The Eagles announced they have acquired kicker Cody Parkey from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for running back David Fluellen. Fluellen was released by the Eagles this morning while the Colts waived Parkey as well.
Parkey signed with the Colts in May after going undrafted coming out of Auburn. During his senior season at Auburn, Parkey led the nation in touchbacks with 69 and 57.3% (142-of-248) of his career kickoffs at Auburn went for touchbacks. While he has shown a big leg, Parkey wasn't the most accurate kicker. He was 15-for-21 (71.4%) last season going making everything inside of 30 yards, going 3-for-5 from 30-39 yards, an impressive 5-for-6 from 40-49 yards but wasn't great from deep going just 1-for-4 from beyond 50 yards with his season long coming from 52 yards.
Fluellen, 22, played well in the team's first preseason game against the Chicago Bears rushing six times for 25 yards. He also caught a nice screen pass out of the backfield and took it 14 yards for a touchdown. He was injured last week causing him to miss Philadelphia's second preseason game on Friday against the Patriots.
The Eagles wanted a kicking competition and Carey Spear was not cutting it. Even if Parkey can't hit field goals consistently, the Eagles could carry an extra kicker for the first four weeks (thank you suspensions to Lane Johnson and Jake Knott) to aid on kickoffs.
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