Eddy Piñeiro Thinks the Bears Are Set With Whoever Wins the Kicking Competition and Other Bullets

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Eddy Piñeiro Thinks the Bears Are Set With Whoever Wins the Kicking Competition and Other Bullets

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An abbreviated set of Bullets from the line to get into Bears training camp in Bourbonnais.

  • I was all set to write about how excited I was to see Mitch Trubisky, David Montgomery, Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, and any number of other players at camp … but I couldn’t do it. Why? Because of the kicking competition. We could talk about 88 other players at camp, but the two kickers in camp will get an overwhelming amount of focus because of how things ended last year. It’s just tough to shake.
  • Lauren Screeden’s Bears update from camp gives us our first looks (and sounds) at the battle between Eddy Piñeiro and Elliott Fry:

  • How can you not love the confidence from Piñeiro? “He’s a really good kicker,” Piñeiro said of Elliott Fry. “I think we’re both going to play in the NFL for a long time. We’re both really good, competitive kickers, so Chicago is not going to go wrong with any of us.” Piñeiro said he was excited about what he expects to be “a good kicking battle.” We’ll see about that.
  • Piñeiro has the big leg in camp, and if he shows it off and makes some kicks, he’ll likely become a fan favorite in this competition. But let’s not overlook Fry, whose competitive makeup is intriguing after a perfect showing in the Alliance of American Football. Fry also offered up some thoughts, nothing that — at the end of the day — if he excels at what he can control, he’ll have a good shot to make the squad. “It doesn’t matter what the other guys do,” Fry said. “If I can go out and make every kick, I have a really good chance of being the guy.” Well said, new guy! Let the games begin.
  • If Fry does win the competition, here’s hoping his Bears career is far more successful than the last guy who wore No. 8 for this team.
  • It’s hard not to think about how different that playoff game would have been had Trey Burton been healthy. JJ Stankevitz (NBC Sports Chicago) writes that Burton says he isn’t 100 percent just year, but the arrow is pointing the right direction. Burton underwent sports hernia surgery, an operation connected to the injury that kept him out of January’s Wild-Card Weekend loss to the Eagles. And while Burton said he wasn’t all the way back, it’s encouraging that he didn’t start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. I’d be far more concerned about Burton’s future if he wasn’t ready for the start of camp.
  • Chris Emma (670 The Score) has lined up the most important training camp storylines.
  • Always good to read about QB1’s accuracy:

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.