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Philadelphia Eagles are keeping Cody Parkey, according to report


Evan Habeeb

According to a report from Eliot Shorr-Parks of, the Philadelphia Eagles will in fact be keeping undrafted rookie free agent kicker Cody Parkey on their 53-man roster.

Here's what Shorr-Parks had to say:

The Eagles saw enough out of rookie kicker Cody Parkey to give him a spot on the 53-man roster, two individuals with knowledge of the situation told

They requested anonymity because the move was not yet official.

This report suggests Alex Henery's time in Philadelphia could be up, but it does not actually outright say that the Eagles will cut him.

If this report is true, it's probably for the best. Alex Henery is coming off of disappointing 2013 performance and hasn't done much in the summer of 2014 to ease concerns. Henery has missed two kicks on three attempts in the 2014 NFL preseason. His misses from 31 yards and 47 yards out weren't even close. His only made attempt was from 37 yards.

Parkey, on the other hand, has been flawless from field goal range. Parkey went 2-2 with the Indianapolis Colts before going 3-3 with the Eagles on Thursday night against the Jets. One of those kicks was a chip-shot from 25 yards out but the other two were long-distance scores from 53 and 54 yards out. Those impressive kicks both top Henery's career high of 51 yards. And keep in mind that Parkey is a only rookie whereas Henery has kicked for three full NFL seasons!

Parkey has also slightly out-kicked Henery on kickoffs. Parkey has kicked 9 touchbacks on 17 kickoff attempts while Henery has recorded one less touchback on just as many attempts (8/17).

This move is surely to be popular with Eagles fans, who are clearly in favor of Parkey at this point. (Click to enlarge)


Parkey was originally acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Colts just last week. The Eagles sent undrafted rookie free agent running back David Fluellen to Indianapolis in exchange for who appears to be Philadelphia's new kicker.

More to come.

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