Update: Fluellen Traded For Indy Kicker

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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):

STRENGTHS

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.

WEAKNESSES

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.

BOTTOM LINE

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:

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.

 

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  • Kleptolia

    Too bad. I hate to see guys get cut, even if it makes room for an Oregon player. I hope he catches on somewhere.

  • http://www.damokleez.com EaglefaninAZ

    With Polk’s issues and now this, things look better for Josey every day. Really hoping he hangs on in some capacity, even if it’s practice squad.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      Josey is still healthy enough to take 4th QT carries on Thursday, and presumably in the 4th game. Fluellen could still make the PS ahead of him. Polk’s inability to get out of the tub is, for me, the more important issue.

    • Token

      Saw all the flooding out in AZ. Did your area get any of that?

      • http://www.damokleez.com EaglefaninAZ

        Just the washes up here. I’m near Sedona, so most of the bad flooding was south of here. The scanner was busy. Got to hear an air rescue as it happened. I’ve been in Missouri for a month, so I missed the big floods a couple weeks ago too.

        • Amar, CB who bought in

          I, on the other hand, reached Phoenix just in time…Phew. Didn’t want to miss this.

  • CHRIS – CB with dreads

    injured + slow(ish) + UDFA + running back depth = cut. No surprises here

  • Kevin.Rosenberger

    So we have up a cond. 7th to replace a guy who I saw nothing from. Wish him luck but definitely the correct move from Chipper

  • peteike

    Someone just posted this on fbook so gotta share with the football fever running thick. Coughlin: Just kick it out of bounds !!!

    • Dominik

      Damn. I remember now why I once was a huge Vick fan. Not sustainable, the injuries, not reading Defenses correctly – yes. But damn he could be spectacular with those runs.

    • anon

      i cried

    • MagatBrackendale

      One thing this replay demonstrates clearly. All those who are so sure that Miracle at the Meadowlands II was all on Jackson are wrong.

      • Jason

        Agreed, that was Vick at his finest. Just playing street ball.
        I got Goosebumps watching that.

        • http://www.damokleez.com EaglefaninAZ

          Exactly. Started breathing faster. I never got to see that game.

        • peteike

          and I forgot what Maclin looked like in games, nice play getting the td for the tie

          • Jason

            Not to mention the block on Celek’s TD.

      • Bert’s Bells

        It’s was all that onsides kick. Textbook example, there. Without that the Eagles have no chance (and I wasn’t even that big of an Akers fan).

        • MagatBrackendale

          Akers had a most excellent record with the Eagles. Check it out sometime. Not sure you could ind any better.
          6× Pro Bowl (2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010,2011)
          6× All-Pro (2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011)
          2× NFC Champion (2004, 2012)
          PFW Golden Toe Award (2011)
          4× NFC Special Teams Player of the Month (Oct. 2007, Nov. 2009, Nov. 2010, Dec. 2011)
          Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team
          NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
          NFL season record for points scored by a kicker (166)
          NFL season record for field goals (44)

          • Bert’s Bells

            Not denying any of that. In an era of great kickers -Viniatari, Vanderjagt, Janikowski, Matt Stover, (and I’m probably forgetting some) -he was good, but at the bottom of the first tier.

          • paul from nc

            You’re beginning to write like Jim35 does with FOles.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Oh please no! Not sure what you mean with your statement. I have no overwhelming attachment to any player, (except Westbrook, of course. I cherish the jersey.). Just like to see people get their due.

          • jshort

            And left broke.

      • Bert’s Bells

        It’s also ironic that he got such great running lanes because the Giants lost control when he muffed the punt.

        The Giant D was horrible in the fourth quarter. A lot is on the Eagles playing well, course, but you’ve got defenders falling down and taking bad angles all over the place.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        In the interests of furthering minority opinions, Maclin has a very nice block indeed on the Celek TD for a guy who never blocks.

    • macadood

      stupid giants not seeing that onside kick coming at all…

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        In hindsight, my single favourite thing about that play besides the result is the way both Dmitri Patterson and….Chaney (?) simultaneously and hilariously diving whiff on blocks at the near side.

        Patterson at least has the decency to look sheepish when he gets up but Chaney seems very proud of his work.

        • Dan

          Jamar

    • Amar, CB who bought in

      I think that’s incredible football for anybody, who’s not a Giants fan.

    • Ray

      Thanks – I am now ready for the 2014-15 NFL football season.

    • paul from nc

      Have we seen plays like that lately?

      Before you start, I’m not saying Vick was the answer, but it was exciting. The past few years have been boring as he’ll. Last year was a little better with the new coach and hurry up, but still that was exciting football.

      • PhillySean

        Wouldn’t expect a season of football to hold up in comparison to one of the best comebacks in franchise history.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t catch the whole game, but I was listening to Merrill. I came home just in time to see that punt!

  • Token

    We didnt release him we traded him to the Colts for kicker Cody Parkey

    Parkey ranked first in the nation with 69 touchbacks. Had a few nice kickoffs last week according to Indy press. 15-21 his senior year. Missed a 33 yarder in the championship. Scouting report says he has limited leg beyond 50. So I dunno guess we will see. Wonder if they are still watching a couple guys to see if they get released or if this is it.

