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September 17, 2020 09:04 PM
Cairo Santos: Rejoining 53-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 15, 2020 03:00 PM
Cairo Santos: Bumps back to practice sqaud
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2020 05:56 PM
Bears' Cairo Santos: Productive performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos converted two field goals and three extra points in Chicago's 27-23 victory over the Lions on Sunday.

With Eddie Pineiro on the injured reserve through at least Week 3, Santos took advantage of his opportunity with a perfect afternoon that resulted in nine points. With the likelihood that Chicago will be a low-scoring offense, Santos could have a very low-scoring floor in any given week, making him a risky fantasy option.

September 13, 2020 02:48 AM
Bears' Cairo Santos: Roster formality complete
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos was signed by the Bears on Saturday.

The Bears waited until Saturday to complete the roster transaction, but it was already reported earlier this week Santos would replace injured starter Eddy Pineiro (groin) as the starting kicker for Week 1. Santos presumably would have the job until Pineiro returns from injured reserve, but the Bears could explore other options should their veteran kicker struggle to begin 2020.

September 9, 2020 02:04 PM
Cairo Santos: Locked in as Week 1 kicker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Santos will serve as Chicago's kicker in Sunday's season opener against Detroit, Jeff Dickerson of reports.

The Bears have not yet promoted Santos from the practice squad, but it's only a matter of time before such a move is made. Eddy Pineiro (groin) won the starting job during training camp but is poised to spend a minimum of three weeks on injured reserve, which sets the stage for Santos to begin the season with at least a three-game window to showcase his abilities. Of course, if Santos struggles Week 1, the Bears could explore other options.

September 8, 2020 02:44 PM
Cairo Santos: Likely to kick for Chicago in Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bears are expected to promote Santos from their practice squad to serve as their kicker in Sunday's season opener versus the Lions, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Though he lost out in his job battle with Eddy Pineiro (groin) during training camp, Santos is poised to begin the season as Chicago's kicker after Pineiro was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. In accordance with the NFL's new IR rules, Pineiro will be sidelined for at least the Bears' first three games, so Santos should have all of September to stake his claim to keeping the job, or impressing enough to earn another opportunity with another team. The Bears may wait and see if any other kickers hit the open market over the next few days before formally adding Santos to the 53-man roster.

September 6, 2020 05:40 PM
Cairo Santos: Remains on standby in Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos signed with the Bears' practice squad Sunday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Santos lost the kicking battle to Eddy Pineiro, but he'll stick with the team as the backup. The Bears have a history of inconsistent kickers, and with the uncertainty of the pandemic, Santos is on standby in case Pineiro can't go. Santos played in five games for the Titans last season and made four of nine field goals and all 12 extra-point attempts.

September 6, 2020 02:28 AM
Cairo Santos: Unable to make final team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bears are expected to release Santos on Saturday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Chicago's kicking situation remains tumultuous, with Eddy Pineiro (groin) still up in the air for Week 1, so a potential reunion with Santos can't be ruled out. Finley notes that the Bears could consider carrying two kickers on the active roster in addition to another on the practice squad. If the Bears hope to stash Pineiro on injured reserve and bring back Santos during the interim, the team would need to wait until Monday before making such a move.

August 27, 2020 02:20 AM
Bears' Cairo Santos: Expected to stay in Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Matt Nagy relayed that the team may roster both Santos and Eddy Pineiro (groin) in 2020, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Nagy didn't mention whether that meant both would be on the 53-man roster or if one would stay on the practice squad, but it's reasonable to believe both could be possibilities. However, Pineiro is expected to be the No. 1 kicker if he's healthy to start the year, but a few errant kicks by Pineiro could change that quickly.

August 23, 2020 10:48 AM
Bears' Cairo Santos: Set to join Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos is slated to sign with the Bears, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Once Santos -- who kicked in five games with the Titans last year -- clears the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, he'll be able to join the Bears, who he played for in 2017. He'll presumably then have a chance to compete with Eddy Pineiro, who has been dealing with a groin injury of late, per Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.

October 7, 2019 05:00 PM
Cairo Santos: Let go by Tennessee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Titans released Santos on Monday.

Santos missed all four of his field-goal tries during Sunday's loss to the Bills, and the disastrous day ultimately cost the veteran his roster spot. With Ryan Succop (knee) not eligible to return until Week 8, expect the Titans to sign an interim kicker in the near future.

October 7, 2019 03:08 PM
Titans' Cairo Santos: Costly misses
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos missed all four of his field-goal attempts in Week 5 against Buffalo. He did convert his lone extra-point attempt.

