The Eagles quietly have a battle forming at place kicker. We have all heard about the battles at cornerback and guard but it’s now time to add another one to the mix. During the 2015 season the Eagles were on a bit of a roller coaster with the kicking game. Incumbent 2014 rookie Cody Parkey was injured at the beginning of the season following his extraordinary 2013 rookie season. Caleb Sturgis was brought into fill the role and really struggled at first. Our first introduction to Caleb Sturgis was the week 4 Washington game where he missed an XP and a FG late in the game. The Eagles ultimately lost a close one. To his credit he bounced during the second half of the year and really did a nice job for the Eagles. He finished the year 18/22 81.8% with a long of 53. He was solid with the longer extra points going 35/37 as well.
Here is an expert from Matt Lombardo of NJ.com on Sturgis who was one of the players he listed to “Keep an Eye on” – “Don’t look now, but the Eagles have a legitimate kicker competition on their hands. This job likely won’t be decided until late in the preseason, but Sturgis is consistently out-kicking Cody Parkey this spring and that trend continued during the mandatory minicamp.”
I guess technically the Eagles have two incumbents in this situation. Sturgis was here long enough and performed well enough after the Parkey injury and Parkey had a stellar 2014 campaign and started 15 3 of 4 before being hurt. I think Cody’s injury might still be effecting him. Leg muscle injuries to a kicker can be extremely tricky. Although I believe Parkey has the stronger leg and ultimately is more consistent, he needs to out perform Sturgis. So far he is not. This battle will be won during the preseason. Hopefully each kicker gets the same number of opportunities.
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