Eddy Piñeiro is sparing no expense in the preparing for this year’s kicking competition. So much so, he bulked up in the offseason as the team requested.
“The first day we went out and kicked – I hadn’t seen him kick since the Minnesota game – you’re looking at a bigger, stronger Eddy Piñeiro,” said Special Teams Coach Chris Tabor .
Tabor explained that the team asked Piñeiro to put on some weight in the offseason. As a result, Tabor said Piñeiro decreased his body fat and looks visibly stronger. Moreover, Tabor said the ball is really “jumping off” Piñeiro’s foot.
Hey, I’ll take good news from the kicking game whenever I can get them!
Now, you might be asking how much weight can a 5-foot-11, 177-pound kicker could add? And I would reply by saying that’s a fair question. But based on a cross-comparisons of similarly sized kickers, the answer appears to be “plenty.”
• Robbie Gould: 6-0, 190
• Josh Lambo: 6-0, 216
• Will Lutz: 5-11, 184
• Matt Prater: 5-10, 201
• Jason Myers: 5-10, 190
The Bears have yet to update their players’ measurables on their official website. But knowing Piñeiro has changed reminds me to keep an eye on updates.
In the end, this is an encouraging development. After all, positive vibes in the kicking game are greatly appreciated in any form and at any time. Let’s be honest. Hearing in August that Piñeiro looks better and stronger than before is certainly better than the alternative. So, congrats to Piñeiro on being up to the task, putting in additional work, and showing up to camp in game shape.
So, what’s your counter move, Ramiz Ahmed? Kicking-obsessed fans want to know!
For more from Tabor, his entire video conference is embedded below: