Former Florida place-kicker Caleb Sturgis had made 55 field goals in two years for the Miami Dolphins when he lost his job in a preseason competition with Andrew Franks, an undrafted rookie with a degree in biomedical engineering from NCAA Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
After kicking for two seasons with the Dolphins, Franks seemed head for a third. Miami didn’t bring in a training-camp kicker to push him, and, naturally, Franks’ next stop was the 2017 season when the Dolphins trimmed their 90-player roster to the regular-season limit of 53 on Saturday.
On Sunday, though, Miami waived Franks.
“There was a guy out there that we liked, and we decided to make a change,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said, succinctly stating Miami’s reason for cutting Franks.
The “guy” that Miami liked was former Auburn place-kicker Cody Parkey, who’d been released by the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Awarded to the Dolphins off the NFL waiver wire on Sunday, Parkey’s NFL journey shares a link with Franks.
Parkey made the Pro Bowl in his first NFL season, when he scored a league rookie record 150 points and set a single-season record for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014.
But Parkey tore three groin muscles three games into the 2015 season, sending him to the sidelines for the rest of the campaign and into surgery in December 2015.
Needing a kicker, the Eagles signed Sturgis, fresh over his displacement by Franks.