The New York Giants continue their preseason on Friday night when they host the Chicago Bears at 7:30 p.m. ET. With that on the horizon, let’s check in with Lester Wiltfong on SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron for a “5 Questions” segment about the Bears.
Ed: Let’s get right to it. What the devil is going on with the Bears’ placekicking situation? Should they maybe just go for 2 all the time or skip field goals and go for every fourth down?
Lester: It’s not as bad as it seems, but the Bears are keeping all their options open right now. Each kicker has been hovering around 85cpercent during camp, and each have a different skill set they bring to the table. Elliott Fry is known as the accurate guy with a weak leg, while Eddy Pineiro has a booming leg but some accuracy issues. Both have been trying to get more consistent at camp, but this will likely come down to the final preseason game before a decision is made. There are a few other kicking situations the Bears are monitoring, but my guess is they stick with one of the in-house options. Who that is... I have no idea.
Ed: In New York, they are talking about improvement. In Chicago, fans are talking about Super Bowl. What would be a good season for the Bears?
Lester: Winning a playoff game would be a nice start, but honestly, this team needs to make a run and get to the NFC Championship game. They believe they have the talent and the coaching to be a contender, now they need to go out there and prove 2018 wasn’t a fluke.
Ed: Are there any veteran “bubble” players of note with the Bears who might help the Giants? Particularly as a backup on the offensive line?
Lester: The Bears are about eight deep on the offensive line, but Cornelius Lucas and Rashaad Coward are battling for the swing tackle job. If they carry nine, then both could make it, but I think they only open the year with eight and Coward or Lucas will be looking for a new team. All the other young guys seem like practice squadders to me.
Ed: Who are a couple of young players we might look for on Friday, especially later on in the game when everyone is looking for reasons to watch?
Lester: A couple backup inside linebackers have a nice battle taking place, so keep an eye on Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Josh Woods. Also, corner John Franklin III (of Last Chance U fame) has had a good offseaosn so far, but he might get caught in a numbers crunch.
Ed: It’s preseason and I’m out of good football questions, so let’s start an argument. Chicago-style pizza or New York-style pizza?
Lester: I’m the wrong guy to ask a food question, especially one about pizza. I love just about every style of pizza imaginable, but here’s a little secret, Chicago-style is actually two different styles. There’s the deep dish that most tourists go for, but the tavern style is a thin crust that is cut into squares and is delicious.