INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts have added competition for Rodrigo Blankenship.
The team signed veteran placekicker Eddy Pinerio to a one-year contract, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. ESPN was first to report the deal.
Pineiro, 25, was the Chicago Bears’ kicker in 2019 before missing last season with a groin injury suffered in training camp. He converted 23-of-28 field goal attempts with a long of 53 and 27-of-29 PATs.
Pineiro represents offseason/training camp competition for Blankenship.
After making the roster as an undrafted rookie last year, Blankenship enjoyed a productive first season. He set a Colts’ rookie record with 139 points, which was fifth in the NFL. Blankenship also set a team rookie record with 37 attempts.
Blankenship knocked down 32-of-37 attempts (86.5%), but also bounced four of his five misses either off the uprights or the crossbar. One of his misses was a 30-yarder off the left upright in the opening loss at Jacksonville.
Then in the 27-24 first-round playoff loss at Buffalo, Blankenship ricocheted a 33-yard attempt off the uprights in the third quarter.
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