Turns out that Jay Cutler’s debut for the Dolphins Sunday wasn’t the only relevant one. Kicker Cody Parkey booted his way into Miami fans hearts right away, too with a four field goal performance that has earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Parkey’s final field goal from 54 yards with just over a minute remaining won the game Sunday over the Chargers 19-17:
Game winning field goal ✔︎
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 20, 2017
The fourth year kicker from Auburn, but who’s originally from Jupiter, FL, was two weeks removed being released by the Cleveland Browns (insert your punchline). And, the Dolphins did not hesitate to scoop him up. In doing so, they bounced former kicker Andrew Franks, who made several big field goals for Miami over the previous couple of years, himself.
It was considered a bold move, as special teams go, by the Phins on the eve of the season, but it obviously, paid off in week one.
“Anything that’s within my range that my leg can do, I feel like I’m a pretty accurate kicker,” Parkey told the media on Monday. “I go out there and try to kick it the same as I would an extra point, and not really try to emphasize it, and I think that’s maybe why I’ve had success. A little bit of luck here and there always helps, but I’m very blessed to be where I’m at.”
Parkey is the first Dolphin to get special teams honors in the AFC, since 2015, when Jarvis Landry coincidentally in week one, also and against the Cleveland Browns, got the honors after his punt return TD.