The preseason finale couldn’t have gone much better for Eagles rookie placekicker Cody Parkey, which could leave Philadelphia with a decision to make.
Parkey, whom the Eagles acquired from Indianapolis last week, connected on field goals of 53 and 54 yards in Thursday’s exhibition win vs. the Jets. He also forced two touchbacks in four kickoffs.
Parkey is challenging fourth-year incumbent Alex Henery for the Eagles’ kicking job. Henery was 1-of-3 on field goals in the exhibition season, and his accuracy on longer kicks has been a discussion point this summer.
With the Eagles unlikely to keep both kickers, the question now is whether Parkey has done enough in a little more than a week’s time to knock off the established Henery.
“The length of the evaluation is what it is,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Thursday night, according to a transcript from the club. ” . . . We have to do it just based upon what it is. We can’t call and ask for another game, we have to do it based on the information that we have.”
The other intriguing storyline is whether the runner-up in the Eagles’ kicker competition lands a job elsewhere. If nothing else, Parkey showed some NFL-caliber leg strength and accuracy on Thursday night, which wouldn’t hurt his case with other clubs should it come to that.