The Chicago Bears can get a long-term solution at punter with Corey Bojorquez
For a couple of years now, the Bears have decided against finding a new punter. Instead, they have stuck with 2014 sixth-round pick Pat O’Donnell for seven seasons since drafting him out of Miami.
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O’Donnell has been towards the middle or bottom of the pack in terms of overall yards per punt since joining the Bears, and many fans have believed him to be replaceable for a while now.
Believe it or not, the league’s leader in yards per punt last season was none other than the BIlls’ Corey Bojorquez at 50.8 yards. In seven seasons with the Bears, O’Donnell has averaged a mediocre 45.0 yards per punt.
Bojorquez must have done something to tweak his technique prior to last season, too, because this was by far his best year as a pro. The 24-year-old averaged just 41.9 yards per punt in 2019. that’s almost a full 9.0 yards worse than he performed in 2020 — a stark difference. His rookie year in 2018 saw Bojorquez finish at 45.1, similarly to O’Donnell’s career mark.
If Chicago wanted to find a long-term replacement at punter, Bojorquez would be a great option. Now, is that the top priority? Probably not. Additionally, with just one year of strong play, the Bears could choose not to see that as a trend.