Philadelphia Eagles: The Kicker Conundrum

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers kicker Cody Parkey (36) kicks the ball out of the hold by defensive back Ryan White (19) against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers kicker Cody Parkey (36) kicks the ball out of the hold by defensive back Ryan White (19) against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are currently 15 teams besides the Philadelphia Eagles that have two kickers at camp and the Philadelphia Eagles are evaluating every option.

Although Kicker Alex Henery is an accurate kicker from inside 40 feet (15-16 last season), he has had his troubles converting from long distances. Last season, Henery missed 4/12 field goals from outside of the 40 yard-line, failing to convert on opportunities that most kickers . Last week on Friday, Alex Henery was given one opportunity and he missed badly. His 47-yard attempt in the second quarter of the game never had a chance of going in.

After the game, here is what Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly had to say about Henery performance:

You’ve got to make 47-yarders in this league.” 

Although Henery had a sub-par season last season, Henery has proved that he can make field goals from long distances during his NFL career. Prior to last season, Henery only missed one field goal from 40-49 yards in 16 attempts.

Chip Kelly still believes in Alex Henery. Here is what he had to say:

Yeah, I’m confident in Alex. But again, we’ve got to convert in games, too. I’ve been real excited with him in practice and I think he’s worked on some things with Coach in terms of placing the ball on kickoffs better and hitting things as we’ve gone through training camp, but we also have to do it in the game.”

While Henery improves different aspects of his game and the Philadelphia Eagles are exploring other options. Yesterday, Eagles acquired kicker Cody Parkey from the Colts in exchange for David Fluellen. Parkey, a cookie from Auburn, is currently made all his  field goals, with a long of 45 yards. His main strength is his kickoffs. Last season, he led college football with 69 touchbacks.

Until Henery starts converting in games, the Philadelphia Eagles will continue to watch kickers around the league.

 

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