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Possible kicker options for Eagles to replace injured Caleb Sturgis

Possible kicker options for Eagles to replace injured Caleb Sturgis

Word broke Monday after Doug Pederson’s press conference that kicker Caleb Sturgis is expected to miss several weeks with a quad strain in his plant leg.

The Eagles signed Sturgis on Sept. 28, 2015 following a season-ending injury to Cody Parkey and he's been a solid addition ever since, eventually beating out Parkey for the job. With the Eagles, Sturgis has converted 56 of 66 field goal attempts — with a long of 55 yards — and 66 of 70 extra points.

There were 14 NFL kickers cut by NFL teams this preseason. Here’s a look at all 14 and who could be available for the Birds:

Mike Meyer — Meyer was waived by the Falcons and has been a member of two practice squads, in 2015 and 2017, but has yet to play in in NFL game.

Roberto Aguayo — A highly-publicized second-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016, Aguayo was waived by both the Bucs and the Bears within a month. The three-time All-American for Florida State has gone 22 for 31 in his NFL career.

Jake Elliott — A fifth-round pick this season by the Cincinnati Bengals out of the University of Memphis, Elliott lost the job to veteran kicker Randy Bullock out of camp. The 2015 All-American connected on 21 of 26 field goals for the Tigers in 2016 and hit a program-record 81 during his career.

Cody Parkey — The former Eagles kicker, who was waived by the Cleveland Browns, has been signed by the Miami Dolphins. He's not available. 

Nick Novak — Novak is the most experienced kicker on the list. Since 2005, Novak has appeared in 111 NFL games with five different teams and has made 82.8 percent of his career attempts. Novak went 35 for 41 with a long of 53 yards for the Houston Texans in 2016 but was waived in favor of Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Sam Ficken — Known for kicking at Penn State, Ficken was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs in early September. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

Josh Lambo — Lambo caught on with the San Diego Chargers for two seasons before losing out to Younghoe Koo during camp. Lambo has connected on 52 of 64 kicks during his two-year career.

Travis Coons — Coons was a member of the Cleveland Browns for two seasons in 2014-15. He has connected on 28 of 32 field goals, with a long of only 47 yards. He tried out for the Los Angeles Rams this season and was waived in early September.

Marshall Koehn — Koehn made 77.8 percent of his kicks in college. He was a member of the Dolphins' practice squad in 2016 and was waived by the Minnesota Vikings in early September.

Mike Nugent — Drafted in the second round after a standout career at Ohio State in 2005, Nugent has played in 153 NFL games for the Bengals, Buccaneers and New York Jets. He has made 80.8 percent of his kicks lifetime, but struggled the past three seasons, finishing below 80 percent in two of them with Cincinnati.

Ross Martin — Martin is Duke's leader in field goals made (78) and highest field goal percentage (89.3 percent). He spent last season on the Jets' practice squad and did not make the team out of camp this season.

Giorgio Tavecchio — Tavecchio was released by the Oakland Raiders out of camp but was added to the 53-man roster when Sebastian Janikowski went down with an injury. In Week 1, he became the first player in league history to hit two 50-plus yard field goals ​in his NFL debut.

Nick Rose — Rose was released by the Falcons in 2016 and again by the San Francisco 49ers in early September. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

Zach Hocker — Drafted in the seventh round in 2014 out of the University of Arkansas, Hocker signed a four-year deal with the Washington Redskins but was released during final roster cuts before the 2014 season. He has since kicked 14 field goals in the NFL, connecting on 10 of them, but hasn’t appeared in a game since 2015. He was waived by the Buccaneers in September.

Roob Knows: Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks

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Roob Knows: Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses the confusion surrounding the new lowering the helmet rule. Why Roob is still very confident Carson Wentz will start the season opener. Key positional battles you need to keep an eye on against the Browns. Also, Jordan Hicks tries to answer trivia questions about Jordan Hicks.

1:00 - New lowering the helmet rule.
5:30 - Little concern over Carson Wentz. Roob expects he will start against Atlanta.
8:00 - Positional battles to keep an eye on against the Browns.
12:00 - Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks.

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Eagles' Mack Hollins reportedly had offseason sports hernia surgery

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Eagles' Mack Hollins reportedly had offseason sports hernia surgery

Mack Hollins had a pretty disappointing training camp this summer, but at least we now might have a reason why.

Apparently, Hollins had offseason sports hernia surgery, NFL reporter Adam Caplan said on Inside The Birds podcast.

That makes some sense.

Despite working as a starter throughout training camp, thanks to Alshon Jeffery’s being on PUP, Hollins hasn’t made much of an impact. In the first preseason game, he played 21 snaps without a catch and was targeted just once.

From then, he missed practice on Aug. 11 and the next three days after. He also missed the game for an undisclosed reason. Hollins finally returned to practice this past Sunday.

It’s unclear if Hollins missed those practices and the game because of lingering effects from the surgery and at this time of year, injury information is hard to come by.

But earlier today, head coach Doug Pederson said “the rest that [Hollins has] been getting has really helped him.”

Pederson seemed unsure if Hollins will play on Thursday night against the Browns.

“So hopefully this week, we'll see where he's at,” Pederson said. “He practiced a little bit yesterday and got out there and did some nice things.

“So he's progressing and we'll see where he's at after today and then make a decision if even Mack is going to be available because he's another one that, he's a big part of our special teams units and I want to make sure going forward that he's also 100 percent to start the season.”

Last season, after he was drafted in the fourth round, Hollins caught 16 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. He played 25 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps.

It seemed like he was due for a big sophomore season — the Eagles even hired his former position coach to take over as their receivers coach — but this at least helps to explain the lack of production this summer.

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