The Detroit Lions are making a change at kicker, plan to sign Alex Henery today. Henery worked out for them last week— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 22, 2014
Detroit was desperate for a new kicker after rookie seventh round draft pick Nate Freese failed to impress. Freese made only three field goals on seven attempts for the Lions through the first three weeks of the 2014 NFL season.
It will be hard for Henery to be worse than Freese. In 48 games with the Eagles, Henery made 74-of-86 field goal attempts (86%), 116-of-117 point after attempts (99.1%). 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.
Henery, who has only recorded 95 touchbacks on 245 kickoffs, will not have to worry about handling kickoffs in Detroit. Lions punter Sam Martin is already responsible for those duties.
The Eagles released Henery during final cuts this summer in favor of keeping rookie kicker Cody Parkey. Parkey clearly outperformed Henery, who was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, at both kickoffs and field goals. Aside from a 38-yard miss against the Indianapolis Colts, Parkey has been really solid for Philadelphia. Parkey has recorded 14 touchbacks on 21 kickoff attempts. The rookie kicker has made eight field goals on nine attempts (88.9%). Two of those made attempts have come from 50 yards or more.