Bears’ Matt Nagy unsure how many kickers he will keep on the roster
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is unsure how many kickers he will keep on the team’s roster, a natural point of uncertainty for an organization in search of stability.
My general thoughts on who did well in the Bears’ kicking competition this weekend: Elliot Fry, Chris Blewitt, Spencer Evans and Casey Bednarski. Matt Nagy said he wasn’t sure how many kickers would be on the roster for OTAs, be it 2, 3 or 4.
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) May 5, 2019
According to NBC Chicago’s J.J. Stankevitz (via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper), the Bears’ kicker lineup for the 2019 NFL season remains murky.
Head coach Matt Nagy said after Sunday’s practice, via J.J. Stankevitz of NBCSportsChicago.com, that he wasn’t sure if the team would keep two, three, or four kickers on the roster as the offseason continues.
The team currently has four kickers – Elliott Fry, John Baron, Redford Jones, and Chris Blewitt – on the roster.
Four others – Justin Yoon, Spencer Evans, Emmit Carpenter, and Casey Bednarski – tried out for the team this week. The group struggled on Friday, but had a better day Saturday and Sunday ended with Bednarski celebrating a win over Jones in a kicking competition.
The Bears must resolve their kicker dilemma as soon as possible. They’re still reeling from Cody Parkey’s missed field goal in the 2018 NFC Wild Card Game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Nevertheless, Chicago (which won 12 games last year) enjoyed its finest run since its Super Bowl XLI appearance in the 2006 NFL season.
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) May 2, 2019
Does the Bears’ kicker conundrum open the door for Robbie Gould’s return to the Windy City? The 36-year-old Gould requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers on April 24. He wants to play in a city close to his wife and children, who live in Chicago.
Should that deal materialize, Gould should retire with the team he played for from 2005 to 2015. He can also help the Bears win their first Super Bowl title since the 1985 NFL season.
Whatever decision Nagy and Co. make, Chicago should have a solid lineup of kickers in place for 2019. They should help Bears fans erase the stigma of Parkey’s missed field goal.