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Bears Kickers Struggle on 43-Yard Practice Kicks After Cody Parkey's Famous Miss

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 3, 2019

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06:  Cody Parkey #1 of the Chicago Bears watches as his field goal attempt misses while Treyvon Hester #90 (L) and Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles signal that it's no good during an NFC Wild Card playoff game at Soldier Field on January 6, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Bears 16-15.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Six of eight kickers invited to Chicago Bears minicamp missed 43-yard field goals to close Friday's practice, per ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson.

The Bears' 2018 season ended with a 16-15 NFC Wild Card Game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after kicker Cody Parkey's 43-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked.

"That's not good enough," head coach Matt Nagy said regarding the 2-of-8 number. He continued:

"Now I will say this, we always look at the end result of what happens, which is 100 percent what matters right? But as we're learning, two of those eight holds and snaps, it wasn't 100 percent, all right. I'll leave it at that.

"So it's not always, 'So we've got to work through that.' That's why after today we're not going to just go about and make rash decisions or anything. We're going to play it out."

Here's the bad news for Bears fans: A 25 percent success rate on 43-yard kicks is not reassuring.

Here's the good news for Bears fans: It's only May 3, and the Bears aren't going to have eight kickers on their final 53-man roster.

Chicago only needs to trust one when the season begins. Perhaps one of the two who nailed the 43-yarders will get the gig (the identities of the players who made the kicks have not been reported).

Dickerson provided a brief scouting report on a few kickers present:

Jeff Dickerson @DickersonESPN

Bears list 8 kickers on rookie minicamp roster: Chris Blewitt, Casey Bednarski, Redford Jones, Elliott Fry, Emmit Carpenter, John Baron II, Spencer Evans & Justin Yoon.

Jeff Dickerson @DickersonESPN

Here is my expert Bears rookie minicamp kicker breakdown: Chris Blewitt...tough name for a kicker...but a good ball striker. Elliott Fry...pretty consistent. Casey Bednarski...great name...flowing long...hair...small gut...the people's choice. That is all.

Former Orlando Apollos kicker Elliott Fry may be the most intriguing name on the list. He made all 14 of his field goals (long of 47 yards) during eight games for the AAF's best team this season.

The ex-South Carolina Gamecock signed a three-year deal with Chicago, but he will have to stave off much competition over the next few months to get the gig.

The Bears open the 2019 campaign at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 5.

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