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Under Center Podcast: Takeaways from Week 1 of OTAs

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Under Center Podcast: Takeaways from Week 1 of OTAs

JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis dive into a few interesting developments from OTAs at Halas Hall on Wednesday, including Bradley Sowell’s position change (0:30) and Leonard Floyd’s upside (5:30). Plus, hear from Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix about how the ‘Bama safety pair came to be re-united in Chicago (12:30). 

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Bears release kicker Elliott Fry

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Bears release kicker Elliott Fry

For now, Eddy Pineiro is the last man standing.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced Sunday that the team released kicker Elliott Fry after two preseason games.

The former AAF kicker went 1-for-2 on field goals in the preseason, hitting from 43 and missing from 47. He hit both of the Bears’ extra point attempts.

Pineiro missed from 48 yards in the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, but hit from 41 yards against the New York Giants and is 3-for-4 overall. He hasn’t attempted an extra point yet.

Each kicker also attempted three kickoffs in the first two games. According to Pro Football Focus, Pineiro averaged one more yard per kickoff with a longer average hangtime. All three of Fry’s kickoffs were returned, while Pineiro had one touchback.

The Bears invested a seventh-round pick to trade for Pineiro, and now he has two more weeks to prove he was worth the deal.

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In the meantime, Ryan Pace will keep his eye on the other kickers around the league with the option to reignite the kicker competition in Chicago at any time.

Former Bears RB Cedric Benson dies in overnight motorcycle accident

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Former Bears RB Cedric Benson dies in overnight motorcycle accident

Former Bears fourth-overall pick Cedric Benson passed away Saturday night at the age of 36.

His friends and family have confirmed to various reporters that the former running back was involved in a motorcycle accident near Austin, Texas.

Benson spent his first three seasons in Chicago after a prolific college career at the University of Texas.

He unseated Bears veteran Thomas Jones following the team’s trip to the Super Bowl in 2006, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury 11 games into his only season as the full-time starter.

Chicago released him in the 2008 offseason after a pair of arrests, but he got his career back on track for four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Benson finished his career with the Green Bay Packers in 2012, playing five games before a Lisfranc injury ended his season and ultimately his career.

Some of Benson’s former Bears teammates took to social media to react to the tragedy.

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