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The Bear’s Den, May 7, 2019

Six kickers gone, two kickers stay, one kicker joins, and Cody Parkey... well, nobody actually cares what Cody Parkey is doing...

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers
Place kicker Paul Edinger #2 of the Chicago Bears sets up for a field goal attempt during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 19, 2004 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Bears defeated the Packers 21-10.
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Stankevitz: Facing an uphill climb, Emanuel Hall aims to prove NFL wrong with Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Speedy ex-Mizzou receiver Emanuel Hall doesn’t have a clear path to a roster spot with the Bears, but the undrafted free agent nonetheless sees Chicago as the perfect fit.

Wood: Self-Scouting Matt Nagy’s 2018 Play-Calling - Da Bears Blog - Some coaches have play-calling tendencies in different down and distance situations, and opposing NFL teams scout those to help their play calling in response. With that in mind, I looked at down and distance trends for Chicago’s’ offense in 2018.

Mayer: Expectations high for rookie Montgomery - - analyst Chad Reuter is predicting that Bears third-round pick David Montgomery will be one of two running backs selected to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2019.

ICYMI: Every article from rookie minicamp - - The Bears conducted their rookie minicamp Thursday through Sunday. In case you missed it, we’ve compiled all of the articles that appeared on

Check Out the Leg on New Bears Kicker Eddy Piñeiro! - Bleacher Nation - Eddy Piñeiro has a leg on him!

Infante: Bears acquire kicker Eddy Pineiro from Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s kicking competition continues.

Kicker-starved Bears trade Raiders for Eddy Pineiro - - The Oakland Raiders sent kicker Eddy Pineiro to Chicago in return for a conditional 2021 seventh-round draft pick, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

Bears acquire K Eddy Pineiro from Raiders – ProFootballTalk - The Bears cut the number of kickers on their roster from four to two after last weekend's rookie minicamp, but they aren't done looking for the right man to handle the job in 2019. PFT has confirmed that the Bears have acquired kicker Eddy Pineiro in a trade with the Raiders.

Potash: Bears could hit the jackpot with motivated WR Emanuel Hall - Sun Times - Hall’s speed (4.39 40) and big-play ability made him an intriguing prospect. He averaged 23.5 yards per catch in his final two years at Missouri.

Finley: Bears trade for Raiders kicker Eddy Piñeiro - Sun Times - The Bears have traded for a Bay Area kicker — but not Robbie Gould.

Morrissey: Wait, the Bears needed eight kickers to try to replace the very bad Cody Parkey? - Sun Times - Over the weekend, a flash mob of kickers descended on Halas Hall for a rookie minicamp. Or, eight kickers walked into a crossbar, and it was a joke.

Wiederer: Bears bring in another kicker by acquiring Eddy Pineiro from the Raiders - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have acquired kicker Eddy Pineiro from the Raiders. The Bears will owe the Raiders a 2021 seventh-round pick if Pineiro winds up on their active roster for at least five games.

Kane: Bears' kicker competition down to 2 — Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry — after a pressure-packed rookie minicamp - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the cutthroat world of the Bears’ kicking competition, and it’s likely not over. The Bears tried to simulate pressure-packed conditions for the kickers at rookie minicamp. It remains to be seen if any of the eight there will make the roster.

Wiederer: 3 things we learned as Bears rookie camp ends, including Duke Shelley's enthusiasm and Dax Raymond's chances - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears finished rookie minicamp Sunday at Halas Hall. Coach Matt Nagy spoke openly after practice about Duke Shelley's energy, Dax Raymond's hands and the ongoing spotlight on the kicking competition.

Cox: Bears add another kicker to the mix, acquire Eddy Pineiro from Raiders - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have reportedly added a new kicking candidate to the mix, dealing a conditional 2021 7th-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for kicker Eddy Pineiro.


DeForest Buckner, 49ers far apart on long-term deal - - The 49ers recently exercised DT DeForest Buckner’s fifth-year option. The next step is coming up with a long-term deal for the 2018 Pro Bowler. Ian Rapoport reports the two sides aren’t close, however.


Debunking Bleacher Report’s claim that the Detroit Lions ‘blew’ the offseason - Pride Of Detroit - Bleacher Report is pretty critical about the Lions’ offseason, but they’re misguided in their judgment.

Detroit Lions podcast: What positions have improved, gotten worse since 2018? - Pride Of Detroit - We examine which positions have improved since May 2018.

Detroit Lions UDFA class ranked in bottom half of NFL - Pride Of Detroit - Not everyone is impressed with the Lions’ UDFA haul.

Vikings sign Rutgers CB Isaiah Wharton following tryout camp - Daily Norseman - And the roster is now at 90

Darnell Savage brings stability, speed, and upside to the Packers’ safety group - Acme Packing Company - The Maryland standout plays with attitude and aggression, but it doesn’t make him reckless. Some added speed gives Darnell Savage the upside to be both reliable and dynamic.

Packers cut RB Lavon Coleman, ending short run with full 90-man roster - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ run with a full 90-man roster lasted less than a full day.


Wiltfong: Bears sign Jesper Horsted - Windy City Gridiron - Accordion to the Princeton Tigers’ Twitter account, the Chicago Bears have signed undrafted free agent Jesper Horsted, who ended his collegiate career as one of the greatest wide receivers in Ivy...

Householder: Which NFC North division rival of the Chicago Bears had the best draft? - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG writers weigh in on which Bears rival inside the division got better

Wiltfong: Winners and losers from Bears rookie mini-camp - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have concluded their three-day rookie mini-camp, and while the Xs&Os on-field stuff was limited, it still gave the coaching staff a good look at their entire rookie class plus...

Schmitz: Chicago Bears Bear With Me Podcast: Where Are We Now? - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL Draft behind us, the Chicago Bears’ 2019 Roster is all but set — but how does it compare to last year? Robert goes position by position to evaluate in this episode of Bear With Me!


Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network


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