What criteria would you establish for a rookie kicker to unseat a veteran kicker, if you had only had 1 game in which to make your decision? Perhaps making 2 of 2 field goal attempts? What about making 2 of 2 attempts, with one that was over 50 yards?
Well then, how about a perfect 3 for 3, featuring a 53 yarder and 54 yarder in the mix?
Tough to ignore? Maybe impossible to ignore.
In what was a bravura performance against the New York Jets on Thursday night, Philadelphia Eagles rookie placekicker Cody Parkey may have kicked his way onto the Eagles 53 man roster. Not since the halcyon days of David Akers have we seen such a single game performance from an Eagles kicker. Parkey, the undrafted rookie kicker from Auburn, acquired by the Eagles last week from Indianapolis has made the strongest bid imaginable to unseat the Eagles incumbent kicker, the three year veteran Alex Henery.
Henery was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, and went on in his rookie year to set team accuracy records for field goals. However, in each successive year, his accuracy level has diminished, culminating in a key missed field goal in the Eagles playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints in January, a game in which the Eagles lost by only 2 points. Ironically, Henery has been working in the off-season on increasing his leg strength, and his kickoffs have been much improved in the preseason games. While length has improved, direction has not. And this means Henery may be traveling in a very different direction than the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014.