DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins made a change at kicker and punter and coach Adam Gase explained it was less about needing to make a change and more about the players they’ve added.
Miami added kicker Cody Parkey of Jupiter, releasing Andrew Franks.
“It’s more in that general direction of there was a guy out there that we liked and we decided to make a change,” Gase said of Parkey.
The Dolphins had not brought in a kicker to compete with Franks this off-season.
Parker was a Pro Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, setting a franchise scoring record and NFL rookie scoring record with 150 points.
That season, Parkey converted 17 consecutive field goals, the second-longest streak in team history.
Last season, playing for the Cleveland Browns, Parkey missed five field goals between 40 and 49 yards, which is a big part of the reason why he was beaten out in camp.
In a loss at Miami last season, Parkey missed three field goals for the Browns, including what would have been a game-winner from 46 yards on the final play of regulation.
Asked about that game, Gase said: “I’m good. I didn’t even count that game. I’ve seen him. He’s been around for a minute. So there’s a lot of trust there.”
The Dolphins also let go veteran punter Matt Darr in favor of rookie Matt Haack.
“It wasn’t as easy as some people make it sound,” Gase said. “Matt did, I mean, he competed and he improved and those two guys battled. And at the end of the day that’s the decision we decided to make. We feel that we have something special there. And the fact that he’s left-footed. It works out. It’s tough for returners. I know my time every time we played a left footed punter it was always non-stop conversation by the special teams coaches.”