Monday, August 27, 2012
Quigley to punt in preseason finale
By Jeff Dickerson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Rookie punter Ryan Quigley showed the Bears enough in the third preseason game to earn himself another opportunity to try and nail down the team's starting job if a left hip flexor injury forces veteran Adam Podlesh to miss any regular season games.
Quigley will again handle punting duties in Thursday's night preseason finale in Cleveland after he performed admirably last week on the road against the New York Giants, according to Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub.
"He's our guy," Toub said. "He's our punter. He's the only one we have left. We're counting on him."
Toub said Quigley exceeded his expectations last week when he punted seven times for an average of 43.6 yards. The undrafted rookie also dropped the ball inside the 20-yard line on three separate occasions and had a long punt of 50 yards.
"He had a great game," Toub said. "He did a really good job. We just allowed him to punt it away. He relaxed and carried over what we've seen in practice on to the field. The first two games, not so good, the third game he was really good."
There is a chance, however, the Bears could still go in another direction if for whatever reason Quigley falters. Spencer Lanning, who was with the Bears last summer in training camp, was waived by Browns over the weekend. The Bears also brought in Matt Dodge for a tryout last week and could be inclined to explore other experienced options if Podlesh remains sidelined when the regular season begins next week.