Bears' minicamp kicking battle off to bad start

Bears boot Blewitt, cut number of kickers to 2

Bears' minicamp kicking battle off to bad start

The Chicago Bears' kicking competition experienced another setback on Tuesday, and it wound up costing one player his job.

Blewitt's release leaves recently acquired former Oakland Raiders kicker Eddy Pineiro and former Alliance of American Footbal kicker Elliott Fry as the only two left in the competition. Nagy pointed out after practice that even if just one of his kickers had been successful, no one would have noticed - but the Bears have spent so much time trying to ceremonially exorcise their kicking demons, it's hard to see any kicker faring well if they happen to face a 42-yarder in the regular season.

After the Bears' 2018 season ended on a double-doink from Cody Parkey, who was subsequently cut, the kicking situation has been at the forefront of the team's offseason.

"Really, I mean I just know there are curveballs, so I prepare myself mentally the same way everyday, coming out in practice as if I was going out to the games, not really doing anything different because then you start preparing differently for different situations and that's not really being as consistent as you want to be", Blewitt told PFW last month. They were 0-for-3 out there. "We talk it through and we figure it out and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that in the end, when we get to the very end, we have the right guy there". "But 0-for-3 today, no good", Nagy said. Unless something drastically changes in the next two days, this struggle-bus competition between the last two standing will last into training camp at the end of July.

"They went back-to-back-to-back, and all three missed", an exacerbated Nagy said. "So they are being evaluated not just by (the media), not just by me but by their teammates". We missed three today. Coach Matt Nagy explained that the team has an "Augusta silence" rule, which is designed to create an "eerie" atmosphere that puts kickers under pressure.

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