2016 NFL Season

Cody Parkey facing fight to get his job back after returning from injury

20851943-mmmainBy Mark Inabinett | minabinett@al.com
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on August 03, 2016 at 11:30 AM

One season removed from setting an NFL rookie scoring record, Cody Parkey is in a training-camp battle to keep his spot as the Philadelphia Eagles’ place-kicker.

Since scoring 150 points for the Eagles in the 2014 season, the former Auburn standout missed most of the 2015 campaign after tearing three groin muscles.

Caleb Sturgis emerged as the winner of the tryouts to take Parkey’s place last year, and Philadelphia has carried both kickers into training camp this year.

“Caleb’s an awesome kicker,” Parkey told CSN Philadelphia. “I love competing with him. He’s going to bring it every day, so if I don’t bring it, then it’s not going to be good. He’s making me better, and I hope I’m making him better.”

The Eagles swung a preseason trade with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 to obtain Parkey, who was headed for the waiver wire after providing training-camp competition for Adam Vinatieri, the No. 3 scorer in NFL history.

Parkey made it pay off with a Pro Bowl performance. He made all 54 of his extra-point attempts and 32-of-36 field-goal attempts to break the NFL rookie scoring record of 144 points set by Chicago Bears place-kicker Kevin Butler in 1985. Parkey also set a Philadelphia single-season scoring record, connected for an Eagles’ record four field goals of at least 50 yards and made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team.

Last year, Parkey made it through only three games before the injury ended his season.

“It’s part of the game,” Parkey said. “It’s what you sign up for. If you don’t get injured in your career, you’re pretty fortunate. It’s just a minor setback for a major comeback. I’m ready to roll, and I’m really looking forward to the days that are coming.”

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