EAGLES TRYING TO GIVE THE AWFUL ALEX HENERY THE BOOT

By Mary Cunningham

Is it any wonder that Chip Kelly has has lost faith in Alex Henery, who has been the Eagles’ placekicker for the past three seasons?

Henery, who the Eagles thought enough of to select in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, did not have a great 2013. He had one of the worst touchback percentages on kickoffs in the league and while he made 23 of 28 field-goal attempts, four of his five misses were from 48 yards and in. He also missed a critical 48-yard attempt in the Eagles’ two-point playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

While he has been accurate in training camp this summer, Henery missed a 47-yard attempt last week against the Patriots then shanked a 31-yarder Thursday night against the Steelers.

The Eagles brought in another kicker Aug. 20, acquiring rookie Cody Parkey in a trade with Indianapolis. Parkey converted an extra point Thursday in his only kick of the game.

“You have to make a field goal like that,” coach Chip Kelly said of Henery’s 31-yard miss Thursday. “You have to make it.”

Corey Spear was signed over the offseason to compete with Henery but hasn’t performed well enough in practice to earn a field-goal opportunity during the preseason.

Asked if he is considering bringing in a more experienced kicker to compete with Henery, Kelly said: “I don’t know. But if outside influences are going to affect you, then that’s something you’ve got to deal with, you know what I mean?

“There is going to be competition at every position. Our job is to make sure we put the best players out there and the guys that give us the best chance (to win).”

Earlier this week, Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp made it clear that Henery is on a short leash.

“We’re keeping an eye on everybody (around the league),” he said. “We’ll see. We’ll see how the next two weeks go.”

 

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