Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
The recent trade with the Jaguars to get Nick Foles leaves the Bears with seven picks in this year's draft, correct? Can you please provide a reminder about when they pick and the other trades they've made involving 2020 draft picks?
Yes, the Bears have seven picks in the upcoming draft. Their first two selections will be Nos. 43 and 50 overall in the second round. The No. 43 choice is one they received from the Raiders in the Khalil Mack trade. The Bears also have their own picks in the fifth (No. 163), sixth (No. 196) and seventh rounds (No. 233) as well as a sixth-rounder (No. 200) they received from the Eagles in exchange for running back Jordan Howard and a seventh-rounder (No. 226) from the Raiders in the Mack deal. The Bears included their first- and third-round picks in the Mack trade and dealt their fourth-round choice to the Patriots to move up to select running back David Montgomery in the third round of the 2019 draft.
Was Mirro Roder the Bears' first soccer-style kicker?
Yes, Mirro Roder was the Bears' first soccer-style kicker. He appeared in 27 games over two seasons in 1973-74 and made 17 of 29 field-goal attempts (58.6 percent). Roder was also the first Czechoslovakian-born player in the NFL. Every Bears kicker that followed Roder has used the soccer-style technique. The Bears' last "straight-on" kicker was Mac Percival, who spent seven seasons with the team, from 1967-73. Pro football's first soccer-style kicker was Pete Gogolak, who debuted with the AFL's Buffalo Bills in 1964 and later joined the NFL's New York Giants in 1966. By 1977, half of the NFL teams used soccer-style kickers. In 1986, the league's last full-time straight-on kicker, Mark Moseley, played his final season. Since then, the only straight-on kicker to play in the NFL has been Dirk Borgognone, who appeared in two games with the Packers in 1995.
Whatever happened to the outside linebacker from Canada the Bears signed last year as an undrafted rookie?
Outside linebacker Mathieu Betts signed with the Bears last April as an undrafted free agent from Laval University in Quebec City and remained with the team until he was waived Aug. 31 as part of final cuts. Betts then returned to Canada, joining the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos, who had selected him with the third pick in the league's draft. Interestingly, Betts was chosen in the CFL draft while he was attending a Bears meeting at Halas Hall. He recorded a sack and forced fumble in his first game with the Eskimos last Sept. 20 and finished the season with two sacks while playing in six contests with one start.