NMB’s Quigley earns start as Bears punter/placeholder

It’s not exactly the way former North Myrtle Beach punter Ryan Quigley envisioned earning a starting job in the NFL, but one man’s bad luck is another man’s opportunity.

The rookie punter with the Chicago Bears was named the starter for Friday night’s preseason game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants after regular starter Adam Podlesh went down with an injury.

Podlesh suffered a bad hip flexor injury that could force the Bears to make a roster move before the regular season. But first the Bears will give Quigley a chance to show what he can do and perhaps earn the starting role.

The undrafted rookie out of Boston College replaced Podlesh in the Bears’ last preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, when Podlesh sustained the injury while trying to make a tackle on a punt return.

Quigley made two punts for a total of 83 yards, including pinning one inside the 20-yard line. He also filled in as the placeholder for Robbie Gould’s game-winning 57-yarder with only 31 seconds remaining in the game.

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