Alex Henery’s days with the Eagles could be waning after he missed a field goal for the second straight week. This time it was from gimme range.
“Just didn’t get all the way though the ball,” Henery said after he missed a 31-yard attempt in the Eagles’ 31-21 preseason win over the Steelers. “I was having a good day kicking the ball and I was happy and a short one like that can ruin your whole day so I’m not happy after that one.”
Neither was Chip Kelly, who was asked if he thought Henery was losing his confidence.
“I wish I could put my finger on that,” Kelly said on Thursday night. “I don’t know what he’s battling. Obviously, you got to make a field goal like that. You got to make it.”
The Eagles were already concerned enough about Henery to add another kicker to what had not been much of a competition. They traded for undrafted rookie Cody Parkey on Wednesday and had the former Colts kicker handle two kickoffs.
Kelly was asked if he thought bringing in another kicker – undrafted rookie Carey Spear has been in camp all summer but has been underwhelming – got into Henery’s head.
“I don’t know, but if outside influences are going to affect you … that’s something you got to deal with, you know what I mean?” Kelly said. “There’s going to be competition at every position and our job is to make sure that we put the best players out there and the guys that give us the best chance.”
Henery connected on a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter after missing wide right from 47 yards a week earlier against the Patriots. But he pushed the 31-yard chip shot wide right in the fourth quarter.
Parkey didn’t attempt any field goals, but he hit on his lone extra point try. The Auburn product is known for his deep kickoffs. His first attempt traveled five yards deep into the end zone and was brought out 20 yards. His second was fielded four yards deep and was returned 49 yards.
Henery had four kickoffs. Two were touchbacks, one traveled six yards deep and was returned 27 yards and another was four yards deep and was brought back 25 yards.
“I was hitting really good kickoffs in pregame and in the game,” said Henery, who struggled to kick deep last season. “The [previous] field goal was good and that last one just snuck away from me. I’ve got to be better. It will probably ruin my night, but I’ll wake up tomorrow ready to go and get those out of there and get myself ready for the next one.”
Kelly was asked to assess the kicking competition with one more preseason game to go against the New York Jets next Thursday.
“I couldn’t assess it. We just got Cody literally this afternoon,” he said. “We obviously [needed] to bring someone else in and that’s what we did, and then we’ll see. So we got another week. The good thing is we got another week before we go play the Jets."