Santos had a disastrous day and cost the Titans a chance at victory. Two of his kicks came from 50 and 53 yards, making them a bit more excusable. On the other hand, he also missed a 36-yard attempt and had another 33-yard effort blocked. Overall, it was a disastrous day for Santos, who may now be on the hot seat while filling in for the injured Ryan Succop (knee).

September 29, 2019 07:08 PM
Titans' Cairo Santos: Hits 45-yard attempt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos made his lone field-goal attempt and made all three of his extra-point tries in Week 4 against Atlanta.

Santos connected on a 45-yard field goal with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter to put the Titans up 17-7. He's now 3-for-4 on attempts from 40 or more yards away and also remains perfect on extra-point tries. While he missed a costly kick in Week 2 against the Colts, Santos has otherwise performed admirably in Ryan Succop's (knee) absence.

September 24, 2019 07:40 PM
Titans' Cairo Santos: Logs one point
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos made his lone extra-point try but did not attempt a field goal in Week 3's 20-7 loss to the Jaguars.

Santos has converted 11 of 12 kicks for the Titans through three games, but has seen his point total decline each week. He'll hope the offense can give him more scoring opportunities against the Falcons this Sunday.

September 16, 2019 12:32 AM
Titans' Cairo Santos: Misses first field goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos made of one of his two field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in Week 2 against Indianapolis.

While Santos made the majority of his kicks on the day, his missed field goal was very costly. With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he was called upon to convert a 45-yard field goal to put the Titans up seven, however, he pushed the kick wide left -- ultimately allowing Indianapolis to take the lead late in the game. Nevertheless, he's made three of his four field-goal attempts for the season and is perfect in converting seven extra points.

September 9, 2019 09:28 AM
Titans' Cairo Santos: Fills in capably
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos was perfect in his team debut, connecting on two field-goal attempts as well as all five of his extra-point attempts.

Santos made his team-debut after Ryan Succop (knee) was forced to injured reserve late in the preseason. He quickly made a good impression, drilling field goals from 37 and 53 yards out while the game was still competitive. Given the performance, he should continue to serve as the team's kicker in Week 2 against the Colts.

September 5, 2019 03:08 PM
Titans' Cairo Santos: Replacing injured Succop
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos agreed to a contract Wednesday with the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Santos didn't take long to find work elsewhere after he lost a preseason kicking battle to Matt Gay in Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old now takes over in Tennessee for Ryan Succop (knee), who will be placed on injured reserve. Succop averaged just 26.8 field-goal attempts and 32.5 point-after tries over the past five seasons, despite playing 16 games each year. Apart from 2016, the Titans offense has been league-average or worse for the past decade.

September 1, 2019 07:12 PM
Cairo Santos: Cut by Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Santos lost the kicking battle to Matt Gay in Tampa Bay. Santos has bounced around the past few seasons, kicking for four teams the past two seasons. He's 18-for-23 on field goals and 36-for-37 on extra-point attempts over that span. He may get a look from teams that have kicking troubles or injuries to the position during the year.

August 30, 2019 08:52 PM
Buccaneers' Cairo Santos: Single kick attempt in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos converted his only kick attempt, an extra-point try, in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

Santos once again missed out on showing what he could do on a long field-goal attempt, closing out his competition with rookie Matt Gay with a whimper by only having a chance to try a 23-yard field goal and Thursday's extra-point try over the last two exhibitions. Gay seems like a virtual lock for a roster spot following his excellent summer, although Jenna Laine of reports that at one point it was believed the Buccaneers might opt to keep both Santos and Gay on the initial 53-man roster. Meanwhile, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Gay getting the call for Thursday's 53-yard attempt, which he converted, was actually an error. "I really wanted Cairo to get that kick," coach Bruce Arians said."I was really (ticked) because he was supposed to get that kick because he got 55-(yards) in pre-game. I wanted him to get his shot at the long one and we kind of messed that up on the sideline".

August 24, 2019 07:44 PM
Buccaneers' Cairo Santos: Makes most of opportunities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santos drilled a 23-yard field goal, his only kick attempt, in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday.

Santos was solely limited to a 23-yard field-goal try for the second straight exhibition, and as he did versus the Dolphins in the second preseason game, he was successful on the kick. The veteran did see Matt Gay make a game-winning attempt for the second consecutive week as well, and the rookie appears to have a slight edge in their heated job battle based on the opportunities he's been afforded. Santos will presumably have one more chance to make his case in Thursday's exhibition finale against the Cowboys, a game in which he'll likely take the first 40-yard-plus attempt, which he was slated to do Friday had a try of that distance materialized.

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