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Getting their kicks: Bears to put punters through workout

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The Bears have been able to find a quarterback, left tackle, left guard and strong-side linebacker with more ease than their search for a camp leg.

That hunt will continue today at Halas Hall as three punters will be in for a workout during the OTA. One of them is a familiar face--Zac Atterberry. He was the camp leg the Bears used last summer at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., and he performed well during the preseason. If familiarity is worth anything, perhaps he will have an edge over Louie Sakoda and Sean Douglas.

Atterberry averaged 41.5 yards on 10 punts during preseason and his net average of 39.5 ranked 11th in the league. The Bears trusted him enough that they brought him back on the practice squad in the week leading up to the Oct. 12 game at Atlanta because there was concern Brad Maynard would be out with an injury. Maynard turned out to be fine and Atterberry went on his way. Since, Atterberry has spent time on Washington's roster and he had a workout with Indianapolis last month.

Beating out the 13-year Maynard isn't the easiest way to make an NFL roster.

"Where I am at right now, I just need Zac in a camp,'' agent Rob Sheets said. ``Whether it's in Chicago, Indy, Washington or Tuscaloosa, I need him in an NFL camp and let the cards fall where they may. Zac's good enough to play in this league.''

Sakoda is an intriguing prospect because he was an All-American punter and kicker at Utah. Projected as one of the top kickers in the draft, he was not selected. He spent time in minicamp in San Diego. Sakoda is an interesting possibility because he has the ability to punt and kick, but the key is spelling Maynard from time to time. Back and hamstring injuries have plagued him in the past. Agent Jeff Nalley said Douglas, a University of Washington product who spent time last year with Tampa Bay and St. Louis, is also in the mix.

The Bears have 80 players on their roster although only 78 count against the 80-man limit right now because third-round picks Jarron Gilbert and Juaquin Iglesias are unsigned. If they choose to sign one of these punters, they will have to clear a spot as Gilbert and Iglesias are expected to be signed in the coming weeks if not sooner.

Maynard is coming off one of his finest seasons. He led the league and set a franchise record with 40 punts inside the 20-yard line. He had just five touchbacks, his fewest since he had two in 2002. His net average of 38.1 ranked 11th in the league and second in the NFC, a strong showing considering how challenging Soldier Field can be to kick in.

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Hey... radio and papers here in colorado are talking about a trade to da Bears involving Brandon Marshall. Any insight on this????

All I seen on that was on ESPN they had it on the rumors page. Didnt read it because I'm not an insider. I wouldnt be suprised if it happened! Think about it? McDainels is an idiot and I think he's a very his way or the highway guy. Marshall has trouble lingering from a phyco x girlfriend ands getting smashed pretty hard over it. The Broncos are definetly in a rebuilding mode, and I think no matter what Marshalls gone next year. I wouldnt be suprised 1 bit if the Bears get him in the next 2 or 3 months. It might be in the beginning of the season. They also have an artical on the dabearsblog.com check it out

Louie Sakoda is very good and would be a good addition to the team.

Shaun said "I wouldnt be suprised 1 bit if the Bears get him in the next 2 or 3 months."

From your lips to Gods ears! To have Cutler throw to somebody he's already somewhat familiar with would be a great improvement.
Go Bears!

You'll have to forgive Ish. He recently emerged from a 5 year coma after racing parked cars at his local Walmart.

Three words Ish, EARL FRACKING BENNET!

Hey dirty Deucey Deuce Deuce the Douche,

Now seeing as to how you had this wet dream that you are knowlegible of ones pathology how about you enlighten us on what we missed last year with this tremedous fellow Earl Fracking Bennet. Not sure if that's the fellas real name, but hey who am I to judge thats why Dirty Dozen the Douche is here for, right? Bennet produced high numbers right? I mean he was terrific at the receiving, right? He was a key leader last year, eh? Especially since he played how many games? Second lets say he played the entire season, you honestly think he would have produced your delusional C. Johnson, Housh, Marve Harrison, Wayne, Fitzgerald, Boldin, etc. numbers? So how about you lay of the hallucinagens and the prejudging without the facts and proof to back you case.

That having been said. I suggest you look up the numbers produced by each player and then present your case, or as us legal professionals say: allicute you crime to society. Oy vey. Denial and lack of intelligence is an ugly thing.

"You'll have to forgive Ish. He recently emerged from a 5 year coma after racing parked cars at his local Walmart."

Dude, that has got to be like the best line EVAH!! Good stuff, man.

Ish, some advice. You look extremely butt-hurt in your um, "comeback." Maybe tone it down a bit next time even though some may choose to "dare and insult ME, the great and powerful Ish!!!"

Because if Deuce's goal was to set you off, he suceeded.

Win: DozenDeuce.

Fail: Ish.

Hey Mike, with all due respects man, (while wiping the tears from my eyes) you have truly hurt my feelings. And seeing as how you have truly turned my life around with your advice on noticing how I'm "butt-hurt", (how you know how my butt feels is beyond me, but...)I shall take your advice and bandage my "hurt butt" with it. Thank you for showing me the light, my friend. Your best friend forever, Ish. Or in your prestigious title to me "The Great and Powerful Ish". Now that is flattering but I have never turned water into wine.

Thanks.

P.S. I'm clearly going to be the bigger man here and end these immature versions of criticism and highlight that the only way to successfully criticize a peer on their topic of discussion doesn't come from a childish manner but a professional one where the opinions can in fact be heard, taken, and reflected upon. You want ot take the immature route and claim that my feelings were effected by my reaction to some immaturity than you yourself should take a deeper look into your soul and realize that there must be a better route for you to take rather than a theraputic method of belittling your adversary a technique as sophisticated, respectable, and effective as waterboarding. Now if you wish to reciprocate in the redundant and ineffective fashion that you have before, we clearly know who the bigger one is here. Truce or take care.

Ish says: "I'm clearly going to be the bigger man here and end these immature versions of criticism and highlight that the only way to successfully criticize a peer on their topic of discussion doesn't come from a childish manner but a professional one where the opinions can in fact be heard, taken, and reflected upon."

But, using my innate powers of scrolling up on a webpage, I see the following:

"Hey dirty Deucey Deuce Deuce the Douche,"

"Now seeing as to how you had this wet dream"

"thats why Dirty Dozen the Douche is here for, right?"

"So how about you lay of the hallucinagens[sic]"

Very mature, right? I'll let the readers make the call.

Oh, and why in the hell did you bring up "my soul" or "waterboarding?" This is a sports blog. How about you lay off the hallucinogens.

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