The Bears signed Santos to a five-year, $16 million extension Thursday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Chicago spent a number of seasons searching for reliable placekicking before bringing in Santos last year, so it's unsurprising to see the team lock him up long-term. Santos was fantastic through 16 regular-season games in 2020, converting 30 of 32 field-goal tries and 36 of 37 extra-point attempts. The veteran kicker also made his only field-goal attempt during Chicago's playoff loss to the Saints.
Mar 11, 2021 4:19 PM EST
Santos converted his only field-goal attempt in Chicago's 21-3 loss to the Saints in the wild-card round.
Analysis: Santos connected on his field goal in the second quarter and didn't see the field again as the Bears struggled to score points in a tough matchup. The veteran kicker was successful on 30 of 32 field-goal attempts while converting 35 of 36 extra-point attempts during the regular season, and although he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, it's quite possible the Bears re-sign him.
Jan 10, 2021 5:01 PM EST
Santos converted three field goals and an extra point in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Santos proved to be a reliable kicking option for a Chicago franchise that has had struggles at the position over the years. The veteran kicker was successful on 30 of 32 field-goal attempts while converting 35 of 36 extra-point attempts, and although he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the Bears finish the playoffs, it's quite possible that the team re-signs him.
Jan 3, 2021 6:36 PM EST
Santos converted both of his field-goal attempts while adding five extra points in Chicago's 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: Santos hasn't missed a field-goal attempt since Week 3, and although he's been an inconsistent fantasy option, he's posted double digits in each of his last three games, making him a potential streaming option in Week 17 against the Packers.
Dec 27, 2020 2:39 PM EST
Santos converted four field goals and three extra points in Chicago's 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: With the Chicago offense moving the ball at will, Santos had more than two field-goal attempts for just the third time this season, resulting in him scoring four more points that he's had in any other game this season. Although this is just the second time in six games that he surpassed seven points, he could have significant upside in Week 16 against a Jaguars defense that's among the worst in the NFL.
Dec 20, 2020 2:28 PM EST
Santos converted two field goals while making all four extra-point attempts in the Bears' 36-7 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Analysis: This was the first time in five games that Santos scored more than seven points, and he'll remain a difficult player to trust for upside in the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 13, 2020 2:39 PM EST
Santos made his only field-goal attempt while making three of four extra-point conversions in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
Analysis: Santos has failed to surpass seven points in any of his last four games, making him a risky lineup option during the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 6, 2020 2:49 PM EST
Santos connected on his only field-goal attempt in the Bears' 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Santos converted his field-goal on the first drive of the game, but he was only provided with a pair of extra-point attempts the rest of the way. Although he's had a couple big games this season, he's been held to seven points or fewer in four of his last five games, making him a risky option in weekly fantasy lineups.
Nov 29, 2020 8:55 PM EST
Santos made a pair of field goals in Chicago's 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Monday.
Analysis: Santos connected on a pair of field goals from less than 45 yards away in the first half, but after converting an extra point after the Bears returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, he wasn't given another opportunity to increase his scoring total. He's now been held to fewer than eight points in three of his last four games, making him an underwhelming weekly fantasy option.
Nov 16, 2020 8:57 PM EST
Santos converted a field goal and two extra-point attempts in the Bears' 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
Analysis: With Chicago's offensive line missing multiple starters, the team struggled to consistently move the football, resulting in a poor fantasy line for Santos. Although he's had a pair of strong performances over the past four weeks, he's been held to five points or fewer in four of his last eight games, making him a difficult player to trust in weekly lineups.
Nov 8, 2020 2:58 PM EST
Santos connected on all three of his field-goal attempts in Chicago's 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Santos drilled a field-goal at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime while tying his season high with 11 points. Although he's posted at least eight points in three of his last four games, he also has a pair of performances with fewer than five points, making him an inconsistent fantasy option with a low scoring floor.
Nov 1, 2020 6:18 PM EST
Santos connected on a 42-yard field goal in Chicago's 24-10 loss to the Rams on Monday.
Analysis: In a game the Bears struggled to move the ball against the Rams, Santos had a quiet night, though he made his only field-goal attempt of the contest. After scoring 19 points over his previous two games, Santos reverted to the low scoring floor he had shown over the first three games of the season. He'll likely be an erratic fantasy option, especially since he kicks for an inconsistent offense.
Oct 26, 2020 8:26 PM EST
Santos converted each of his three field-goal attempts in Chicago's 23-16 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Not only did Santos convert all of his kicks, but he also nailed his first kick of over 50 yards this season, leading to an 11-point performance, which was his best game of the campaign. Although he averaged fewer than five points per game over the first three contests, he's had a pair of strong performances in a row, and he may now be considered as a potential streaming option.
Oct 18, 2020 2:31 PM EST
Santos made a pair of field goals in the Bears' 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers on Thursday.
Analysis: Santos hit a 38-yard field goal with a little more than a minute left to give the Bears the win. However, he's averaging just five points per game and he's a low-upside fantasy option.
Oct 8, 2020 9:00 PM EST
Santos made his only field-goal attempt in Chicago's 19-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
Analysis: Even though Eddie Pineiro was eligible to return from injured reserve this week, Santos continued to serve as the Bears' kicker, but with only 14 points over the last three weeks, he'll continue to be a low-floor fantasy option while he retains the job.
Oct 4, 2020 6:00 PM EST
Santos is expected to remain the Bears' kicker for Sunday's game against the Colts, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After Eddy Pineiro (groin) was placed on injured reserve shortly before the season opener, Santos has kicked in each of the Bears' first three games, converting on four of six field-goal tries and eight of eight extra-point attempts. Though Pineiro will be eligible to return from IR this week, coach Matt Nagy suggested Wednesday that the 25-year-old is unlikely to be ready to kick by Sunday. Santos is thus on track to retain the kicking job for a fourth straight game, but he could surrender the gig to Pineiro as soon as Week 5.
Oct 1, 2020 10:49 AM EST
Santos made one of two field-goal attempts in Chicago's 30-26 victory over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: For the second week in a row, Santos missed a field-goal attempt, and it's unlikely that he'll stand in the way of teammate Eddie Piniero (groin) taking back his roster spot when Pineiro's ready to return from the injured reserve. Although Pineiro is eligible to return next week, there's been no word as to when the team will be faced with a roster decision.
Sep 27, 2020 3:38 PM EST
Santos connected on one of two field-goal attempts in Chicago 17-13 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: After posting an impressive nine points in the season opener, the missed field-goal by Santos resulted in him posting a disappointing fantasy performance. It's possible that next week could be his last game with the Bears if Eddie Pineiro (groin) is activated from injured reserve.
Sep 20, 2020 3:55 PM EST
The Bears will sign Santos to their 53-man roster Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: After Eddy Pineiro (groin) was placed on injured reserve Sept. 8, Santos was elevated from the practice squad a few days later to serve as the Bears' kicker Week 1. He got the job done in Chicago's 27-23 win over the Lions, converting on field goals of 35 and 28 yards while nailing all three of his extra-point attempts. Barring a disastrous performance Week 2 versus the Giants, Santos should remain Chicago's kicker for at least two more games before the Bears decide whether to proceed with him or Pineiro (if healthy) beyond Week 3.
Sep 16, 2020 6:24 AM EST
Santos reverted to the Bears' practice squad.
Analysis: Santos was impressive in Week 1, as he connected on two field goals -- both from fewer than 40 yards -- and all three extra-point attempts. With Eddy Pineiro (groin) set to miss the next two games, Santos will be elevated ahead of Week 2's matchup against the Giants.
Sep 15, 2020 11:57 AM EST
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