Yes, I know. I must have nothing else to write about, that is why I am writing about a kicker. I said to myself “screw it, I’ll do it”. I mean, there really weren’t many bright spots on the Philadelphia Eagles last season, but Alex Henery was one of them. He wasn’t “David Akers-esque”, but he was close.
In his second season with the Eagles he went 27 of 31 on field goal attempts. Plus, he made a franchise record 22 field goals in row (miss came on a 58 yard attempt). That’s not a bad follow-up from his rookie season when he set a new NFL record for field goal accuracy by a rookie kicker.
Henery is a very reliable kicker obviously, but will he turn into the weapon that Akers was? The question is does Henery have the leg for it? He is a career 15-of-16 from 40-49 yards out. That sounds good to me, but he is a career 1-of-3 from 50 plus yards. The one that he connected on was in 2011 (51 yards). Akers, on the other hand, is 24-of-47 in his career from 50 plus yards. Two years ago, he was 7-of-9 from 50 plus yards for the San Francisco 49ers. Akers’ career long is a 63 yarder.
Maybe Andy Reid was holding him back, or is it that Henery just doesn’t have the leg for it? I don’t think you can judge on only three attempts from 50 plus yards. We will see if he can become the weapon Akers once was.