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Monday, October 5, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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October 4, 2015 - Caleb Sturgis misses two kicks in debut
"Sturgis, signed last Monday after showing himself as the best option in a tryout to replace Cody Parkey who is lost for the season with a groin injury, missed a 30-yard field goal attempt and an extra point attempt in Sunday's 23-20 loss.... 'The rest of the team gave such a good effort today,' Sturgis said in the bowels of FedEx Stadium. '[They] played so well. It's tough knowing I didn't do my part.... I just went out there and missed,' Sturgis said. 'Hurt the team. It's on me'." - NJ.com

September 28, 2015 - kicker Cody Parkey placed on IR, Caleb Sturgis signed
"Parkey played through the injury during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets after hurting the groin prior to kickoff. He's converted on 87.3 percent of his field-goal attempts since last season to go with touchback-heavy kickoff ability. Expect him back in the mix next season. Sturgis has a lesser resume, connecting on just 77.5 percent of his field-goal chances in two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Sturgis, Nick Novak and Billy Cundiff all worked out for the Eagles on Monday." - NFL

September 28, 2015 - kicker Cody Parkey aggravates injury; tryouts upcoming
"kicker Cody Parkey aggravated his groin injury during the team's win over the Jets Sunday, and the Eagles are concerned enough about the injury that they’re bringing in free-agent kickers on Monday, according to a report from Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. According to Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Eagles will try out veteran kickers Billy Cundiff, Nick Novak, Caleb Sturgis, Kai Forbath, Shayne Graham and Carey Spear." - CSN Philly

May 2, 2015 - UDFA punter Kip Smith signed after draft
"Served as the punter and kickoff specialist at Oklahoma State from 2013-14. Punted 160 times for a 40.7-yard average. Began his collegiate career at UCLA before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2012. He is a product of Legacy HS in Broomfield, CO and earned first-team, All-America honors by multiple publications." - Eagles

February 4, 2015 - Cody Parkey's kicking shoes headed to Hall of Fame
"The pair of cleats Parkey wore in the Eagles' Week 17 win over the New York Giants was packaged and shipped off to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. In that final game of the season, Parkey set an NFL record for the most points by a rookie in a season. He also set the Eagles’ franchise record for most points in a season in 2014 with 150." - Bleeding Green Nation

January 16, 2015 - long snapper Jon Dorenbos added to Pro Bowl roster
"Dorenbos was hand picked by Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who will be coaching one of the teams.... Dorenbos just completed his ninth season with the team, and played in all 16 games for the eight straight season. This is the second time in his career he will be heading to the Pro Bowl, with his first trip back in 2009." - NJ.com

January 13, 2015 - kicker Cody Parkey named to PFWA All-Rookie Team
"Parkey, who on Sunday became the first Eagle rookie in 26 years to make a Pro Bowl team, beat out Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro to make the PFWA All-Rookie team as a placekicker. Parkey made 32 of 36 field goal attempts, was 4 for 4 from 50 yards and out and set NFL rookie and franchise scoring records with 150 points. Catanzaro was 29 for 33 for the Cards. Parkey is the first undrafted rookie kicker to make a Pro Bowl team since David Treadwell of the Broncos in 1989." - CSN Philly

January 12, 2015 - alternate kicker Cody Parkey headed to Pro Bowl
"When the Colts beat the Broncos on Sunday afternoon, it meant the Colts and Patriots will meet in the AFC Championship Game next weekend. That means either Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri or Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski will go to the Super Bowl and drop out of the Pro Bowl. And that means the first alternate gets in. And that’s Parkey. An official announcement has not been made by the NFL and likely won't be until next week. Parkey, whose 150 points set an NFL rookie scoring record and an Eagles franchise scoring record, will become the first Eagles rookie to make a Pro Bowl team in 26 years, since tight end Keith Jackson in 1988." - CSN Philly

December 28, 2014 - kicker Cody Parkey sets two season scoring records
Former Auburn football star and current Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey set a couple of records with two field goals and four extra points Sunday in a 34-26 win over the New York Giants. The ten points gave the first year placekicker 150 points this season, more than any Eagle has scored in a single-season and more than any rookie in NFL history. Parkey entered the day five points behind David Akers‘ team record of 145 points. Kicker Kevin Butler had 144 points in the 1985 regular season for the Chicago Bears to set the rookie record." - Fly War Eagle

December 20, 2014 - Cody Parkey misses pair in loss to Washington
"It stinks,' Parkey said. 'I missed kicks and we lost the game.' Parkey's two missed field goals in the third quarter ended up being the margin of error for the Eagles during Philadelphia's 27-24 loss to Washington before 78,897 in the suburbs of the nation's capital. Parkey came into the game Saturday with just two misses in 31 attempts. He missed two in the second half wide to the right, including a 34-yarder after the Eagles recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half deep in Washington territory. 'I just missed the kick,' Parkey said. The second miss was from 46 yards out that just never curled back inside the right upright, prompting hoots and hollers from the home crowd that seemed to sense how big a moment it really was. When asked if he thought the first miss ended up playing on his head, Parkey was direct. 'No,' he said." - The Morning Call

November 27, 2014 - Cody Parkey kicks four field goals in Thanksgiving win over Dallas
"Cody Parkey's nine field goals in the last two games is a team record. His 125 points are an Eagles rookie record. 'I'm just kind of an emergency blanket, if the offense can't punch it in,' Parkey said." - Philly.com

November 23, 2014 - Cody Parkey kicks five field goals in win over Tennessee
"After making five field goals, including his fourth straight 50-yarder, all Cody Parkey could think about was the second miss of his NFL career. 'It was going right at the post and it showed some signs of maybe coming back in for me, but that was a heartbreaker,' Parkey said. 'That’s probably the worst noise to hear as a kicker, that doink off the upright.' It’s news now when Parkey misses anything. He missed from 49 yards Sunday against the Titans but made all five of his other kicks, becoming the fifth kicker in Eagles history to make five field goals in a game. 'The wind was going kind of right to left and I think I didn’t play it enough right,' Parkey said. 'It went off my foot and sounded good and started going just right at the upright. Of course it didn’t bounce off and go in for me, instead it bounced off the upright and it’s one of those that I would like to have back.' That miss at the end of the second quarter ended a streak of 17 straight field goals going back to a 38-yard miss against the Colts in Week 2. That’s tied for the second-longest streak in Eagles history, behind only Alex Henery’s 22-kick streak in 2012." - CSN Philly

October 26, 2014 - kicker Cody Parkey ties Tom Dempsey, behind only David Akers and Tony Franklin
"When Cody Parkey's 54-yard field goal sailed through the uprights with 7:19 remaining in the third quarter, the rookie entered some very selective company. In just seven games, Parkey is one of only six kickers in Eagles history to have three field goals of 50 yards or more. The 54 yarder was the Eagles' longest field goal since David Akers nailed a 57-yard attempt in September 2003. Parkey's kick tied with Tom Dempsey, the former record holder for the longest field in NFL history, for the third longest in team annals behind only Akers and Tony Franklin (59 yards, 1979 at Dallas)." - Eagles

September 15, 2014 - Cody Parkey kicks game winner over Colts
"Parkey made 3-of-4 field goals, including a 36-yarder on the game's final play, as the Eagles rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Colts 30-27 at Lucas Oil Stadium.... He gave the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly plenty of reason to keep him on Monday, especially with the mental toughness he showed on the final kick. Parkey made what appeared to be the game-winning 36-yarder, but as the teams ran across the field for postgame handshakes, the officials ruled the Colts were able to call their final timeout just before the snap, forcing Parkey to kick it again after the field was cleared. No worries, as it turned out from the Eagles' perspective. Parkey stepped up and made the kick again. 'He really doesn't get fazed,' Kelly said. 'I didn't say anything to him after the first one or have a conversation with him because there was really no reason to have one. He's always on it. I didn't have to say anything mystical to him. He just went out and did a great job.' Parkey backed up his coach's account, saying he wasn't bothered by having to kick a second time. 'Guys were slapping me high fives and the Colts guys were saying, 'Oh man, why did you do that to us?'  Parkey said. 'I saw the ref do whatever and I just said, 'I'll hit it again.' That was the only thing going through my mind. I'll hit it again and celebrate it again'." - Indy Star

August 30, 2014 - kicker Alex Henery released, Cody Parkey named starter
"In a move that would have been surprising at the beginning of training camp, but isn't so surprising anymore, the Eagles have released veteran kicker Alex Henery. The decision to release Henery was made on Friday, when sources told NJ.com that the team had informed rookie kicker Cody Parkey that he was going to be the kicker going forward. Henery entered training camp as the clear favorite to win the job, but after missing two out of his three kicks in preseason games, the decision to go with rookie kicker Cody Parkey was a fairly easy one for the team. Despite joining the team less than a week ago, Parkey hit two 50 yard field goals on Thursday night, doing more to win the job in one game than Henery did throughout camp." - NJ.com

August 28, 2014 - kicker Cody Parkey passes test
"Alex Henery thought he was going to kick, and then he wasn't. It was his turn in the field-goal rotation with competitor Cody Parkey, and the Eagles were about to attempt a 53-yarder Thursday night. But as Henery, with helmet on, prepared to walk onto the field, special-teams coach Dave Fipp held him back. Parkey ran past both onto the field and stroked a kick that sailed through the uprights for his second 50-yard-plus field goal in the Eagles' preseason finale win over the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. It seemed like the death knell to Henery's chances of remaining with the team. Asked when Fipp told him that Parkey was taking his turn, Henery said: 'Probably three seconds before it happened'.... Parkey's other long field goal was a 54-yarder in the second quarter. He was also good from 25 yards just before the half. To put Parkey's long-distance kicks into perspective, Henery had hit only 2 of 5 field goals beyond 50 yards in his NFL career, his longest at 51 yards.... As for kickoffs, there wasn't enough difference to proclaim either the victor. Parkey, who led the nation in touchbacks last year at Auburn, had one touchback on three kicks. Henery had two touchbacks on three kicks." - Philly.com

August 23, 2014 - Carey Spear waived, Cody Parkey to get quick test
"The Carey Spear experiment was laid to rest early on Saturday. The 22-year old was cut after struggling so much in practice that he was never given a chance to attempt a kick during the team’s first three preseason games. Now in his place is fellow rookie Cody Parkey, the former Auburn kicker who was acquired from the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week. With only one preseason game remaining, the Eagles need answers now. Coming off a season in which he made just 82 percent of his kicks, Henery has continued to struggle this preseason, missing two of the three kicks he has attempted, including a 31-yarder on Thursday against the Steelers. Asked about how the Eagles can possibly evaluate Parkey against Henery when they’ll only have one game to look at the former, Chip Kelly stated the truth. They have no choice. 'You gotta do it,' Kelly said. 'We have kicking periods during the week and then we’ve got a game to play … you’ll see what opportunities give us the chance to see how it is. There’s nothing else we can do. We can’t get another scrimmage and we can’t get another game. We’ve got to make decisions based upon the amount of time we have Cody in here with Alex and then go from there'." - CSN Philly

August 21, 2014 - kicker Alex Henery misses another kick
"The veteran kicker missed a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter of the team's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. 'Obviously we can't have that,' head coach Chip Kelly said. 'You gotta make it.' Kelly did not go as far as to say that he has lost faith in Henery, but listening to the head coach, it was clear that he realizes the team has a problem. 'I wish I could put a finger on it,' Kelly said of his kicker's struggles. 'I don't know what he is battling.' Although he has been strong during training camp practices, Henery has come up small during the preseason games. Henery is just one of three in the team's games so far, with a miss from 47 yards against the New England Patriots, and the miss from 31 yards out on Thursday against the Steelers.... Even with the addition of Cody Parkey, the team kept rookie Carey Spear on the roster, meaning they now have three kickers currently signed. Although Spear is likely on this way out, it is hard to imagine Henery doesn't look around and realize that he is on very thin ice. 'If outside influences are gonna affect you, then that's something you gotta deal with,' Kelly said. 'Our job is to put the best guys out there and the guys who give us the best chance'." - New Jersey On-Line

August 20, 2014 - kicker Cody Parkey acquired by trade
"The Eagles brought in extra competition for Alex Heneryon Wednesday in the form of rookie kicker Cody Parkey. The Eagles acquired Parkey in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts by sending running back David Fluellen to the other side. Undrafted out of Alabama, Parkey signed with the Colts following this spring's NFL Draft. He went 2-for-2 on field goals with the Colts during the preseason, including a 45-yarder. At Auburn, Parkey finished his senior season 14-of-19 on field goals while ranking first in the nation with 69 touchbacks. Both Fluellen and Parkey were thought to have been waived by their respective former teams earlier in the day, before both sides agreed on a mutually beneficial deal." - Eagles

August 20, 2014 - eyes wide open
"We're keeping an eye on everybody' around the league, special teams coordinator Dave Fipp said, after discussing how Alex Henery has improved in practice, while noting that the bottom line is how you perform in games....'I don't know if his leg strength is better as much as his technique on hitting the ball is a little improved,' Fipp said. 'So he's getting a little bit more ball flight. But it's still a work in progress. He's working hard at it. Hopefully, in these next 2 weeks he can come up with some really good performances in the stadium, both on his kickoffs and his field goals. But we're keeping an eye on everybody.' - Philly.com

