Bears sign Blewitt to help kicking woes

The Chicago Bears are hoping a kicker named Blewitt can replace a kicker who actually did blow it for them last season.

This comes on the heels of the Bears announcing they will let go of kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the new league year next week. The team also previously signed Redford Jones to a reserve/future contract after the end of the season.

Blewitt played collegiately at Pitt between 2013 and 2016. In his freshman campaign, Blewitt made 14 of his 18 field goals and 40 of his 41 extra points. He followed that up by making 16 of his 21 field goals in 2014 and 50 of his 51 extra points. He then had an abysmal final two seasons. He made just 15 of his 23 attempts in 2015 and 42 of his 43 extra points in 2015. He followed that up by making just 10 of his 17 field goal attempts in 2016 and 66 of his 69 extra points. He ended his career by making just 69.6 percent of his field goal attempts. He also missed six extra points.

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His numbers definitely do not inspire confidence for a fan base that watched its playoff hopes go out the window on a missed Parkey kick back in January. Parkey made just 23 of his 30 field goal attempts during the regular season. He also missed three extra points. Then his biggest miss came in the playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles. With a chance to win the game, Parkey hit the left upright with his kick and then it banged off the crossbar in the Wild Card round. Parkey had a game earlier in the year against the Detroit Lions where he hit four of his kicks off the uprights. The Bears inked him to a four-year deal worth $15 million last March with $9 million guaranteed after a couple of years of struggles at the position.

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“We’ve talked to Cody and Cody knows were going to go on in a different direction… it was a healthy talk, he took it like a true professional,” head coach Matt Nagy said about the pending release of Parkey, via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. “We wish him the best.”

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