    • peteike

      so back to what we were saying on other page, love it, came back here from twitter link, makin Henery sweat. That seems to just make him choke more so cmon Cody. I thought Fluellen looked kinda shifty for a big guy when he played, he may turn out okay. Guess nobody else was high on him.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        true. doubt he was pushed all that much by Spears. but start trading RBs for kickers, that’ll get his attention. problem is, once a fanbase goes down this route, even if he’s 95% successful, that 5% will be overwhelmingly lambasted.

    • Eagles1018…Please no more du

      I like Parkey. I watched his YouTube vids during draft season. I was hoping we would have picked him up. If Fluellen isn’t on their radar I’m glad they decided to look at a position of need. I think Shady/Sproles is a lock and the trade for a Barner is kinda the writing on the wall for the other guys imo

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    So the guy has Henery like FG accuracy but can get touchbacks. Already sounds like he may be an upgrade.

    • peteike

      exactly. Just happy to see them at least address the Henery problem finally

      • Johnny Domino

        Still would look at McManus if the Jints cut him.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      in college. in the south with nice weather and domes. Henery needs upgraded, i’d rather see a NE vet kicker with some chops get released.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        I would, too. But, this is at least better competition for Henery than Murderleg was. Plus, the release you ask for probably wouldn’t happen this early.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          guess unless this kid comes in and knocks their socks off. i’m all for it. i’d trade 80th guy thru 90th guy, the Howie special trash for trash trades, over next week. why not? still think once the cuts to 60, you’ll see a vet brought in, maybe 2, and have couple day kickoff. that McNamus kid supposably puts KO thru uprights.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            That’s what I’m saying, when we’re coming up on the second round of cuts is when we may have a chance at a released kicker to really push him. I’d think that the other teams that have 2 kickers in want to run the competition as long as possible.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            wonder if it’s 60 or 53? never paid that much attention to kicker battles. the whole thing annoys me. hate kickers. if i was commissioner, my first day i’d raise the crossbar 10 feet and narrow goal posts by 1/3. get teams to go for 4th downs more around the 30-35.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I differ from you here. More of a traditionalist when it comes to the kicker, FGs, XPs. I mean, “football” would an incredibly stupid name for the game if the only time the foot hit the ball was when teams punt.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            XPs shouldnt be at 99.9%, it’s a waste, not saying get rid of them, get make that pnt mean something. and once inside 35, have 3 in bag 90% of the time. Henery isnt good, but in real live scoring of the game, what’s the difference b/t him and best kicker if you averaged out a season, like 4 pnts a game. think kicking should be 50 times harder, make 3 pnts mean something. take every other position, the difference b/t best and below average is huge. sure, i’m not including field position on kickoff. kickers have just gotten so good.

          • John E. Zang

            Why do you want a field goal to be so hard to make? No one would ever try them. It’s been a big part of the game for years and I think we should leave it be. There’s nothing wrong with it. Some of the biggestest memories in big games have been field goals. It absolutely belongs in football.

  • Andy

    Maybe they are thinking his distance on kick-offs will translate into more field goal range with thousands of practice reps? Do you stash a kicker on the practice squad?

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    Great job, Howie

  • JosephR2225

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    • sprawl

      Have to disagree, Cowboys are bad and Jerry Jones is NOT a genius.

      • JosephR2225

        No, Sorry. I tried to delete it via edit. I realized I got bad info from a guy in my office.

  • Eagles1018…Please no more du

    Parkey was on my radar for rookie kickers in this years draft. I’m glad to see them get more serious about the entire special teams unit. I guess Sheil and Tim will revise their 53 man roster predictions now?

  • paul from nc

    Giving up a guy you were going to toss out anyway, for a guy that MAY help.
    I can’t fault that move at all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RipperEagle96?feature=mhee RJ

    Not a bad move at all. As long as he can make practice kicks unlike Spear then I think it will be more of a challenge for Henery. At the very least I hope he gets some looks over the next two games.

  • wydok

    “Indy Kicker” sounds like the name of a XM radio station.

  • Kev_H

    I don’t see Henery as much of a problem. He has consistently been 23rd-24th in the league in touchbacks, which definitely can be upgraded, but in 86 FGA he has a top three all-time FG percentage (Vanderjaggt 86.47%, Kaeding 86.19%, Henery 86.05%). and has only missed one extra point in 117 tries. Ideally, you’d like an accurate guy with a better leg, but you can do a lot worse and I think FG reliability is the most valuable kicker trait.

    • Token

      Your drunk on the kool aid.

    • MediaMike

      Nice Wild Card game effort from Henery!

  • Jerry Pomroy

    I was very much hoping that they’d bring someone in. My faith in Henery is completely gone. I don’t think his problem is ability, but rather psychological. Had a good rookie campaign but has been a steady mess since.

    Hopefully, they can also get their hands on the McManus kid and let it be an all out best man wins.