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Chip Kelly still confident in Cody Parkey, despite missing potential game-winning field goal in Eagles-Falcons game

Can the former Pro Bowl kicker bounce back from a rough summer?

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Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey was a Pro Bowl player as a rookie in 2014, but Eagles fans were reminded on Monday night that special teams play can be a fickle thing.

Parkey hit a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter of the Eagles' Monday night loss to the Falcons. But with the Eagles down by two late in the fourth quarter, Parkey missed a 44-yarder that would have given the Eagles the lead.

Despite the miss, head coach Chip Kelly expressed support for his kicker after the game.

Parkey has been struggling with kicks for some time. He missed two field goals in preseason, as well as one extra point try. Parkey also suffered a groin injury during training camp and did not kick in the preseason finale. And while Parkey has maintained that he is indeed healthy, it's worth pointing out this tidbit from the Daily News' Les Bowen:

It may not be time to panic about the kicking situation just yet, but Parkey can't afford to miss too many more like that if he wants to stay in Philadelphia.

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