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Bears 'edgy' when Round 2 of NFL Draft starts?

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Bears 'edgy' when Round 2 of NFL Draft starts?

John Fox began drafts in his two previous stops by addressing the pass rush for Carolina and Denver teams in sore need of just that.

The Bears team he inherits isn't far behind, especially considering the 3-4 base defense they'll operate out of. Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young have little, if no experience rushing out of a two-point stance, where they've been slotted at outside linebacker on the roster. Top free agent prize Pernell McPhee is more of a chess piece to move around where needed.

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But after drafting wide receiver Kevin White to fill one need in Round 1 Thursday, that spot screams for attention when Round 2 begins Friday evening. Dante Fowler was the only candidate for that role drafted prior to White, while Clemson's Vic Beasley was chosen by Atlanta on the next pick. But the only other edge rushers chosen came back-to-back, 22nd and 23rd, when Pittsburgh went with Kentucky's Bud DuPree and Fox's ex-team, Denver, traded up with Detroit with the Shane Ray roll-of-the-dice.

Ray was cited for marijuana possession Monday morning following questions about the severity of a turf toe condition which could possibly require surgery.

The positive marijuana test/admission by super-talented Randy Gregory of Nebraska has kept him waiting until today. Is that a sufficient penalty and wake-up call for general manager Ryan Pace to invest in the 39th overall pick tonight, provided he's still there? Or would he go with the more under-the-radar Nate Orchard of Utah, a former wide receiver without the issues? Virginia's Eli Harrold is also still around. Hau'oli Kikaha of Washington might be also. Scheme-versatile defensive ends Henry Anderson of Stanford and Arkansas' Trey Flowers are still on the board, as well.

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If nose/defensive tackle's a priority, Oklahoma's Jordan Phillips, Florida State's Eddie Goldman, and Carl Davis of Iowa are still playing the waiting game.

Safeties Landon Collins — once seemingly a top-15 choice — is waiting until Day 2, as is rising Utah prospect Eric Rowe, among others in a position where the Bears have just four players.

There remains quality at running back and inside linebacker heading into the weekend, the former seemingly holding a greater priority than the latter, especially when looking to add between-the-tackles size to the backfield.

Bears fans go wild for Eddy Pineiro's last-second game-winning field goal in Denver

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Bears fans go wild for Eddy Pineiro's last-second game-winning field goal in Denver

The Bears won in one of the most chaotic endings in recent memory. It all got capped off with a 53-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro with a second left.


After double-doink ended the Bears’ season last year, Pineiro quickly won the hearts and minds of Bears fans. As with any big moment, there was plenty of reaction on social media.


For what it's worth, Eddy Street is a street on the North Side of Chicago. Maybe a Pineiro Drive? OK, maybe not until he does it in the playoffs.

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WATCH: Eddy Pineiro blasts game-winning 53-yard FG vs. Broncos

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WATCH: Eddy Pineiro blasts game-winning 53-yard FG vs. Broncos

The Chicago Bears kicker competition was the storyline that followed this team all summer after Cody Parkey's double-doink sent the Bears packing in last year's wild-card game against the Eagles.

Parkey was sent packing, the Bears were left searching for his replacement.

Eddy Pineiro ultimately won the battle, and in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, he won the game.

Check out this 53-yard strike to put the Bears ahead, 16-14, as time expired:

Pineiro connected on all three of his attempts Sunday, including two from beyond 50 yards. 

The Bears have a kicker. And after Week 2, he may just be one of the best young legs in the NFL.

 

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