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One thing head coach <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 834622,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:834622]>Dick Jauron</A> can rely on is <!--Default NodeId For Paul Edinger is 722133,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722133]>Paul Edinger</A>. The placekicker has earned a reputation for being one the best clutch kickers in the game. When virtually everything went wrong last year, Edinger's foot didn't falter as he connected five times from 50 yards or more.

Edinger's average field goal attempt was a League-high 41.9 yards while his average conversion of 40.4 yards ranked second. While it's a luxury to have a kicker that can hit from downtown, Jauron hopes Edinger will be hitting more PATs then three pointers.

"Hopefully, we won't be kicking a lot of 50-yard field goals," Jauron said. "Last year we did, (but) that's a lot of pressure on your kicker. Not only to make it, but if he misses it field possession is changed immediately.

"I sure have a comfort zone with him. He's a very dependable player for us, very tough minded. When he misses one, it doesn't affect him. He can't wait to get out there for the next one."

One of Edinger's biggest strengths is that he knows his limitations.

"He's very up front, in terms of what he tells you he thinks he can do and can't do," Jauron said. "If he doesn't think he can do it then he'll give you the yardages where it's reasonable and then he'll tell you from here it's not reasonable. But, it doesn't mean we wouldn't call on him if that was a last resort and it (the game) was close."

However, even the most accurate placekicker in franchise history can't escape the critics. Edinger lacks distance on his kickoffs; meaning touchbacks are a rarity.

Jauron suggests the problem is league wide.

"You'd like to have every kickoff go out of the endzone," he said. "That's what you'd like to have, it doesn't happen in our league especially since the advent of the K-Ball. I think it's really equalized things throughout the business."

The Bears will live with Edinger's kickoff inconsistencies if he keeps converting field goals, as evident by the five-year deal worth $7 million that the team matched in the offseason.

Interchangeable parts
The Bears have two competent veteran fullbacks. Daimon Shelton and Stanley Pritchett offer variety at the position.

"Stanley has a track record of catching the ball, being a little more versatile than Daimon," Jauron said. "Daimon has a track record of being of the premier lead blockers in the business. So, they both have their roles to play and we intend to use them both."

Back in the fold
A day after Dick Jauron practically talked about each member of his secondary, except for Roosevelt Williams; the cornerback had one of his best days of practice. He picked off Chris Chandler, who was going to Bobby Wade in the endzone, and then stopped Brock Forsey in the backfield.

"I think Ro has had a pretty good camp," Jauron said. "He played as well as he's played for us in the first exhibition game. So, hopefully he can keep taking steps forward in practice and then show it again this Saturday on the field."

Injury front
Bryan Knight will miss practice the rest of the week and sit out of Saturday's game against Denver because of an ailing right knee. He flew to New York Wednesday seeking a second opinion on the problem, but the specialists concurred with the Bears doctors that Knight doesn't need surgery.

At this point the team is taking the conservative approach considering the start of the season is still more than three weeks away. Lance Briggs can use the extra work.

"We really like what Lance has done there to date and he hasn't had a lot of exposure there," Jauron said of Briggs play at strong-side linebacker.

Todd McMillon returned to practice after spraining his shoulder Tuesday. Alex Brown left the morning session with a strained neck, but returned for the afternoon workout.

Roster move
The Bears waived kicker Alex Walls Tuesday, which made room for the team to re-sign long-snapper Carson Dach. The undrafted free agent from Eastern Michigan spent time on Chicago's roster this spring.

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