Eddy Pineiro has officially beaten out Elliott Fry, but that doesn’t mean he has won the Chicago Bears’ kicking job.
The Bears released Fry this afternoon, leaving Pineiro as the only kicker on the roster. However, that could change.
Chicago head coach Matt Nagy was asked if Fry’s release signifies the kicking competition is over. His response was short, but it said plenty.
Matt Nagy on the #Bears kicking competition: "Is the competition over? Between those two, yeah."
Still leaves the door open for the Bears to bring in someone who isn't Eddy Pineiro. "We're always going to keep that thing open."
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 18, 2019
Pineiro had previously indicated he was “exhausted” by the competition, but it looks like he shouldn’t rest easy just yet.
Even longtime Bears beat writer Brad Biggs thinks the team’s starting kicker in Week 1 isn’t currently on the roster.
This move certainly does not indicate that Eddy Pineiro has ***won*** the kicking competition for #Bears. I would say the field and a to-be-released kicker from elsewhere is the leader in the clubhouse to be team's Week 1 kicker at this point.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 18, 2019
Pineiro is 3-of-4 on field goals this preseason, having converted both attempts in Friday’s 32-13 loss to the New York Giants.
The Bears, of course, were victimized by Cody Parkey’s struggles last season, which culminated with his miss on a game-winning attempt on the final play of the NFC Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.