The road ahead for the Eagles continues to get harder each week, The early struggles of the offense and the lack of identity has kept the Eagles in a awkward bound between a contender and a pseudo-contender. Adding on to the difficulty, pro-bowler kicker Cody Parkey has been placed on season-ending injury reserve with a groin injury.
Watching the Eagles take on the Jets from my couch, you could tell something was off with Parkey. One kickoff rolled of bounds and another one went to the 8-yard line.
Quoted from an interview with CSN Philly.com, Parkey stated
“I went through a lot of pain in the game, but was able to hit all my kicks. I got an MRI, and it showed I tore all three muscles in the groin, which is obviously a long-term injury.”
Parkey did manage to play the entire game, finishing with a field-goal and nailing all three of his PATs in the win.
Parkey was obtained from the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 and set an NFL rookie record for 150 points in a single season. His success earned him a spot as the first-alternative for the 2014 Pro Bowl as a rookie.
To replace the missing talent to some degree, the Eagles have announced the signing of former Miami Dolphins kicker, Caleb Sturgis. Sturgis is 26 years old and has been in the league for two seasons. He is a career 77.5% field goal kicker and he will continue to build his resume as a quality kicker in the NFL.
With the Eagles getting their first win over the New York Jets, the pressure from fans have dwindled slightly, but that will all soon return next week as all eyes will be on the newest Eagle. Sturgis will get his first opportunity to show his abilities on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
My confidence in Sturgis is off-the-charts! I wish him the best of luck and may he prosper in the Eagles fast-paced offense.