” in vegas, and with the under/over number at 9.5, the under is a gimme,,,,,

  7. The biggest problem with evaluating kickers is you can never replicate the pressure of a real game situation. How many times have we heard how good a guy is in practice before he blows it in a big game?

  8. The GM that made the Bears 12-4 and division winners last year is a clown. Yea, he’s a total clown everyone. Some real smart people on here.

  9. ….by week 5 the Bears will have signed a VET withe some NFL experience. Matt Byrant, Caleb Sturgis, Phil Dawson. Just sign a experienced kicker NOW and stop with the rookie nonsense.

  10. “I laughed when I read they were brining in 5 for a competition, but 8? LMAO! Why oh why didn’t they just draft one like the Pats did in the 5th rd?”

    Drafted kickers actually perform worse, on average, than UDFAs. It’s pretty difficult to predict who is going to kick well because the job is mental.

    Regarding the Pats and their draft strategy – it seems smart to emulate them because they win all of the time, but they actually don’t draft very well. They just happen to have a great coach and great QB (with a great contract).

  11. I laughed when I read they were brining in 5 for a competition, but 8? LMAO! Why oh why didn’t they just draft one like the Pats did in the 5th rd? Bears could even have poached Pats’ ace Ryan Allen who was FA this spring and at still only 29 was seeking a pay raise but this week returned to sign a 1yr deal with Pats for $1.5M.

    Pats drafted a punter and Allen is a punter, not a kicker…

  12. vikesr4reel says:
    May 3, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Bears!!
    Lol
    __________

    Are you lol-ing about the Bears coming out of no where and sweeping us this past season because that wasn’t funny. Our Vikings have been building for many years now and the Bears destroyed us last season. Some of you guys on here are just non-sense!

  13. Can only have so many in camp. You are putting too much pressure on the guy who gets the job already and look foolish that you can’t narrow it down to 3 or even 4 before camp. Bears better have enjoyed their year. With their cap issues and no draft picks that team didn’t get better. If you didn’t get better you just got worse.

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