Two days after struggling during the team’s family fest, rookie kicker Andy Phillips was waived by the Bears.
With the open roster spot, the team signed the 28-year-old Alton Howard, a 5-7, 184 pound, receiver who played at Tennessee to 2012-2015. Before taking up football, Howard was an accomplished skier
Late last week, Bears special teams coach Jeff Rodgers praised the work ethic of Phillips, who was a star at Utah.
“He’s a little bit older, a little bit more mature than some of the rookies in the business with him, despite the haircut he’s rocking right now,” Rodgers said. “It’s really important to him.”
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