We continue our training camp preview on the Cleveland Browns by looking at the special teams units. In Part 1, we’ll focus on the kicker, punter, and long snapper positions. In Part 2, we’ll look at return man candidates and special teams aces.
1. Cody Parkey – Veteran Kicker
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190 lbs | Age: 25
Experience: 4 years | College: Auburn
Last year, the Browns’ entire training camp competition was between Travis Coons and Patrick Murray. Although Coons was accurate in 2015, there were concerns about his distance. When he tried to work on that for 2016, his accuracy went down, so Murray won the job. During practice leading up to Week 3, Murray suffered a knee injury. The Browns placed him on injured reserve and signed Parkey off the street.
Parkey had some decent credentials. An undrafted rookie in 2014, he made the Philadelphia Eagles roster and became a Pro Bowler with a 32-of-26 (88.9%) season. However, he suffered a season-ending groin injury three weeks into the 2015 season, and he lost out in a competition with Caleb Sturgis in 2016. Things didn’t exactly go great in Parkey’s debut for the Browns. In fact, he had a nightmare game, going 3-of-6 (50%) against Miami with misses from 41, 42, and 46 yards. The last miss came when the game was tied with 0:04 left in regulation; if he would’ve made that, Cleveland fans and players could’ve avoided months of stress over a possible 0-16 season (but they may have also missed out on Myles Garrett).
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