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Top Eddy Pineiro News

  • Eddy Pineiro: Checks in with Jets

    Pineiro (undisclosed) had a workout with the Jets on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Pineiro opened the season on Washington's practice squad before being let go with an injury settlement, and it appears he's now healthy. The 26-year-old could receive an opportunity in New York if Matt Ammendola continues to struggle.

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  • Eddy Pineiro: Gets injury settlement

    Washington cut Pineiro (undisclosed) from its practice squad with an injury settlement Saturday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

    After serving as the Bears' kicker during the 2019 season, Pineiro came out of camp last year in the same position, only to hit IR to start the campaign. He remained there all season due to a groin injury, allowing Cairo Santos to handle placekicking duties in Chicago. Pineiro didn't find a new home until May, when the Colts signed him to compete with Rodrigo Blankenship, but he was sent packing in the middle of the preseason. Once rosters were cut down last week, Washington signed him to the practice squad, but an unknown injury has resulted in him hitting the market again.

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  • Eddy Pineiro: Joins Washington's practice squad

    Pineiro has latched on with Washington's practice squad, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

    Pineiro will serve as depth at kicker in the event that Dustin Hopkins is forced to miss some time at some point. He' s unlikely to hold a spot on the active roster during 2021 barring that scenario, unless of course Hopkins struggles greatly.

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  • Eddy Pineiro: Let go by Indianapolis

    The Colts waived Pineiro on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Pineiro was impressive during the preseason, as he didn't miss a single kick, so he could reasonably draw interest from teams around the league. His departure is a clear indication that Rodrigo Blankenship has emerged victorious in the Colts' kicking competition.

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  • Colts' Eddy Pineiro: Converts all three FG attempts

    Pineiro made all three of his field-goal attempts from 31, 50 and 28 yards, in Saturday's preseason win over Minnesota.

    Both Rodrigo Blankenship and Pineiro have been nearly perfect in training camp and the preseason. Blankenship will likely retain this starting job from last season unless he stumbles however. Pineiro could draw interest from other NFL teams if he has another strong preseason game next week.

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  • Colts' Eddy Pineiro: Part of open kicker competition

    Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that the Colts will have an open competition at placekicker between Rodrigo Blankenship and Pineiro during OTAs and training camp, Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star reports.

    Blankenship is the incumbent, coming off a rookie season in which he converted 32 of 37 field-goal attempts and 43 of 45 extra-point tries. However, he didn't demonstrate a particularly strong leg, going 1-for-3 on kicks of 50 yards or more. Pineiro made both his 50-yard attempts when he last played for the Bears in 2019, but he spent the entire 2020 campaign on injured reserve with a groin injury. Blankenship has to be a heavy favorite for the job at this stage.

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  • Colts' Eddy Pineiro: Lands in Indianapolis

    Pineiro (groin) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Colts on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Pineiro spent the entire 2020 campaign on injured reserve, but had it not been for Cairo Santos' emergence in Chicago, it seems as though he could have been activated midseason. Although Pineiro is now healthy, it doesn't seem likely that he will have many opportunities to dethrone Rodrigo Blankenship as the Colts' top kicker this offseason.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Spends season on injured reserve

    Pineiro (groin) failed to see the field in 2020 after landing on injured reserve on September 8.

    At first, Pineiro was expected to have a realistic chance to return to action after a three-week stint on injured reserve had concluded, but with Cairo Santos proving to be a reliable kicking option for the Bears, Pineiro was never activated. With his contract having expired, he'll hit unrestricted free agency, and after making 82 percent of his field goals in 2019, he'll likely have a solid chance of earning a kicking job for 2021.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Week 4 return unlikely

    Coach Matt Nagy doesn't think Pineiro (groin) will be ready to play against the Colts in Week 4, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Chicago would need to remove Pineiro from IR before he can play, and Cairo Santos will continue to fill in as long as Pineiro remains sidelined. The Bears have a short week before facing the Buccaneers on Thursday in Week 5, so Pineiro will be hard-pressed to heal up in time for that one.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Out at least three weeks

    The Bears placed Pineiro (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday.

    The NFL's new IR rules for 2020 will allow the Bears to activate Pineiro after he sits out three games, so if he moves past the groin injury by the end of September, he could be ready to step back in as the team's kicker beginning in Week 4 against the Colts. In the interim, the Bears are expected to promote Cairo Santos from the practice squad to handle kicking duties.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Unlikely to play Week1

    Pineiro (groin) didn't attempt field goals during the media portion of training camp practices Saturday and is unlikely to be available for at least Week 1, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    With Cairo Santos expected to be released, the Bears could try to bring him back on the practice squad so that he can replace Pineiro to start the season. In addition, if the team desires to move Pineiro to injured reserve and bring him back during the season, it must wait until Monday to make that move. For now, Pineiro is not a recommended fantasy option unless his situation is resolved and he's back on the field as the starting kicker.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Path to No. 1 role

    Head coach Matt Nagy hinted that the Bears could roster both Pineiro (groin) and Cairo Santos, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Nagy didn't confirm whether this meant both would be on the active roster or if one would be on the practice squad, but it likely means Pineiro is sticking in Chicago regardless of how the competition against Santos plays out. Even with Pineiro's injury, he's regarded as the No. 1 kicker for the time being.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Competition brought in

    Pineiro, who has been dealing with a groin issue of late, "hasn't attempted a kick in front of reporters all week," according to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.

    With that in mind, it's not surprising that the Bears plan to sign Cairo Santos to provide insurance and/or competition for Pineiro, who previously had seemed to cement the team's kicking job after Ramiz Ahmed was waived earlier this month.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Kicking competitor waived

    With Ramiz Ahmed having been waived, Pineiro is the only kicker on the Bears' roster, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

    Unless another kicker is brought in by the team, Pineiro will reprise the duties he held last season with the Bears, en route to converting 82 percent of his field-goal tries. His fantasy upside, however, is tied to a Chicago offense that may not yield consistent volume.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Preparing for competition

    Pineiro added eight pounds of muscle to strengthen his leg as he prepares to compete against Ramiz Ahmed for the Bears' kicking job during training camp and the preseason, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

    Although Pineiro connected on just 82.1 percent of his field-goal attempts last year, he rebounded well from a mid-season slump. Add strength to his leg could help Pineiro on both kickoffs and long-distance field goals, which would come in handy during his job battle with Ahmed. The presence of Ahmed may ultimately not prove to be much of a concern, as he hasn't kicked competitively since 2018, when he made just 15 of 20 field-goal attempts in his final collegiate season at Utah. Regardless, unless the Bears can make significant progress on offense, the team's kicker is unlikely to be more than a fantasy reserve in typical leagues.

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  • Bears' Eddy Pineiro: Expecting competition

    Pineiro anticipates competition for the Bears' starting kicker job during the offseason, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "Last year, I had to compete against eight different guys, so I don't think that's going to change," Pineiro said. "Hopefully, it's not eight again, but I definitely expect competition."

    In the wake of Cody Parkey's ignominious end to the 2018 campaign, the Bears searched far and wide for a replacement, eventually landing on Pineiro after cycling through nearly 10 options. Through Week 11, there wasn't much of a difference, as Pineiro missed five of 17 field-goal attempts. He righted the ship thereafter, though, making all 11 kicks over the last six games. On top of that, he was relatively clean on point-after tries, making 27 of 29 for the season. Chicago's front office won't be blamed for bringing in a kicker during the offseason program and/or training camp, but Pineiro's end of the year at least gives him a leg up on any competition.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Age: 26
Class: Senior