Punter Ken Parrish kicked off tonight, which told me that the Eagles are very worried about David Akers’ leg.
Sure, he was perfect on five field goal attempts, but the longest was 36 yards.
There’s really no way the Eagles carry three specialists, so if they’re willing to see if Parrish can kick off (spoiler: he was awful), they might actually be so worried about Akers that they’re willing to part ways with a punter in Sav Rocca who had career highs in net yardage and several peripherals last year.
Parrish did at least have a pair of nice punts (even if his third and final one was out of control), so for the most part he did that portion of his job well.
However, the kick coverage teams did not do theirs. Parrish’s lack of ability to get the ball to the end zone is troubling enough, but they allowed four of five lengthy returns—two of which gave the Jags the ball near midfield—and the only touchback came on a lucky bounce.
And to top it off, Quintin Demps hurt his knee on the opening kickoff and never returned.
New coordinator Bobby April has his work cut out for him.