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Clark gets seasoning, Maynard says

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Punter Brad Maynard had a rough night, getting a punt blocked and averaging a modest 39.5 yards per punt.

Much of the issues for Maynard and kicker Robbie Gould (botched extra point) can be attributed to the absence of long-time long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who injured his shoulder in the preseason opener.

"He settled down," Maynard said of backup long snapper Desmond Clark. "It's good for him to get experience. Snapping is hard. Patrick Mannelly makes it look so easy.

"We take him for granted. But we got to have a guy to do it, if something happens. I'm still confident in Dez."

During the regular season, Mannelly would have played, or the Bears would have signed a temporary long snapper. But, the Bears wanted to get Clark the work.

Asked what went wrong early, Clark said, "Just trying to be perfect.

"Trying to do it, just right, and not mess up."

So what happened in the second half?

"I just said screw it. Just get the ball back there."

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Dez that was brutal to watch. Well at least one thing we go to see is that Robbie Gould can throw the ball and pretty good. Gotta give Gould some props on that because that could have been a very bad play.

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