Cody Parkey kicks way to AFC special teams player of the week

AP

The kicking carousel in the NFL can move in strange ways, as illustrated by the sequence of events that led Cody Parkey to the Dolphins this season.

The Dolphins once cut Caleb Sturgis in order to make Andrew Franks their kicker and Sturgis wound up replacing Parkey as the kicker in Philadelphia after Parkey was injured in 2015. Parkey moved on to the Browns last year and got beat out this summer, which meant he was free to join the Dolphins and push Franks out of a job in Miami.

Playing musical chairs worked out for the Dolphins last Sunday. Parkey made four field goals in his Dolphins debut, including three in the final 17:43 to erase a 17-10 Chargers lead and send the Dolphins home as 19-17 winners in their delayed opener to the season.

Parkey also made an extra point in a performance that led the NFL to make him the AFC special teams player of the week and likely stopped the carousel from spinning again in Miami in the immediate future.

7 responses to “Cody Parkey kicks way to AFC special teams player of the week

  1. a strange sub-culture of NFL kickers – one i can’t even pretend to understand. franks delivered last year in clutch games -see buffalo week 17…that kick put miami in the playoffs…why anyone would want to replace him is a real brain twister…oh well

  2. Franks was likeable but went 16-21 (76%) in FGs – that had him ranked 29th in the NFL last year.
    He was 7-13 from 40yds + (about 54%) – thats really not that great…

    Parkey is 18-26 from 40 yds+ (about 70%) – including 6-6 from 50yds+ during his time in the NFL

    Better accuracy – same money – lifelong Fins fan – hmetown kid = all reasons Parkey’s the better choice.

  3. Eagles TOTALLY BLEW it by letting Parkey go. Yes he got injured, but they never gave him amble time to heal. He JUST had the most points as a rookie beating Kevin Butlers rookie record for points. The Eagles should have found a way to let him fully heal. Hope he beats them ever time they meet. Go Parkey.

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