Special Risk: Eagles loose Akers, Rocca

Andy Reid made it clear last season: he can count when it comes to adding up points.

And after today, another thing is very clear: Reid is counting on two rookies to step up big.

David Akers, the best kicker the Eagles franchise has ever seen, is now a San Francisco 49er after signing a 3 year deal. Sav Rocca, the teams veteran punter over the last few years, is now a Washington Redskin.

Chas Henry

Despite reports that no free agents from the team were going to be brought back, including Akers and Rocca, some people felt that given what was behind them, their was a chance they could be brought back.

This leaves the special teams up to two rookies- Alex Henery, the rookie kicker from Nebraska, and Chas Henry, a rookie punter from Florida.

Henry was an accomplished punter in college, winning the Ray Guy Award for best punter last season. Henry also showed a knack for “place punting”, as he 16 of his 50 kicks landed inside the 20, and only 13 were fair caught. Henry’s punts averaged just over 47 yards.

Reports from camp today were that Henry looked impressive kicking the ball, sending booming kicks through the skys at Lehigh University. However, there is a big difference between camp and the fourth quarter of a key division game.

With both Akers and Rocca gone, the special teams are slowly becoming the most important story line of this training camp.

 

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