The Eagles are moving on from kicker Alex Henery. The fourth-year specialist is set to be released Saturday afternoon, according to the team. Henery has spent his entire career in Philadelphia, as the Eagles drafted him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Henery was the most accurate kicker in NCAA history while at Nebraska, but unfortunately his college success wasn't sustained in the NFL. He was rarely tested by Andy Reid or Chip Kelly with long field goals and had several memorable misses in his three years with the Eagles. He also has had issues with kickoffs and creating touchbacks.
In 48 games with the Eagles, Henery made 74-of-86 field goal attempts (86%), 116-of-117 point after attempts (99.1%) and had just 95 touchbacks on 245 kickoffs. Henery was 2-of-5 in his 50-yard attempts (40%) and 22-of-26 in field goals in the 40-49 yard range (84.6%). His career-long field goal is 51 yards, which he has made twice.
As reported on Friday, the team plans to move forward with rookie kicker Cody Parkey, who was acquired in a trade with the Colts during the preseason. Parkey made all three of his field goals in the preseason finale. The most impressive part of the performance was that Parkey made field goals of both 53 and 54 yards.