The Chicago Bears have waived kicker Elliott Fry this weekend. Coach Matt Nagy mentioned that the group has determined to maneuver on with Eddy Piñeiro as their solely kicker:
When requested when the Bears launched Fry now as a substitute of after the remaining two video games of preseason, Nagy mentioned the group launched Fry now so they might give Eddy Piñeiro extra reps an elevated alternative “to see what he can do.”
Piñeiro was excited concerning the alternative, and mentioned he’s trying ahead to getting these elevated reps, noting he feels as if they will solely make him higher.
Is Eddy Piñeiro Their Kicker Transferring Ahead?
Nagy mentioned that whereas the competitors between Fry and Piñeiro was over, the Bears kicking competitors just isn’t, noting that the group needed the very best participant for the place, suggesting they’d nonetheless have their eye on different kickers performing nicely all through the league.
When requested if Piñeiro was going to be the kicker towards Inexperienced Bay week one, Nagy mentioned that’s what he needed and that was the mentality he needed his gamers to have: a aggressive edge and infinite perception in themselves. However he wouldn’t decide to a particular ‘sure’ or ‘no’ reply concerning whether or not or not Piñeiro was their man going into the long run. However he’s the group’s beginning kicker for now.
The Kicking Competitors is Far From Over
Whereas seemingly enthusiastic about beating Fry out and shifting on within the competitors, Piñeiro additionally famous that he knew his work was nonetheless very a lot minimize out for him:
Clearly, Piñeiro isn’t resting on his laurels. “I really feel like I haven’t gained the competitors,” Piñeiro mentioned when requested how he felt about Fry being waived. He additionally famous that beating Fry out was a particular confidence booster, and wished his former competitor nicely sooner or later.
When requested how he felt about kicking in Chicago and coping with the weather and harsh climate, Piñeiro didn’t appear fazed, noting: “We’re skilled athletes, we now have to regulate.”