After being released by the Indianapolis Colts, the former Florida Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro integrated into a new team. Pinero was signed with the Washington football team’s training squad, by a statement from the team.
Pineiro, who recently played for the Chicago Bears in 2019 but did not play in 2020, will not be on the regular season roster to start the 2021 season. But, he will have a chance to kick in. if called.
Pineiro was injured last year, suffering from a groin injury. His last action came in 2019 with the Bears, ending the season 23 of 28 on field goal attempts and 27 of 29 on extra points. His longest goal this season was 53 yards.
Pineiro initially signed with Florida Atlantic during his college career to play football, but due to academic issues he did not attend school. Eventually he switched to soccer and tried out the Florida Gators, making the team and playing in 2016 and 2017.
In his senior year in Florida, Pineiro made 17 of 18 placement attempts and his overall conversion rate of 88.4% is the No. 1 in school history. He also has the second longest scoring streak in school history with 16.
As for Washington this year, they roll with Ryan fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. The defending NFC East champions are looking to repeat and return to the playoffs.
Entering his 17th professional season with his ninth different team at 38, Fitzpatrick is set to become Washington’s fourth different starting quarterback for the season opener in the past four years. After parting ways with the former first-round pick Dwayne HaskinsWashington has made a point of finding stability in the quarterback position and believes the team has found a viable solution by signing mate Fitzpatrick during the offseason.
“The most important thing with this attack is that we are able to get the ball around to everyone and get everyone involved. It will be a tough attack to defend just because of all the pieces we have, ”Fitzpatrick said of what to expect from the Washington offensive, via JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler of NBCSportsWashington.com.
Fitzpatrick started seven games last season for the Miami Dolphins and appeared in two more, coming off the bench in relief for Tua Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick was 4-3 as a starter and completed 68.5% of his passes for 2,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight forward interceptions. Brian Flores and the front office went full-time recruit.
During his career, Fitzpatrick played 165 games (146 starts) in 16 seasons from 2005 to 2020. He went 59-86-1 as a starter and completed 60.7% of his passes for 34,977 yards with 223 touchdowns for 169 interceptions while adding 2,621 rushing yards and 21 rushing scores.
Washington is scheduled to open the season at home against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, September 12 at 1 p.m. ET.
Alex Seats contributed to this report.