Were it not for kicker Cody Parkey the Miami Dolphins might not have made it the playoffs last year. Now it seems the Dolphins are counting on Parkey getting them back to the playoffs again this year.
Parkey, who was cut by the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, was one of two players (the other was former Chiefs linebacker Justin March-Lillard) claimed off waivers on Sunday by the Dolphins, who suddenly have a kicking controversy on their hands.
The arrival of Parkey has left the Dolphins, at least for now, with two kickers, the other being incumbent Andrew Franks, whose future in Miami has yet to be officially determined, though it doesn’t look good.
It’s possible the Dolphins will opt to keep two kickers, but that seems unlikely. That said, the addition of Parkey seemed a bit unlikely, too, especially after the way he performed against the Dolphins last year.
Parkey almost single-footedly handed the Dolphins their first victory – and their only victory in the first five weeks of the season – when he missed three of the six field goals he tried in a 30-24 Browns loss last Sept. 25.
Without that victory the Dolphins never would have made it to the playoffs last year, and their outlook on the 2017 season might be a whole lot different than it is right now.
The good news is that, with the exception of that game against the Dolphins, Parkey was actually pretty good last year, making good on all but two of his 19 field goal attempts while also making all but one of his 21 PATs.
That’s pretty much in keeping with the way Parkey has performed since he first came into the league with the Eagles in 2014, when he finished his season at the Pro Bowl after setting an NFL rookie scoring record with 150 points.
Parkey comes to the Dolphins having made 55 of 65 career field goal attempts (84.6-percent), including all five attempts 50 yards out or more, as well as 81 of his 82 PAT tries.
Franks, on the other hand, has made just 78.4-percent of his career kicks (29-of-37), including just two of his four tries beyond 50 yards and 74 of 78 PATs (94.9-percent).