UA-59049186-1 2021 Chicago Bears Preview: Special Teams - Good if it Goes

2021 Chicago Bears Preview: Special Teams

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Cairo Santos returns after seizing the kicking job after a groin injury to hero of the 2019 Denver game and greatest former Florida Gator to wear number 15 in the NFL Eddie Piniero. From last year’s preview:

“Santos had a solid run in Kansas City, where Matt Nagy made his acquaintanceship. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil posted a career-high 88.6% rate on field goals in 2016 in Kansas City, but was released during the 2017 season after he injured his groin and was Wally Pipp-ed by Harrison Butker. Santos hasn’t caught on anywhere since with stints in Chicago, Los Angeles with the Rams, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee. He was let go by the Titans after going 4-for-9 on field goals there. Now he’s back for another run in Chicago, starting on the practice squad. Hopefully, he can be at least steady if needed.”

He was more than steady. He set a new career-high for single season field goal percentage at 93.8 and kicked a career-long 55-yarder. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a kicker.

A seventh-year pro out of Miami, Pat O’Donnell is back. He is a punter, and punters are people, too, so he gets mentioned in this preview. Also, he has a perfect career passer rating after throwing a touchdown in his only passing attempt on a fake punt against the Vikings on Monday Night Football in 2017. For The Brand. He is still a punter, though, so this is the extent of his mention here.

Patrick Scales returns as the team’s long snapper, a position that doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. As such, your author is taking this moment to acknowledge Scales and long snappers everywhere. The position being what it is, though, this is the last time your author hopes to mention Scales’ name unless he makes a big hit during a game or goes viral for snapping weird stuff like Bryan Pittman did years ago.

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