Santos converted each of his three field-goal attempts in Chicago's 23-16 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Not only did Santos convert all of his kicks, but he also nailed his first kick of over 50 yards this season, leading to an 11-point performance, which was his best game of the campaign. Although he averaged fewer than five points per game over the first three contests, he's had a pair of strong performances in a row, and he may now be considered as a potential streaming option.
Santos made a pair of field goals and two extra points in the Bears' 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers on Thursday. Santos hit a 38-yard field goal with a little more than a minute left to give the Bears the win. However, he's averaging just five points per game and therefore remains a low-upside fantasy option.
Santos is expected to remain the Bears' kicker for Sunday's game against the Colts, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. After Eddy Pineiro (groin) was placed on injured reserve shortly before the season opener, Santos has kicked in each of the Bears' first three games, converting on four of six field-goal tries and eight of eight extra-point attempts. Though Pineiro will be eligible to return from IR this week, coach Matt Nagy suggested Wednesday that the 25-year-old is unlikely to be ready to kick by Sunday. Santos is thus on track to retain the kicking job for a fourth straight game, but he could surrender the gig to Pineiro as soon as Week 5.
The Bears will sign Santos to their 53-man roster Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. After Eddy Pineiro (groin) was placed on injured reserve Sept. 8, Santos was elevated from the practice squad a few days later to serve as the Bears' kicker Week 1. He got the job done in Chicago's 27-23 win over the Lions, converting on field goals of 35 and 28 yards while nailing all three of his extra-point attempts. Barring a disastrous performance Week 2 versus the Giants, Santos should remain Chicago's kicker for at least two more games before the Bears decide whether to proceed with him or Pineiro (if healthy) beyond Week 3.
Santos reverted to the Bears' practice squad. Santos was impressive in Week 1, as he connected on two field goals -- both from fewer than 40 yards -- and all three extra-point attempts. With Eddy Pineiro (groin) set to miss the next two games, Santos will be elevated ahead of Week 2's matchup against the Giants.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/26||@Los Angeles Rams||6||6.00|
|8||11/01||New Orleans Saints||11||7.00|
|12||11/29||@Green Bay Packers||9||6.67|
|17||01/03||Green Bay Packers||9||6.67|