Report: Eagles to keep kicker Cody Parkey

Report: Eagles to keep kicker Cody Parkey

August 29, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Cody Parkey made two field goals of 50-plus yards in the Eagles' preseason finale Thursday night. (USA Today Images)

Cody Parkey, who made field goals of 53 and 54 yards in the Eagles’ preseason win over the Jets Thursday night (see story), has been told he’ll survive final cuts Saturday, according to a report on

Certainly no surprise after Parkey became the first kicker in franchise history to make two kicks of 53 yards or more in any game — preseason, regular season or postseason.

Parkey, kicking in his second game with the Eagles, made as many kicks from 50 yards or more Thursday night as Alex Henery has made in 49 career games with the Eagles.

The Eagles acquired Parkey from the Colts last week to compete with Henery, who has missed two field goals this preseason — including a 31-yarder against the Steelers last week.

“I love what Chip Kelly’s done so far, and I’d love to keep playing for him,” Parkey said Thursday night. “I was still an Indianapolis Colt [10 days ago] and I was trying to win a Super Bowl with them. And now I’m trying to win a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Parkey made more field goals from 50 yards and out Thursday night than he did in his entire career at Auburn. He was 1 for 4 from 50 and beyond in college, with a long kick of 52 yards.

Presumably, Henery — a fourth-round pick of Andy Reid back in 2011 — will be released, although that won’t be official until 4 p.m. Saturday.

“I think I’m an NFL kicker,” Henery said. “It’s just one of those things — find the right spot at the right time, if it’s not here. I don’t think I’m done if they don’t want me here. I’m confident in myself, and that’s how I’ve always been.”

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