August 18, 2014 - kicking competition
Coach Chip Kelly said the Eagles 'brought him to camp to see what he can do.' They’ve evidently seen enough to indicate that Alex Henery is well ahead of Carey Spear. 'A lot of it is based on practice,' Kelly said. 'Obviously Alex is ahead of him when you see him out there in competitive situations in practice. You can’t manufacture it and you can’t make it up. You have to go by what the numbers are. I know Alex has missed two kicks all camp. He’s 5 for 5 at [50-yard kicks or more]. He’s 8 for 8 from 45-49 [yards] in training sessions. He did miss one in the game. But it’s also something that we’re not going to throw another guy out there. Alex has definitely out-kicked Carey so far in practice'.” - CSN Philly

August 15, 2014 - preseason loss to Patriots
"Alex Henery missed a 47-yard field goal on Friday. The kick was not close. 'You got to make 47 yarders in this league,' coach Chip Kelly said. '...I’m confident in Alex, but you got to convert in games, too.' Kelly said he's encouraged by the work Henery is doing with special teams coordinator Dave Fipp." - Philly.com

August 13, 2014 - kicker Carey Spear has rough day
"Carey Spear's attempt to unseat Alex Henery as the field goal kicker most likely ended Wednesday. He missed four straight field goals on narrow uprights during individual drills, and then missed 3 of 5 on goalposts at the regular width. In the 11-on-11 scrimmage, he missed badly on a 55-yard field goal as it fell short and wide. " - Delaware Online

July 31, 2014 - camp kicking continues
"Just when it looked like Carey Spear would have the better showing in the kicker competition by making every field goal try on the day, he clanked his last attempt – a 44-yarder – off the right upright. Both Spear and Alex Henery were 5 of 5 from distances of 36, 39, 46, 50 and 52 yards during field goal drills. During team drills, though, Henery sliced a 32-yard attempt wide right. He came back and drilled a 40-yarder. Spear was good from 41 yards during the team portion, but ended practice with his clank." - Philly.com

July 26, 2014 - camp kicking
"In the kicker competition, both Alex Henery and Murderleg went 4/5 on field goal attempts. Murderleg was 4/4 until his final kick, and he had a chance to win the day... but he pushed it right. I also watched them on kickoffs. Henery kicked off three times during one portion of the practice, and his kickoffs were as follows: 4 yards deep in the end zone, 7 yards deep, 2 yards deep. Murderleg on the other hand, had two kickoffs that I observed. One was fielded at about the one yard line, the other at the 14 on a wobbly line drive." - Philly.com

June 10, 2014 - kicker Alex Henery top secret leg improvements
"It’s early. Not too early, though, to mention how Henery is kicking the hide off the football in practices. The past two days Henery has blasted a 50-yard field goal and gotten so much distance on his kickoffs it’s raised yet another batch of questions about Kelly’s top-secret sports science program. 'I think he’s gotten a little bit stronger in terms of the distance he’s kicking the ball and in terms of where we are placing the ball during kickoff drill,' Kelly said. 'Excited to see where it is, especially when we get into some real live situations. The tough thing with the kickers is we can’t rush them. We can’t do anything. A lot of times right now it’s like they are going out on the driving range and hitting balls. It’s not real live action for them. It’s another position where we won’t have anything determined until we get into preseason camp and get into some preseason games'.” -  Delaware County Daily Times

June 6, 2014 - kicker Alex Henery discusses adjustments
"The main thing is working on the things I didn't do so well on last year, but it's the same mechanics and routine going through everything. It's just in the offseason you have a lot of time to pick on the little things,' Henery said. What are those little things? Henery noticed that too often he was not doing a good enough job of keeping his head down and that he was occasionally falling off to the side. 'I always compare things to a golf swing. If you're doing something real small that's making your drive go slice on you, there are things to correct it and you just have to make sure every time you're doing that,' Henery said. 'When you do that, you build a rhythm down then it becomes second nature'.... Henery talked to other kickers around the league and spent time this offseason studying film of the best kickoff specialists to see what he can adapt to his game. Henery did not kick off in college and realized that the technique he used needed to be tweaked. 'I think a lot of it is body position and finishing through the ball. My kickoffs the last few years have been more of a field goal style. Some of the guys who have a lot of touchbacks, there's more finish through the ball getting that momentum going up and through. That's the big thing I've been working on,' said Henery, a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011. 'I'm just trying to add yards onto my kickoffs'." - Eagles

