The Philadelphia Eagles entered the fourth preseason game against the New York Jets with their kicker competition still up in the air. The team has been searching for competition to push Alex Henery after he struggled last season and in the preseason this year. They may have finally found the guy in Cody Parkey to not only push Henery but beat him out.
The Eagles traded for Parkey two weeks ago, which should have set off alarm bells for Henery. Henery is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Eagles, but that may not be enough to save his starting job. He missed five field goals last season and two more in the preseason. As a result, the Eagles gave Parkey the opportunity to put heat on Henery Thursday night and he responded with field goal makes from 54, 53, and 25 yards.
“Yeah, that's why we brought him in to give Alex [Henery] some competition, and again, we'll go through everything, what the whole week was like with him and make decisions tomorrow,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said.
Kelly may not have made up his mind yet on who will win the job, but Parkey made that decision much easier with his performance against the Jets. Parkey knocked in two field goals of well over 50 yards, which matched Henery's career total in three seasons. Henery's career long is 51 yards.
Now, kicking in a preseason game in August is far different from kicking in Philadelphia in December or January, but the fact remains Henery has not proved he can do that either. This will be a decision that comes right down to the deadline to trim the roster to the final 53 players on Saturday.
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