Adam Schefter is reporting that the Colts have traded kicker Cody Parkey – yes the same Cody Parkey they waived yesterday (rescinded according to Stephen Holder)– for rookie Eagles running back David Fluellen (5-11, 224). The Eagles have been looking at other kickers around the league, particularly on teams carrying two of them for the preseason, as they’ve been unsure about moving forward with last year’s starter Alex Henery, who was 7/11 from 40-49 yards last year.
Parkey hasn’t seen a ton of action, but he hit from 31 and 45 yards in week 2 of the preseason as well as some nice kickoffs and looks like a guy with a big leg. The Eagles are hoping for someone who can hit from a distance, and Parkey could have a chance to make the team there.
Meanwhile, the Colts could use another body at running back for the preseason, as they remain cautious with their top two. They also might like to see if someone besides Dan Herron can make a strong case for himself this preseason.
Fluellen didn’t play last week but caught a 14-yard touchdown and ran 6 times for 25 yards (long of 15) against the Bears in week 1 of the preseason. That isn’t much to go on, but that’s what we have.
Fluellen’s 40 time at the combine was a power-back-like 4.72 seconds. He fared a little better at his pro day with a 4.66-second 40, 16 bench reps, and a 6.90-second 3-cone drill (under 7 seconds generally is a good thing for quickness and agility).
Here is his bio from philadelphiaeagles.com:
A two-time first-team All-MAC honoree from the University of Toledo, David Fluellen finished fourth in program history with 3,336 rushing yards. Despite missing nearly four games due to injuries as a senior in 2013, he went on to lead the team with 1,121 rushing yards, while totaling 10 touchdowns. As a junior in 2012, he ranked eighth in the nation with 124.8 yards per game, while posting the fifth-best rushing total in school history with 1,498 yards. A first-team Class 2A all-state honoree, Fluellen amassed 1,638 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior at Lockport HS (NY).
Here is Fluellen against Florida last year (this is not a highlight reel, so you’ll get the good and the bad in here):
Sure, a safety would’ve been nice, but he likely would have been of the same caliber as the back they just acquired. Parkey isn’t proven enough after two preseason FGs to demand a potential starting safety in return. Watch Brown, Adams, and McDonald closely at that position. One of them is going to have to be the guy.