Friday Notebook: Edinger Responds

Lake Forest - Paul Edinger could be in his final days as a Bear, but that's not stopping the placekicker from trying to put the ball through the uprights.

You can't often say that the kicking portion of a practice was the most interesting part of the day. However, that was the case on Friday.

In the middle of the opening session, Paul Edinger and Doug Brien alternated field goal attempts from 33, 38, 43 and 48 yards out.

With a strong wind in their face, both kickers struggled as the distance increased. Edinger and Brien converted only one of four attempts from 43 yards and beyond.

Although Edinger is reportedly on the trading block or could even be released, there is no clear favorite for the kicking duties at this time.

"The depth chart right now doesn't really matter at any of the positions," said head coach Lovie Smith. "It's about improving our football team as much as we can and competition does that."

Edinger is used to the Bears brining in someone to challenge him in training camp, but Brien presents the most serious challenge to date.

"This is definitely something I can handle," Edinger said. "Competition is always welcome, I think; competition always makes you better. I compete against myself anyways, even if there wasn't somebody else out there."

Edinger is on thin ice with Smith, as he converted just 15 of 24 field goal attempts last season and is 24 of his last 43.

There is a very real chance that that Edinger could be auditioning for another team.

"If I were to go somewhere else just have to use this to get better," Edinger said. "That's all I can do."

The undrafted free agents got a chance to kick in the afternoon session with neither Tyler Jones nor Nick Novak distinguishing themselves under better conditions.

Missing in Action
While the bulk of the roster was in attendance at Halas Hall, there were a few players on the sidelines and others nowhere in sight.

As anticipated, R.W. McQuarters will not take part in the mini-camp as the team continues to shop him around the league.

DE Adewale Ogunleye spent the day watching his teammates practicing. He's still rehabbing from off-season ankle surgery.

WR Airese Currie and CB Alfonso Marshall also observed from the sidelines as they recover from their prospective injuries.

John Tait has been excused because of a family matter. Marc Colombo worked in place of Tait with the first team offensive line at left tackle.

TE Desmond Clark hurt his ankle earlier in the week and is unable to practice.

DT Tommie Harris sat out during the afternoon session, but is expected to be able to go over the weekend.

Sporting a New Look
For those who have seen Bobby Wade without a helmet in the past, he wore his hair in braids or an Afro. These days he looks a bit shorter because of a recent haircut, which he deems as a complete makeover.

"(I'm) A new player though, I really put a lot of emphasis in my off-season, as far as training on getting my body where it needs to be, getting my speed developed and my focus and everything. So it's more or less a new me."


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