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Drew Butler released, leaving Bears’ punter battle down to Pat O’Donnell and Tress Way
The Bears’ three-man punting battle was whittled to two Sunday.
Drew Butler, the son of Bears placekicking legend Kevin, was released by the team, sources confirmed to the Sun-Times.
It wasn’t much of a surprise: once the Bears selected Pat O’Donnell in the sixth round eight days ago, he became the prohibitive favorite to win the job. And the Bears were unlikely to carry three punters into training camp. Instead, the Miami rookie and lefty Tress Way will battle for the job.
On Twitter, Kevin Butler was non-plussed, writing: “It’s pat’s job — competition was just released. It’s called protecting your draft pick and ego.”
The move allows Butler, who punted for the Steelers in 2012, to look for work while teams continue to form their rosters.
The Bears’ rookie mini-camp, which ended Sunday, benefited O’Donnell, the clear-cut favorite to win the job. Placekicker Robbie Gould, he said, was a valuable resource.
“Just learning from him would be a great opportunity for the future for me,” he said. “And I know it’s a big challenge playing here in Chicago at times. But I’m looking forward to it. …
“Moving forward I’m just looking forward to working with Robbie, like I said before, and the veterans to guide me and show me how to be a real pro. I’m looking forward to that.”
O’Donnell, who has college experience as a holder, said holding for Gould is “not going to be too big of a challenge,” were he to make the team.
“He’s a veteran, so he’s going to tell me exactly how he likes it held,” he said. “So I’m going to be guided in the right direction.”