Chicago Bears: Meet the 5 kickers headed to rookie mini camp

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Alex Kjellsten

McNeese State

The Chicago Bears did bring in one guy who isn’t necessarily used to cold weather kicking, but that may not matter as long as he can prove he can handle it. His name is Alex Kjellsten and he played for McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana which also happens to be his hometown. He is a smaller kicker at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds. His size won’t matter as long as he can confidently kick a football through uprights at a consistent pace.

He is listed as a placekicker, and he was a punter for McNeese. Playing for the McNeese Cowboys, he was selected as a 1st team All-Conference player for the Southland Conference. This is a smaller conference with less known schools but it is good to know that he was an elite player at his position for his school.

He could be the diamond in the rough the Bears are looking for to come in and do something for them. Maybe he ends up as a punting option, or maybe he can make a field goal, whatever it is we hope he does something to earn himself a career and help the Chicago Bears win football games.

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Fixing these kicking woes the Bears are going through won’t be easy, but they have the right people in place to find their new guy as they seem to have learned from the 2018 mistake. These five guys will all attend the rookie camp and hope to receive invitations to training camp. The biggest issue with this team is kicking and that says a lot about how bad it was, and how good the team actually is.