Chicago Bears: 3 things to know about new kicker Eddy Pineiro

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Pineiro has both the leg and accuracy

Looking at Pineiro and how he performed throughout his collegiate career with the Gators, I am thoroughly impressed. I can see exactly what the Raiders must have seen a year ago when they signed him following the draft.

First of all, as a former soccer player, you know Pineiro has the leg. Just take a look at this:

If there is ever any doubt the Bears had found a kicker with one of the stronger legs you’ve seen, that doubt ends now. It’s Pineiro. An 81-yard field goal in pads? That’s downright impressive.

Along with the leg, Pineiro brings elite accuracy to the table. Although he only started kicking as a high school senior, Pineiro would have ended as the 4th-most accurate kicker in NCAA football history. The minimum qualifier, per Sports Reference, is 50 career kicks. Pineiro ended his two-year stint with the Gators at an 88.4 percent clip on field goal attempts — with 43 career attempts.

In his final season at Florida, Pineiro missed just one kick, going 17-for-18.

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Here’s to hoping the Bears found their long-term solution at kicker. If all goes according to plan, Pineiro stays healthy and wins this job. Fingers crossed, Bears fans.