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Senior Bowl: Parkey on target; Ford hot again

Jan. 22, 2014

Former Auburn kicker Cody Parkey has had a good week at Senior Bowl practice (USA Today Photo)

By Phillip Marshall

MOBILE, Ala. – For former Auburn kicker Cody Parkey, the first two days of practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl have been all he could have hoped for.

He’s been deadly accurate on field goals and has consistently sent kickoffs through the end zone.

Parkey is generally ranked as the No. 3 kicker in this year’s draft. That could mean he’ll be left to make his own deal as a free agent.

“Will I be drafted? I really don’t know,” Parkey said. “That’s really not the biggest thing for a kicker. Most of them don’t get drafted. You just want to get a shot at a place where you have a chance.”

Parkey has a different kind of partner this week. Alabama punter Cody Mandell is doubling as his holder.

“Different,” Parkey said, “but we’ve for known each other for a while. It’s good.”

Another big day for Dee Ford

Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford had another big day Tuesday, the second day of practice. Offensive tackles have had difficulty containing him in pass rush situations.

“I had a good day,” Ford said. “Consistency is the key. I’m not out here trying to be a super hero. Today was pretty consistent.”

Ford said most NFL teams view him as an outside linebacker, but he’ll have at least one more game as a defensive end.

“This week I’m going to be at end,” Ford said. “We are just here to form a team and see how players respond to coaching.”

Ford met with several with representatives from several NFL teams Monday night and said he enjoyed the experience, particularly meeting Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

“It went great,” Ford said. “It was fun. It was an honor to meet Coach Tomlin and Rex Ryan. … I think two weren’t able to make it, but I met with most of the teams.”

South head coach impressed

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, whose staff is coaching the South team, said Ford has stood out.

“Dee is exciting,” Bradley said. “I really like his personality, I like his spirit. He loves the game and he showcases that on the practice field. Anytime a guy can come off the edge and show the ability to have some rushes in him, it really stands out.

Georgia’s Aaron Murray on the scene

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, still recovering from a knee injury suffered late last season, is in town as an honorary member of the South team. He has weighed in, met with teams and watched practice.

Murray measured 6-0 3/8, avoiding the dreaded “under 6 feet” tag.

Former South Carolina stars Jadeveon Clowney and Marcus Lattimore were also on hand at Tuesday’s practice.

Falcons coach sees valuable opportunity

With the Atlanta Falcons coaching the North team, head coach Mike Smith said it’s a chance to learn about players who will be in the draft.

“It is invaluable to have the opportunity to coach this game,” Smith said. “Our coaching staff has embraced it. We get an opportunity to interact with both teams. We have a common cafeteria, so we’re getting an opportunity that 30 other teams do not get and that’s to interact with these players in different settings. The media setting, watching tape, practice, riding the bus, you get a lot of information when you spend a lot of time together.”


Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for Follow Marshall on Twitter:




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