After a long few months, the Bears finally had a kick to cheer about on Thursday.
Head coach Matt Nagy has thrown his group of kickers through the gauntlet that this offseason following Cody Parkey’s dreadful playoff double-doink from the Eagles.
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After cutting Parkey, Nagy brought in eight kickers a month and then narrowed the list to three — Chris Blewitt, Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro — before cutting Blewitt on Wednesday.
With his squad, Nagy wagered on the day of mandatory minicamp. Pineiro and fry would every attempt a field objective. If kicker missed, then the whole team had to undergo a conditioning evaluation for the remainder of practice.
In a change of speed, both kickers nailed their attempts and Nagy sent everybody home for the summer.
“We put a little heat — shocking — about the kickers for conditioning to the group,” Nagy said, via ESPN. “They nailed two 40-yarders down the middle, so our guys got from gassers, which was fine. So if you noticed any cheering, that is why.
“And then the cool thing was that I sort of got ahead of myself and I said,’You want move double or nothing for the start of training camp?”’ I thought they’d balk, however they hawked down me and wanted more, and also both kickers were the first to jump at it and say,’Let us go.’ So that was good. They called my bluff. But they’re running when we return [to coaching camp].”
It is a welcome sight for Chicago to be embracing the kickers in a positive way heading to the break. But Nagy said Wednesday the Bears would still maintain their options open over the summer — outside of Fry and Pineiro — so the saga might not be just yet.

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