The Philadelphia Eagles were on the hunt today for a new kicker after Cody Parker injured his groin. They tried out six different kickers, including Nick Novak, Billy Cundiff, Shayne Graham, Kai Forbath, and Carey Spear. It's the sixth player, however, that they signed: former Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis.
Who would have bet that Sturgis would have a job before punter Brandon Fields?
The #Eagles are placing K Cody Parkey on IR with a groin injury, out for the season. They will sign Caleb Sturgis, sources say— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2015
Sturgis, obviously, was a disappointment with the Dolphins, who used a fifth-round selection on him in the 2013 Draft. He has a career field goal conversion percentage of 77.5 percent, and he has never been great at kickoffs. Dolphins fans routinely held their breath every time Sturgis came on the field, never sure he was going to actually put points on the board. He was replaced this year by undrafted rookie Andrew Franks for this season. Now, Sturgis has a chance to resurrect his career with the Eagles.