During his first two seasons in Philadelphia, Henery was one of the most reliable and accurate kickers in the NFL, making over 85% of all his kicks.
Today, many may call his first two seasons “beginner’s luck.” The fourth-year kick from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, is now battling to keep his job on heading in to Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Jets. After missing two field goals in the first three preseason games, it doesn’t look like Henery is turning it around anytime soon.
Here is what Head Coach Chip Kelly had to say about the situation:
I wish I could put a finger on it. I don’t know what he is battling.”
Henery’s two misses during the preseason demonstrate why its time for the fourth-year kicker to go. When facing the New England Patriots, Henery missed a 47-yard field goal. This kick showed Henery lack of range and concerns about his leg strength. After missing a 31-yard field goal against the Steelers, one thing was clear: Henery is no longer the kicker he once was.
Although one would expect Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery to panic when talking about his future with the team, he surprisingly was too concerned. Here is what he had to say:
I think this is the best camp I have ever had as an Eagle,” Henery said. “I’ve been kicking great during camp, but I just had those two missed kicks. It’s just one of those things where it can be frustrating, but if you worry about the past it will ruin your future. You just take your next kick.”
Henery can be the best kicker in training camp, but if he can’t translate that into games, it means nothing. Thursday night will likely be his last chance to prove to fans and coaches alike that he deserves to be the starting kicker for the Eagles.