After Cody Parker blew it for the Chicago Bears in the playoffs, the team will try to replace him with a kicker named Chris Blewitt
The Chicago Bears are desperate for a kicker. This is painfully obvious by now. The team spoke openly about open competition starting this offseason. They met with multiple kickers at the combine and have already signed two kickers to start off the fight to find a kicker.
After signing Redford Jones a few weeks back, the Chicago Bears went with Chris Blewitt, from Pitt. With a 69% career success rate at college, it is clear that Blewitt will not be the end
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of the team’s search. To put that into perspective Cody Parkey was 76% last season and over 80% for his career.
One thing Blewitt did mention is that he changed his kicker style. He went to the Kohls Kicking combine and beat out all of the try-out kickers there. Maybe his new style works.
Another thing Blewitt has going for him is that he kicked at an NFL stadium for his college career. Pitt plays at Heinz Field which is known for swirling winds at an open end of their stadium right off of the river.
Blewitt has had a lot of experience kicking outdoors, in grass against swirling winds. This is something a lot of kickers do not get the experience of kicking in. Whether it translates to Solider Filed is up in the air, as he did not necessarily dominate Heinz Field by any stretch.
Just like Redford Jones was not the last addition at kicker this offseason, it is becoming clear that Chris Blewitt is not the last addition either. Look for Blewitt to join Jones as well as one or two others in camp this summer.