June 2, 2014 - kicker Alex Henery
Alex Henery finally has some competition. The Eagles after the draft signed former Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear -- aka "Murderleg" -- as an undrafted free agent. For a guy whose career has been nearly devoid of competition -- he's been the first-team kicker since his freshman year at Nebraska and hadn't been challenged as an Eagle -- Henery seems to be handling the pressure well.... During team drills, Henery’s composure showed, as he calmly hit a field goal of nearly 50 yards. Maybe the nerves got to Spear instead, as the rookie pulled a short one wide -- really wide -- left.... Henery also has spent a lot of time in the offseason back home in Omaha, Nebraska working on another part of his game that drew the ire of his critics: kickoffs. Last season, the 26-year-old found himself in the bottom half of the league’s kickers with 37 touchbacks on 90 kickoffs. He averaged only 62 yards per kickoff, and opponents returned 52 of them, fifth most in the league. 'If you play golf, it’s a lot like that,' Henery said. 'Just finding the one that gets that ball strike you like. Kicking-wise, look at Sebastian Janikowski and me. Totally different kickers and totally different ways of kicking, but we can both produce results, just like a golfer. You get your bigger, taller golfers and then you get your smaller guys who are smaller than me that can hit the ball a mile. It’s a lot of technique'.” - CSN Philly

May 22, 2014 - kicker Carey Spear
General manager Howie Roseman has said this offseason that the team would look to create competition at every position. As a kicker, Spear is here to compete with veteran Alex Henery. So how did special teams coordinator Dave Fipp evaluate the three-time Vanderbilt captain? 'The way it's formatted is, depending on the coach, they'll have you come in, kick X amount of kickoffs, so many deep, so many right, so many left, maybe get your onsides kicks so they can see your efficiency in that, whether you're able to hit it deep enough, high enough, and well enough directionally,' Spear said. 'That's important. So just being prepared for all those different aspects of kickoffs, and then being ready to obviously just hit X amount of field goals. So that's exactly what coach Fipp had me do, hit some directionally. I was prepared for it. I had a couple workouts before that, so I understood the format'.... As for the forthcoming camp competition between Spear and Henery, you'll be shocked to learn that Spear is not approaching the summer with the mindset of winning a job. 'I'm not looking at just making it, right now I'm just focused on being the best teammate I can be,' he said. 'I have great leadership in Jon (Dorenbos), Donnie (Jones) and Al (Henery). Those guys have been awesome thus far. In particular, Al's taken me under his wing and shown me the ropes … I want to make Al better, I want Al to make me better … Like I said, I couldn't have found a better organization where guys are building each other up and not trying to bring each other down'." - Eagles

May 10, 2014 - kicker Carey Spear signed
"The Eagles finally got some competition for Alex Henery in the form of Vanderbilt placekicker Carey Spear. The Eagles Saturday evening agreed to contract terms with Spear among their first group of undrafted free agents, Spear tweeted. Spear made 15 of 19 field goal attempts last year (78.9 percent) after a 20-for-24 junior year (83.3 percent). Including 2011, he was 39 for 50 (78.0 percent). He was 2-for-2 beyond 50 yards last year. Henery, the Eagles’ fourth-round pick in 2011, was the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history after two seasons at 87.9 percent but dropped to 82.1 percent last year on 23 for 28 and struggled with his range on kickoffs." - CSN Philly

March 11, 2014 - punter Donnie Jones re-signed
"Jones, coming off arguably the greatest season ever for an Eagles punter, signed a three-year deal, the team announced about 35 minutes into the start of the new league year. The veteran punter’s deal can be worth up to $6 million, according to a league source. Jones, an 11-year veteran, posted a net average of 40.4 yards per punt last year, the best in franchise history. He also led the NFL with 27 punts down field without a return and tied for fourth in the league with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line, an Eagles record." - CSN Philly

1 comment:

Graham Coia said...

Well, whaddayaknow! NFL experiments with narrower goalposts in the Pro-Bowl - I hate to say I told ya so...but I did!!! (Still not narrow enough, mind you!). Add in the longer PAT at 35yds and see Adam Vinatieri actually MISS a PAT and you see how it has to be the way to go.

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