Alex Henery‘s accuracy, especially from long distance, had been shaky in the first few weeks of the season, an anomaly for him. Not on this day. Henery had a perfect afternoon, going 5-for-5 including a 41-yard attempt. He looked sharp despite it being a musky, windy day and the Philadelphia Eagles needed him to be.
Henery came under fire after missing a few field goals badly in the previous few weeks. Special teams coach Dave Fipp tweaked a few things in Henery’s game and he looked better than ever on Sunday. Going into this season, Henery was the Eagles’ most accurate field goal kicker in franchise history. His early accuracy struggles were certainly a surprise to everyone, including head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly’s confidence in the kicker never wavered though. He stuck up for him in the media and it paid dividends on Sunday. The Eagles will need Henery to continue to deliver. In many close games, field position and special teams are the difference between a win or loss. If Henery can continue to boom his kickoffs and kick with accuracy in both short and long situations, it will go a long way toward squeaking out victories in the coming weeks.
Hopefully, Henery has gotten most of his misses out of the way early in the season. In a potential playoff run, the Eagles will need him to be on his A game down the stretch. We haven’t seen a stretch like this from Henery in his young career. Luckily, he snapped out of it on Sunday in a crucial divisional win. Let’s hope his hot streak continues.