As SBNation reminded readers, Barth signed with the Bears prior to the 2016 season and was behind the eight-ball the minute he donned a navy blue and burnt orange jersey. He was replacing the Bears' all-time leading scorer, Robbie Gould, and the pressure involved was a likely factor in Barth's rough start to 2016. Barth missed his very first kick and proceeded to make only five of eight attempts (62.5 percent) through Week 5. However, from Week 6 through Week 14, he only missed one kick and was 12 of 13 overall. By the end of the year, he had a career-low, but still respectable, 78.3 percent field goal percentage. But Barth has struggled from 50 yards or longer throughout his NFL career (his success rate from that distance is just 60.7 percent) and Chicago added undrafted free agent Andy Phillips to compete with Barth during training camp. Given the combination of strong Chicago winds and a weak offense, it is not a surprise that some view Phillips as the favorite to win the kicking job in the preseason.