Do not be surprised if the Bears make a move to bring back punter Zac Atterberry.
They have been looking for a punter to bring to training camp and Atterberry was released Thursday by the Washington Redskins. He's a name that is sure to come up in conversations at Halas Hall based on how the team felt about him last season. Atterberry won a roster spot in a tryout of sorts last spring and went to training camp where he performed well.
Special teams coordinator Dave Toub liked him enough, or trusted him enough that Atterberry was brought back to the practice squad on Oct. 7. That wasn't to see how Atterberry had been in the six-plus weeks since he had been cut at the end of preseason. The Bears were concerned an undisclosed injury might prevent Brad Maynard from playing that week at Atlanta. The veteran turned out to be fine and Atterberry was let go after four days.
The Bears had two punters--Ball State's Chris Miller and Miami, Ohio's Jake Richardson in on a tryout basis for rookie minicamp last weekend. Neither looked to be particularly consistent and the Bears have not signed any of the 25 players that were in for a tryout.
At some point, the club will look to sign a leg for camp. If Atterberry doesn't find a situation that offers a more legitimate shot at a job, he could return.