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Ex-Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt still standing in Chicago Bears kicker competition

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Former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt was signed by the Chicago Bears in March after setting himself apart during a group tryout at the team’s practice facility. And after taking part in a rookie minicamp that concluded Sunday, Blewitt emerged as one of the top two kickers on the team. The bottom two, John Baron and Redford Jones, were cut, leaving only Elliott Fry between Blewitt and a roster spot.

The Bears are in desperate need of a kicker, and particularly a clutch kicker, after parting ways with Cody Parkey on March 13. Parkey missed what would have been a game-winning 43-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the NFC Wild Card Game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who won by a score of 16-15.

Blewitt previously took part in a rookie minicamp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017, but he has no other NFL experience. However, he won a field goal competition in Phoenix a month before his tryout with the Bears. The competition involved almost 100 draft-eligible specialists and free agents and was organized by Kohl’s Football Kicking and Punting Camps.

Blewitt played for Pitt between 2013 and 2016 and became the Panthers’ all-time leader in made fields goals and extra points, with 55 and 198, respectively. He converted on 69.6 percent of his field goals and 97.1 percent of his extra points during his collegiate career, and his most notable moment in blue and gold came in the 2016 upset of Clemson, when he made the game-winning field goal from 48 yards out.