The Eagles announced Wednesday that they had released running back David Fluellen. But before it had a chance to become official at 4 p.m. this afternoon, they worked out a deal with the Colts to send Fluellen to Indy for kicker Cody Parkey.
The rookie out of Auburn converted 15-of-21 field goal attempts for the Tigers last season. He went 5-for-6 from between 40-49 yards and was 1-of-4 from 50-plus. His long in college was from 52 yards. He was 1-for-2 in the BCS National Championship against Florida State last season, making a 22-yarder but missing from 33 yards out.
Here is his draft profile on NFL.com (h/t Sam Lynch):
Three-year starter in the SEC. Converted multiple game-winning field goals and has shown he can handle pressure. Efficient squib kicker. Works at his craft and takes the game seriously.
Average rise and hang-time on kickoffs — lines the ball with limited lift. Long-range distance is shaky and struggles converting beyond 50. Non-factor in coverage.
Three-by-two, soccer-style kicker with enough leg strength to warrant a chance in a camp, though he must prove he can more consistently handle kicking accurately from greater depths to earn a job.
The Eagles obviously aren’t totally sold on Alex Henery, who had a shaky 2013 and missed badly from 47 yards out last week in New England. Carey Spear never made a serious push for the job.
Another thing to consider:
Cody Parkey has attempted 10 kickoffs in the 2014 preseason for 6 touchbacks. League high average distance of 71.9 yards.
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 20, 2014
Parkey led the nation in touchbacks last season. Would the Eagles consider carrying two kickers: one for kickoffs and one for field goals? Can’t imagine Chip Kelly would be thrilled with the idea, but maybe they decide it’s the best course of action.
Fluellen, a 5-11, 224-pound rookie out of Toledo, was picked up as an undrafted free agent this offseason. He had six carries for 25 yards in the preseason opener against the Bears and also had a receiving touchdown in the game. An injury forced him to sit out against New England.
Fluellen was part of a crowded backfield where Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey are all competing for a spot. The Eagles added another player to the mix Tuesday when they acquired former Oregon running back Kenjon Barner from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick.