Trimming Down

When the Bears released placekicker Tyler Jones on Tuesday it meant the team will take two kickers and five quarterbacks to training camp.

With four other quarterbacks on the roster it appeared Ryan Dinwiddie would not make it to Bourbonnais. While there aren't enough snaps to go around for five signal callers, Dinwiddie provides insurance incase of an injury or in the unlikely event of a contract holdout by fourth-round pick Kyle Orton.

With the release of Jones, an undrafted free agent out of Boise State, the Bears reached their roster limit. The team currently has 90 players heading to camp with 10 NFL Europe exemptions, including Dinwiddie who played for the Hamburg Sea Devils.

In a little more than a month the Bears have went from five kickers down to Doug Brien and Nick Novak. Don't be fooled, it's Brien's job to lose. He signed a one-year deal with the Bears in May, which led to the release of Paul Edinger.

Brien has spent the last two seasons in New York, while recording 105 points in each campaign. He converted 51-of-61 with the Jets, but two missed attempts against the Pittsburgh Steelers that cost the team a chance to play in the AFC Championship game. The 34-year-old currently ranked as the 10th-most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (81.1%) among those with a minimum of 100 attempts.

Novak will provide an extra leg in camp. The undrafted free agent from Maryland will have a chance to showcase his skills with five preseason games. He finished as the ACC's all-time leading scorer. He connected on 16 of 22 field goal attempts as senior and 80 of 127 over his college career.


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